Sunday, December 6, 2009

A walk in the snow

Saturday, the D.C. area got its first snow storm of the winter. It's was a time for snuggling up under a blankie on the couch, sipping some hot chocolate and slipping a movie into the Blu-ray. For those of us like to take pictures, it was also a time to head outside to see what we can see.

Personally, I wandered over to Arlington National Cemetery. I'd wanted to get down to the Mall as well, but there wasn't just snow coming down and cameras aren't very fond of the wet. So I had to be satisfied with Arlington.

And, despite only spending about 45 or so minutes strolling its quiet paths, I was.

The colors in this one immediately caught my eye from a good distance. The snow was coming down, but there wasn't quite enough to cover the fallen leaves...yet.
I also shot a close-up for better detail, and when I looked at it later, I was surprised to see exactly what I’d captured. If you take a close look at the picture (click on it) and look at the campaigns these men served in, in just this one small area of Arlington there are veterans of the Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and Operation Iraqi Freedom. The stone front-right with the gold lettering belongs to Medal of Honor recipient Ordinary Seaman Gustav Adolf Sundquist, who served in Cuba (where he received the Medal) and later in World War I.
The red bow and the color left in the leaves here caught my eye.

A lone Christmas wreath decorating a stone.

Hope everyone enjoyed the snow. And, if you didn't get any where you are, there's always next time.


lacochran said...

They're good. I especially like the first one--the strange look of the stones and the clarity of the snow in the forefront makes it sort of surreal. I can see where the combination of the black and white starkness with the splashes of color in the others would draw you. Nicely done!

Sebastian said...

Dang, Foggy, the second and third photos are killer.

I'm incredibly jealous. I visited Arlington cemetery in the middle of summer.

Grr... beautiful. Well done :)

cavy said...

the colors in your third picture remind me of the spring commercials. your pictures are way cooler.

FoggyDew said...

lacochran - sometimes less is, indeed, more.

Seb - Thank you. High praise indeed from a shooter of your skills. One summer evening I was over there and caught it right at golden hour: the headstones almost seemed to glow.

cavy - Well, thank you too. Spring commercials? Just wondering...

A said...

Those pictures are gorgeous...but I thought you said you got a snow STORM. merely a delightful dusting.

FoggyDew said...

A - Toe-may-toe, Toe-mah-toe. If this storm had happened on a weekday, the American govt would have come crashing to a screeching halt because D.C. is, first and foremost, a Southern city (but with Northern charm).

I didn't mention the best part of the snow: It was perfect slushball snow. You know, the kind that when it hits someone in the back of the head explodes and runs right down the back of their jacket?

Liebchen said...

I love the ones with the bow and the wreath. It's striking how they stand out against the other stones.

FoggyDew said...

They were indeed eye-catching. If you look closely at the wide shot with the wreath (-41), you'll see another little splash of color down in the bottom right.