Sunday, November 21, 2010

Magical Moment 290, "Waiting for Snow"

It’s nearly Thanksgiving and I’m still waiting for snow. I’m a Nebraska girl and have always felt right at home with snow at my feet. Before my husband and I moved outside New York City a year ago to try out this crazy music business thing, we lived in North Carolina for 3 ½ years, where snow is a rarity. Stationed at the Army base of Fort Bragg, we decided that we didn’t want to live in the military town of Fayetteville, and instead bought a house in the next town over, Raeford. One of the best things about living in Raeford was the drive to and from work. Yes, we were forced to wake up earlier and it took longer to get home at the end of a long day, but the driving route was through some amazing scenery.

Fort Bragg is geographically the largest Army post in the US because of the massive area of firing ranges and parachute drop zones. Our route to the Fort Bragg gate entrance took us right through these wide-open spaces. And while driving in the morning at sunrise, and the evening at sunset (typical work hours for the military), the view was even more beautiful.

The first autumn we lived there, I drove to work and passed a blooming cotton field. The next day, I remembered to bring my camera and pulled over to take pictures. The expansive white, evenly-spread fluff, reminded me of a Nebraskan snowfall. It satisfied my longing to see white covering the ground at the beginning signs of winter.

Not more than a few weeks later, I got my wish! Several inches of snow fell, shutting down the area for 2 days. Of course, the military still had to work. My husband drove us to the base and as the car was moving, I rolled down my passenger window and snapped this photo of tall, North Carolina pines dusted with a sparkling layer of snow.

Here in New Jersey, I keep looking up at the sky, wondering when this year’s first snow will come, wondering what’s accumulating in those white clouds. And that’s when I noticed. The purest, whitest, thickest, never-ending blanket imaginable. Not below my feet, but above my head!

*I found some other amazing snow pictures at this blog, Puzzle Pieces, click here.


Dawn said...

Okay...would you like to come up here and visit me? I would even let you take some of our white stuff home with you:)
I love that pine tree shot. It looks Magical ... like some other world I would like to walk through!
(Oh - and Thanks. I will tell my son what you said about his snow shots.)

Have a wonderful new week Elizabeth!

Elizabeth Grimes said...

I've always wanted to visit Canada! I just may have to do that. :)

Dawn said...

You would be welcome here any time....I think we would have a ton of fun together:))