I’ve been visiting Philadelphia for the holidays and enduring the unseasonable cold temperatures. Having lived in the NE for most of my life, I know how cold it can get on these blustery days. Snow was in the forecast for part of the week and I was really anticipating a white Christmas. I find an early morning snowfall to be so peaceful, serene and magical. We didn’t get our white Christmas but yesterday morning we awoke to 4 inches of beautiful white snow. I quickly grabbed my 56 Velvet Lens Baby and got in the car in search of a peaceful, untouched nature scene. These horses did not disappoint me. They were not bothered by me and continued to try to find the grass beneath the snow. After a snow fall, it seems so quite and peaceful and it was a great opportunity for some photos before the snow plows and people invaded this beautiful nature scene .
Anyone who really knows me appreciates how much of a”humbug” I can be around the holidays. It’s not that I’m not spiritual or relish in the meaning of Christmas, it’s more to do with the over saturation of the holiday even before Halloween! As the holiday gets closer, the frenzy seems to escalate. So you are asking why I’m blogging about this being a favorite holiday? What I do love it the transformation that takes place everywhere with the festive decorations. It’s hard not to appreciate the beauty around you. What I do love is to take pictures this time of year. Yesterday I went to Longwood Gardens in Kennet Square PA. I was there in the spring and knew a second trip (or more) was in my future. I am happy I didn’t miss their holiday extravaganza. When I see displays of this magnitude I marvel at the man hours that must go into transforming these places into magical scenes. It was difficult to choose just one photo to post here and it was also difficult to capture all the beauty in just one trip.
One of the things I miss the most from my years of living in Philadelphia is the spring season foliage. The dogwoods are particularly beautiful this time of year. Dogwoods grow 20 to 30-ft. They have horizontal branches so usually has a spread wider than the height. Flowers color ranges from white to various shades of pink to red. Nice red berries in early fall and great red fall leaf color. I spotted this dogwood on a country road in West Chester. The season for these glorious blooms is short lived so I was glad that I was able to be in Philadelphia during the short blooming season.