We woke up to a black and white world this morning. Snow was falling at a brisk pace and about two inches had accumulated already. Our surroundings were masked by the deep white powder which transformed all color to a palate of only two hues. It must be the brilliance of the pristine white snow that renders all other colors mute.
Normally in winter, I prefer to work with the snow rather than against it when going out for my workout. However, I knew that enough snow would not accumulate in time to send the groomers out on the ski trails. So I donned my Yaktrax and headed out for an early morning run in the falling snow. Traction proved to be tricky, as I found unexpected icy patches beneath the snow, and in the deeper untraveled sections the snow clumped and unclumped under my feet. But this run wasn’t about speed or quality, it was for the experience. The snow muted all sound and obliterated any long distance view. I was hemmed in by snow covered trees, in black and white.
Heading down to Brighton Beach I experienced the full force of lake effect. The NE wind came right off the lake, transforming the snowflakes into crisp pellets that felt like pins and needles on my face. I was toasty warm inside and frigid on my exposed skin in the bracing wind. The lake was slightly roiled up and looked decidedly chilly.
I may be biased, but I found some of the prettiest views when I returned to our own neighborhood around Amity Creek. Who can argue with living in such beautiful surroundings?