The month of February was filled with snowy days. On one of these late afternoons, I took a walk with my daughter and my camera to capture some of the sights as we walked down streets we saw every week. The snow had not yet been cleared off the roads and was instead being churned by the wheels of vehicles.
We approached an intersection we see everyday and saw it differently as it was all covered in white. The benches placed on the side of the roads for pedestrians were not in use. Instead, snow covered the seat preventing people from sitting and watching passers-by.
As we walked down the side roads heading for our destination, the snow fell gently on our faces. We looked though the trees and all was covered in white with the winter branches reaching for the skies.
The snow covered the sidewalks – in some places as high as our knees. We moved through the silent white world, laughing as we wished for wider-based shoes that would help us move easily through nature’s covering. “We should have snow shoes!” my daughter exclaimed. They certainly would have helped in our trek!
I found some of the views beautiful and peaceful. Walking on this snowy day was not a chore as I breathed in the crisp, fresh air and filled my soul with the earth’s beauty.
I could not miss an opportunity to have my daughter take a picture of me on this beautiful day. The snow was still falling gently and the world had that peaceful sense of quiet which comes with it.
Walking home in the evening, the light sparkled on the freshly fallen snow. It was still hazy (yes, the snow was still falling), and the scene had a beauty all of its own.
When we walked past our neighbourhood park, the playground was silent. Looking at the swings, one could almost hear the echo of the children’s voices.
Before we left the outside behind, we looked back at the night and silently said goodbye to the falling snow.
Because we knew that the next day our experience would be different when we walk the same streets.
What is your experience when you walk in your neighbourhood on a winter’s day in the late afternoon?
(This post was inspired by this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge prompt by WordPress.com)
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2013