SNOW Beautiful!!! I’d “predicted” 5″…I was wrong. Downtown Athens, TN in the Snow is a magical sight…especially 6 inches. (Wound up right about 8!!!) How’s that for a “walkabout”?!
I was working late at the studio, I know I know…nothing new there, but I wasn’t expecting Snowmageddon from Winter Storm Pax to hit so quickly. I was glad I put extra winter clothes and boots in my ride a few weeks ago. I started home later in the eve, but quickly turned back around as none of my paths were plowed, even on the normally bustling main thoroughfares crawling along in my SUV at 15-20mph was no match for the compacted mess.
I was destined to ride out this one in the studio, and I was oddly ok with getting “snowed in at work”…I had no idea how fun that would prove to be!
I worked on images until 1:30am. I hadn’t heard a vehicle struggle up North Jackson in about an hour so I figured it was “go time”. I bundled up, donned my gear and boots, and headed out the door.
It was an eerie quiet. I’ve worked many a late night, observed what I thought was “dead”, but this was a new kind of still…a welcome kind of quiet.
I strolled the streets around downtown shooting some of my favorite buildings which I think are beautiful old works of architecture normally when it’s a clear day…this was a new kind of pretty. The snow brought out details in the old gals that I’d never noticed before.
Walking in the snow-covered streets as fresh fluff POURED from the sky, with no sound other than the squish of the snow under my feet followed by the faint “poof” as it hit the ground when I lifted my boot, provided an excitement and new wonder I have no words to explain! It.was.MAGICAL!
I’ve always loved snow, you may not find anyone who loves it more than I. My favorite feature is how it turns even something as unremarkable, or even ugly, like a trash can, into a brilliant new sight. Purified, “washed”…a more lovely picture of what Christ’s blood did for all who choose to believe!
“What’s underneath that pile? What’s making the snow shape that way under there?” It’s a mystery, covered in fluffy, frozen, white. I saw some of my favorite buildings draped in the proverbial “icing” on the pretty cakes. They just do not make buildings like these beauties anymore! The brick, the wood work, the windows, the tiny, intricate details that normally we breeze by too fast to notice…not this night…I absorb them all coated in brilliant, white, shimmer.
I took just a “few” images 😉 whittling them down to what you’ll see below, and as I couldn’t decide if I liked color or b&w better I decided to share both. So, enjoy downtown Athens…deserted, and blanketed in white. You may view the images in larger size via the BJP Fine Art Gallery under “Athens: Snowstorm 2014”