Here it is, the 1st of February, the middle of winter, and we have yet to have any appreciable snowfall. We have only had a couple of snow events so far this winter and together they only amounted to just a few inches, and then quickly melted within the next day or so after they occurred. Mostly it has just been rainy with somewhat mild temperatures. Boring! Winter is pretty ugly around here when there is no snow, everything is dead and dirty, dull, gray and well….ugly. I prefer my winters to be cold and snowy. The snow makes the landscapes bearable, if not downright beautiful, this time of year.
Sure, some people may disagree with me and they prefer the mild winters, claiming they are “easier” to handle, and I understand that. No one likes the below zero cold snaps or the city crippling blizzards and snowstorms, but when it’s cold all of the time you get used to it and when the snow comes gradually, a couple of inches every few days, then it just looks and feels like winter. I was hoping to get out and shoot some winter landscapes, while I had some time off before starting my new job next week, but no such luck. There’s not even any snow in the forecast. So I had to resort to looking at some past winter photos that I have taken to remind me of what winter “used” to look like. This shot, of some tables in front of a Borders Books store, was taken in 2010 with a Lumix LX-3 that I had at the time.