Last night around 5, it started precipitating. I don' really know what to call it since it wasn't quite rain but definitely not snow. It also wasn't exactly sleet or freezing rain either. By 7pm, schools were closed for today. The precipitation continued throughout the night and formed this strange inch thick glaze, which oddly enough, contrary to what normally happens, stuck mostly to the streets and sidewalks. It was a blessing that it didn't stick to the trees and power lines so no one has lost power but it's made a total mess out of the roads. This is not easily taken up and we aren't going to be above freezing for more and about 2 hours for the next few days. It is going to be a long time before the school buses can get back out on the roads.
I cancelled my patients for today, since I have no burning desire to slide off the road and wreck my car. Instead, I grabbed my camera, tripod (yes, I know! 2 days in a row!) and my remote shutter release and strolled down into the neighborhood park. I would have gone further but it was cold and the greenway was slick. As the sun came out and melted the top layer of ice, it was getting even more slippery. I was not comfortable carrying my equipment around on that esp with kids using the greenway as an ice skating rink and falling down all around me.
I was out for about an hour and I tried several locations along the greenway but nothing was really great. I bracketed all over the place shooting one to two stops below what the camera's sensor recommended. In my experience, snow tends to reflect so much light that it fools the sensors in cameras and everything gets over exposed. My shutter speeds ranged from 1/3200 to 1/125. For some of my shots I was using fairly small apertures, f/20 but opened it up to f/5.6 for a few, like my second favorite shot of the day here:
These are the other attempts I got. Nothing earth shattering, I'm afraid.
I packed up and started home where I met up with KC who was out walking with Macy. They told me that the snow plow had been through on MacArthur a few times but not our street yet. I doubt they will every get that far unfortunately so we are stuck here for a while. As I got up the hill from the greenway to the sidewalk on MacArthur, another snow plow came by and I was able to grab a quick pic. A big thank you to the men and women of the dept of public works who are working so hard to get us back on our feet.
I'm a mother of 2 girls living in NC. I've dabbled in photography on and off but really this is just for fun