First Snow* of 2017

This weekend eastern North Carolina had it's first snow*. I placed a * next to the word snow, due to the fact we were all hoping and wishing for lots of snow but instead, our area, got mostly sleet.  Most of the day on Saturday, when the event was happening, it was nasty, cold, sleeting with a few snow flakes, sub-freezing temperatures with howling winds. Complete cloud cover with the actual air temperature making it down to the teens, with the windchill in the single digits. 

Just about the time the sun began to set, the clouds were racing east, clearing the way for an absolute beautiful sunset. I ran outside, knowing I could not miss this opportunity. So I thawed my truck out and braved the cold ice covered roads in search for the perfect photograph. I had planned to drive to a barn close to my house but knew I wouldn't make it there in time. Only made it half a mile from my house before I stopped in the edge of field. The scene was unfolding right in front of me and it was happening very quickly. I was in such a rush to make it there I forgot my gloves and heavy coat. My fingers were bright red from the crushing cold as I began creating images. I stayed out there as long as I could take it before heading back home. I'm so glad I did! 

After getting back home and posting a image to social media, I noticed one of my FB friends had photographed a snowflake on her sleeve. You could see the beautiful design of the single snow flake and it inspired/excited me. I had always wanted to photograph a snowflake and since we don't get much snow I never really think about. By this time the sun had set and it was pretty dark. So I grabbed my camera, switched to my macro lens, picked up a flash light and went in search of a single snowflake. This was definitely like searching for a needle in a haystack. So I walked around looking at dark surfaces, deck hand rails, the grill and swing. Low and behold I found several very small and very unique snowflakes. I created around 50 images of different ones and the one below was the best. Its amazing how this tiny snow flake has such a beautiful design and no two are alike!

For most of east Carolina we got ice & snow. The forecast for the end of the week is calling for temperatures to be in the 60s & 70s, thats North Carolina for you! Next weekend I'll be on the east coast hopefully photographing some waterfowl and wading birds! 

Until next time, 

Cheers, Neil.