I love snow. It may be inconvenient, dangerous, and accompanied by cold temperatures, but it makes up for it by making the world seem a hundred times more beautiful. When the dying grass finally gets covered in a white fluffy blanket, I feel like I’ve been transported to a winter wonderland. For some reason that I haven’t quite figured out, it makes me feel like a kid again. Maybe it’s all the memories of long ski days and winter vacations and snow forts in the schoolyard, or perhaps the experience of discovering how to walk again as I trudge through the snow. Either way, snowy winters make me happy.
This afternoon, between classes, I went adventuring in the snow with friends. I brought my camera along because every once in a while I like to see the world through my lens. People often say that you’re not making the most of your life when you’re behind a camera, but I think that’s a narrow-minded way of looking at it. When things are pretty or interesting or exciting and so much is happening around me, I find that framing it and thinking about the aesthetics helps me to see things differently and live in a different frame of mind. After all, photography is a form of art; by taking pictures you are expressing yourself and making art while experiencing the very scene you are capturing.
I’m in first year of University and I’m living on residence, so after moving from a pretty plain, cookie cutter house filled city, I couldn’t have asked for a prettier second home. It’s fairly small, which probably keeps me from dreading the snow since it’s about a four minute walk from residence to the main building. And then you get to walk by the Manor, which is the prettiest building on campus with its many windows and vine-covered exterior. It’s a pretty typical subject for photography, but we all know that cliches exist for a reason.
I have to admit, though, that when passing under the snow-covered entrance way to the Manor I get a little freaked out and think that a mini-avalanche might topple all the snow onto me.
It’s nice to have nature intermingled with pretty buildings and the classes and food and residence buildings that are a part of my everyday life. There’s a path through the forest that I’m excited to explore in the snow on a day with forgiving temperatures, because being surrounded by nature is so relaxing and it’s nice to listen to a podcast and pretend to be productive as I admire the wonderful things that just naturally exist in the world.
While I’m sure I’m going to be complaining about the snow once the slush starts to appear or the windy snowfalls come around, I am glad to be currently enjoying happiness in this new snowfall.