Northern Virginia didn’t receive any measurable amount of snow in the winter of 2018. During that first year of owning the property, I wanted to take some fun pictures of the farm in the snow, but alas, it did not happen. The snow hardly covered the frozen ground let alone allowed for pretty pictures.
With plenty of precipitation, 2019 has not disappointed us! The snow dumped two times this past week and left almost 10 inches in its wake! Since we never know when the snow will quickly melt away, I waisted no time at all capturing the snowy farm under the white blanket.
Pulling my snow pants up over my pajamas and stepping into my favorite Christmas present this year, Tall Black Arctic Muck Boots, I was ready to take on the winter wonderland.
Breathing in that fresh crisp cold air, the sea of untouched snow in front of me blanketed the view I had grown accustomed to seeing every day.
I think one of the most satisfying things about snow is the way it lays over the ground, covering imperfections, and evening out flaws.
Even the muddiest, most uneven, and unsightly terrain becomes a beautiful landscape with a thick covering of snow.
Unfortunately, sometimes I focus on the ugliness of farm life. Mud and mess are the two burrs that live in my boots. My joy can quickly roll down hill when I see mud puddles near my car, mud caked on clothes and a muddy dog in the house. Mess follows mud. By mess I mean, items waiting to be taken to the dump sitting outside my window. A broken washing machine, a retired fifteen passenger van, and a four-wheeler with a flat tire have all become part of the landscape. For me, mess is anything that distracts my eye of the beauty.
Here are two photos I captured of basically the same view outside my kitchen window. Can you spot the big blue van, the tire and the piles of wood? The second is much more pleasing to the eye.
Thankfully, just when we are growing impatient of the view, bothered by the imperfections of the landscape, a blanket of snow brings beauty and a different perspective.
It is all a matter of perspective.