Is that a weird title? Maybe. But that’s what’s been going through my head lately. I guess being that it is winter, it makes sense. We’ve had a lot of snow this winter, so we are surrounded constantly by a white winter wonderland. It is beautiful. Especially when we get a heavy frost that covers everything with its lacy wonderfulness. But back to the title…what is it about snow that makes me think of new beginnings? Well, I guess lots of associations. When you think of white, what do you think of? Let’s play a little bit of word association. White = pure, clean, new, fresh, new beginnings, a clean slate. There’s a verse in the Bible that talks about God making us “as white as snow” so there’s that sense there of being cleansed, having a clean slate, a fresh start, a new beginning. It is such a hopeful thought, isn’t it? Who doesn’t at one point or another hope for a new beginning/a chance to start over/do things differently? And I guess that’s kind of where I’m at. I’m a little late, I know, for New Year’s thoughts, but I think it’s still early enough in the year (and really, is it ever too late?) to think about this. To be honest, last year was a really hard year for me in a lot of ways, and I am looking forward to new beginnings and fresh starts this year. So the other day when I was walking down the river behind our house, through the newly fallen snow, I couldn’t help but think of the symbolism of snow and how it makes me feel hopeful for the future.
So in honour of all these deep thoughts, here are some of my favourite snowy shots I’ve taken this winter…some taken with my “professional” camera, some with my point and shoot, and some with my new ipad (which I am loving as it is a camera that’s always with me!)