Our Last Blast of Winter

Because of our rather warm winter this year, I had wished for one more snow before spring arrived for good.  Last week I got my wish.  The weather was more cold than actually snowy, but there was just enough on the ground to make everything pretty.

With the Blue Ridge Parkway being closed, I wandered over to the Grove Park Inn.  The view from their Sunset Terrace is famous and unmistakable.  I had the porch mostly to myself except for the occasional person or two venturing out for a moment to take a selfie with the view in the background.

I’m really not sure how serious landscape photographers battle the elements to get those incredible shots.  I was on a covered porch and my fingers numbed quickly!  Changing the settings on a camera just isn’t possible with gloves on (at least for me), and once my fingers were frozen, even putting gloves back on didn’t help.  Brrrrr!

Most of these images look nearly the same, but in my defense, I was COLD!  Still, I was grateful to be in such a beautiful place looking at a beautiful view that morning.  I loved seeing the snow covered rooftops of people’s homes.  It makes the city look like such a quaint, small town.  Our city skyline is the perfect foreground for those blue mountains too.

Aperture: ƒ/8 | Focal length: 200mm | ISO: 400 | Shutter speed: 1/250s |

Aperture: ƒ/8 | Focal length: 102mm | ISO: 400 | Shutter speed: 1/250s |

Aperture: ƒ/8 | Focal length: 200mm | ISO: 640 | Shutter speed: 1/640s |

Aperture: ƒ/8 | Focal length: 142mm | ISO: 400 | Shutter speed: 1/250s |

Aperture: ƒ/8 | Focal length: 80mm | ISO: 250 | Shutter speed: 1/250s |

Aperture: ƒ/8 | Focal length: 200mm | ISO: 400 | Shutter speed: 1/250s |

This is when I went inside for coffee and to warm up!

Aperture: ƒ/8 | Focal length: 70mm | ISO: 1600 | Shutter speed: 1/500s |

Now, let’s go spring!!

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