I was blessed with a great photo opportunity during the holidays. We were in Seattle for Christmas weekend and on Christmas Eve it started to snow. What makes it even more spectacular than just the beauty of a white Christmas is that Seattle may get a snow or two during the winter months, but typically it is just cold rain. So, we were able to enjoy one of their infrequent snows and it started on Christmas Eve and lasted into Christmas morning. Yes, it was one of those peaceful snows with big fluffy flakes….really stunning. I haven’t personally experienced that at Christmas since our days in Denver almost 30 years ago.
We spent Christmas day with our son-in-laws family. They live on the outskirts of Seattle with lots of forest land around their neighborhood. Always traveling with my camera, my son-in-law and I went for a hike where I took the attached shots.
This first shot is the trail we hiked.
Couldn’t resist this capture with the snow covered branches arching over the trail.
We entered a clearing where I captured this lone tree all covered in snow.
Just loved the look of the trees….
Stunning was all I could think of……truly a winter wonderland!!
As we came back into the neighborhood we saw families and their children taking advantage of this opportunity….notice the wise mom positioned in front of the pond to prevent anyone from getting to close and personal with the water. Love it!!
Believe it or not, all of this was gone within two days…by the time we flew out it had all melted. The day after we left another storm moved in with lots of rain (the typical). Timing is everything!! Thoughts?
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Thanks for sharing your good luck with us Kirt. We also had a white Christmas, and a frigid start to the new year. None of our snow has melted, but some froze to death.
I was thinking of the east coast (our friends and neighbor were in Connecticut during the holidays) when I posted this…the temp we experience was just at the freezing mark, big difference from the bitter cold across the northern tier and east!
We set a record on Sunday morning of -9 but it’s been getting warmer ever since.
Ok I’m good living out west😎😎 I so remember those temps…
The Lone tree is so beautiful and the sledding picture immediately made me think of a classic painting. Well done Kirt! Glad you had such a lovely holiday! There is something magical to seeing fluffy snow falling – glistening in the sun or moonlight.
It was so quiet and still…so glad we were able to experience it…lived in San Diego for almost 25 years and here in Phoenix area for about 4 ys…has been awhile. Thanks for stopping by!!
Great captures Kirt, and wonderful that you had a White Christmas. It’s been a long time since I’ve experienced one myself. Now I want to go play in the snow. 🙂
It was perfect….not too cold…just right!!
Gorgeous pictures! Pine trees do look fabulous covered in snow. Very Christmassy. Glad you had a great time. All the best for 2018!!
Thank you very much Darlene and just before Christmas I was thinking I don’t have a good winter shots…now I do!!
Really beautiful snow photos, Kirt 🙂
Good to hear, that you had such a nice and white Christmas.
It was so beautiful and since it wasn’t that terribly cold…easy to enjoy! Thanks for stopping by Irene!
Untouched snow are so beautiful and look so peaceful, Kirt.
A winter wonderland indeed, Kirt. I can tell you had a great time. Happy New Year.
We really did and this snow brought back so many memories for my wife and I. We both grew up in Iowa and lived in Denver for a number of years! It was the type of snow that is fun to be in because it isn’t that cold out!! Thanks for stopping by!
We’re finally supposed to get above freezing today. Not much snow, but horsefeathers! It’s been so cold. I’ve been wishing I went ahead and bought that place in Sun City a year ago (the one that came back with an insanely bad inspection report). Burrr! I’ve really got to get somewhere else.
It has been so nice down here….mid 70’s every day…sunny…suppose to get rain tonight. Can’t complain….that said if I lived in a four season climate again…Seattle I can handle. Doesn’t usually get extreme either way! I can so remember growing up in Iowa and high temps in Feb would be around zero….ugh….too cold and that was the high…brr
What a perfect place to spend Christmas! A magical, mystical countryside!
It truly was!! Not too cold and just stunning to look at!
Seattle hardly ever gets snow, and never on Christmas when I lived there, and it figures that when I am in a place that usuallly gets more snow that Seattle would have a white Christmas and we have been dry. No fair!
Josh…glad to hear from you!! Been thinking about you…hope all is well. We were surprised also…I can’t even begin to tell you how beautiful it was. My son in law and I took the dogs for a walk Christmas Eve and couldn’t get over how it looked and felt like a Hollywood movie it was so cool!! Wishing you the best for 2018!! I appreciate your honesty and sharing on your blog!! My best to you!!
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Thank you very much!! I had been waiting for such an opportunity…it really was stunning!!
Despite the fact that I’m fairly sick of snow at the moment, I loved your photos – particularly the lone tree. Nice work, Kirt! 🙂
Thanks Diane…how much have you guys received?? I also have the luxury if you will of flying home to warmth and no snow! It truly was an opportunity that I knew wouldn’t last long.
That’s the prettiest type of snow: the transient kind! We had about two feet in December (which the locals keep assuring me is “unheard-of”). It’s melting now, and we’re down about about 4″, with some bare spots. I suspect we’ll get more before the winter is over, but I’m hoping this batch melts first. The weather looks warm and rainy for the next week, so fingers crossed!
The snow in Seattle was about 4-6″ depending on where in the metro area you were. Two feet…I can remember a few snows like that when we lived in Denver many many moons ago…that is a crap load of snow! The good news it has mostly melted for you and winter rains are back in your forecast….
Really magical. You captured the cold beauty. Stunning, indeed.
Got a smile over the kids and moms blocking the pond. That elbow angle and that hip/spine tilt tells it all. But what are you going to do – they are only kids once and so you stand there with freezing feet, right?
I sure as heck would, especially as infrequent as snow is in that area!!
I am not a fan of winter as I personally hate being cold, but, these are very nice pictures, very pretty. I have often said that I wouldn’t mind snow if it could do it at 70 degrees and wouldn’t cause icy roads.
I hear you…we have lived in warm climates for the last 30 years….but grew up in Iowa and lived in Denver for 12 years, so I know cold and ice. From a photography aspect, it was one of those “Kodak moments”. Thanks for stopping by and thanks for taking the time to comment!
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the big fat slowly falling snowflakes are the best! You’ll remember this last Christmas & compare all others to it!
I will…was absolutely perfect!! Thanks for stopping by and commenting.
I can see you have been doing this for a while–I love your work. I look forward to following your blog and learning from you.
Thank you for your kind words. I look forward to sharing whatever I can.
It snowed here in FL last week!!! I was in shock!! And frozen as well!
These are breathtakingly gorgeous!!
God is an amazing artist!
Thank you very much and I agree with your choice is artist!! He is an amazing artist! I heard Florida had snow….weird weather!!
I enjoyed the stories behind the photos as much as the photos themselves 🙂
Me too, I like the stories behind photos as well as paintings.
I like the background behind both…I’m always having that internal mental debate….too much info…not enough info…????? 😊
Thanks Christy….I do too…that’s probably I do it!
I should read before I hit send…but no…should read: that’s probably why I do it!!
What a fabulous place and it is such a winter wonderland as you say. I love snow when it’s like that. We had a few hours of heavy, thick snow fall in the UK but it never lasts. It turns to slush then it disappears almost as soon as it hits the ground. I hope you had a great time with your family. Happy New Year to you. I hope 2018 brings only good things to you and yours 🙂
Thank you very much Gil!! I appreciate you stopping by! It was truly beautiful and a memorable experience! Happy New Year to you and to a great 2018!!
A winter fairytale. I don’t like a winter, but these pictures show how it is beautiful, at least, sometimes.
Thanks for the feedback Victor….much appreciated! I’m with you on winter, but do agree it can have very beautiful aspects!!
It reminds me of a lovely snow globe in it’s pure white beauty and colorful sledding people having fun. Nicely captured woods scenes and walking path, Kirt.
It was “stunning” and for me to be able to capture it was a wonderful experience!! Thanks for stopping by Robin…hope all is well!!!
All is well with me, as are the family continuing to thrive, Kirt. I’m so glad you may have been “stunned,” but quickly caught all that ensued in this beautiful scenery! 🌨
🙂Your Post are gorgeous and useful.Thanks for sharing your good experience with us.You is an amazing artist! 🙂🙂