One of my favorite things about a snowy day is the perfect lighting it provides for winter photography. The snow clouds diffuse the light of the sun so that the whole sky seems to be glowing at the same intensity, and the white snowflakes on the ground, trees, and rooftops reflect back. Soft light comes in at every angle.
This is my first winter here in Colorado Springs. It’s snowed many times, but it’s typically been this sandy, dry snow that blows away as soon as it falls.
This week, we had a different kind of snowfall. It stayed between 16 and 18 degrees Fahrenheit all day, and the snow came down in feathery bits that stuck around for the whole afternoon.
I put on two jackets and headed out into the neighborhood with my camera.
We live in an apartment complex in suburbia, but as soon as I got outside, the whole place seemed transformed. Even the little plants and shrubs maintained around the parking area looked epic. Here are a few of them.
This little tuft of grass was the first snow-adorned object I photographed when I stepped out the door.
I was amazed to notice that I could even make out individual snowflakes resting on the plants. Here’s another from a shrub around the parking lot.
There were more cool things in the apartment parking lot, but I hate feeling like people are watching me when I’m taking pictures. So I walked a few blocks into the neighborhood where I knew there was a little path between rows of houses.
Typically, this wouldn’t get me what I wanted (to not have people watching me while I walk up to random objects taking pictures). You see, I now live in suburbia.
Fortunately, it was so darn cold outside that not a soul was out—so I was able to wander around alone to my heart’s content.
Moving to the East side of Colorado Springs from the great Pacific Northwest has been more of a shock to my system than I anticipated. I’ve never lived in a place with so many houses up next to each other, so many chain restaurants, and so many strip malls. I’m used to more roaming space, and fewer cul-de-sacs.
Days like this snowy one let me experience a little more of the un-suburban life I miss.
The dogs who live in the houses on either side of this little path between neighborhoods love to bark their heads off whenever anyone comes by. I think it was too cold for that during my photoshoot. I only heard one meagre dog bark.
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