Snow Day!

We have alarms set for 5:45 am so that the kids can get ready for school. Today, just moments before the alarms went off, the phone rang – SNOW DAY! I opened the blinds to see blizzard conditions – a good six to eight inches of snow on the driveway, and more falling fast. The kids were asking to go outside by 7:30, so we all went out and shoveled the driveway. (I don’t think that’s quite what they had in mind… but I told them that’s the price you pay for a snow day.) :) Afterward, they spent the morning playing in the drifts… building snow forts and making angels, throwing snow balls and sledding… and getting cold.

I pulled out my camera. I guess you aren’t surprised.

Nick, Damian, Anna, and Nora preparing NOT to throw snowballs at my camera. Or else. :)

Anna wearing two hats and a hood. Did I mention it’s cold out there?

Nora being her sweet self…

and Damian, catching snowflakes with his tongue.My fingers were freezing, so I came in and processed my photos while they enjoyed the winter wonderland. It’s still coming down out there. I see that we may get as much as two feet of snow by tomorrow morning. The kids will be happy… and the snow shovels will get a lot of use. Oh boy oh boy. ;) Hot chocolate, anyone?


I wanted to add one more photo, so rather than start another blog post, I’ll just add it here. Like I said – it was a fun morning.

And for those who are interested, I shot these with a 28-70mm lens on my Canon 7D. An aperture of 6.3 and a 1/60-second shutter speed let me capture the kids in sharp focus when they stood still for a portrait – and still get some moving snow. A faster shutter speed would have made the snow seem to freeze in the frame, but I wanted a sense of movement and fun… it’s a bunch of kids in a blizzard, right?

Processing was pretty easy since the sky was (and still is… and will be until about May) pretty heavily overcast. The light is incredibly even – diffused by the heavy clouds, and reflecting off the snow – so I have no glaring highlights or dark shadows to drag me down. The hardest part was keeping the camera dry… which I managed right up until Damian threw a snowball at Nick’s head. It bounced off his head, and hit the camera square in the lens. Oops!

4 replies
  1. Rebecca
    Rebecca says:

    I love that Anna is totally covered with snow in the first picture! and the one of Damian catching snowflakes is transcendant–it’s like he’s entered another realm where only he and the snow exist.

    Thank you for sharing.

  2. Chris
    Chris says:


    I just wish we could have a bit of snow here in Las Vegas! That would be so nice…I did my college years at an Idaho University that had that much snow on the ground usually for 6 months or more so I miss it…

    My little kids have really only been in the snow once and they were blown away to find out it was actually cold!

    • Varina Patel
      Varina Patel says:

      I spent a good chunk of my childhood in Moscow, Idaho – near the University of Idaho. My dad taught at the university, and we even lived in family housing for a few years. My heart is still in those beautiful Rocky Mountains. :) I’d be happy to send some of our snow your way. My children are enjoying their third snow day of the year today. It’s great fun… but I think we all feel that this is enough snow for a while! ;)

      Thanks for your comment!


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