What do you know? We’re having a snowy winter! Not many of those this decade. When I was a kid, it seemed as if it snowed every week. Well, that’s probably seeing the world through snow-covered glasses, but still, is there anything more welcome than the first snow? True, we had a snowstorm after Halloween this year. But that was an outlier, when leaves were still on the trees and leftover pumpkins in the yards. The first wintry snowfall sends everyone to the store for chili ingredients and cocoa mix. It also sends everyone with a smartphone to the back window to record those first inches accumulating on the patio furniture. Come on, you’ve seen those pictures on Facebook. The first snow is just as exciting for nature photographers as it is for all those chili-eaters and patio chroniclers. But snow photography is a challenge from an artistic standpoint, unless you are in Yellowstone or, say, Iceland. White is hard. And snow cover pushes you to find interesting captures once you’ve exhausted the usual suspects like pine needles, cardinal birds and nut-hunting squirrels. Then it snows again. And, then again. More chili? Another mug of cocoa? Flights canceled. Roads closed. Birthday parties, business meetings and basketball games all rescheduled to squeeze into a handful of clear forecasts. Then it snows. Again. Even the children are complaining. Hold that chili until October. This nature photographer is dreaming of barbeque. And wildflowers. I call this photograph Last Snowday. Hopefully.

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