Local Adventures: Last Snowfall in Rock Creek

The winter of 2012-2013 in D.C. was turning out to be a disappointment to me — see, I love snow…I really love it. So, March rolls around the corner and I had made peace with mother nature over the fact that I felt we had gotten short changed here in the District (surrounding areas are apparently snow magnets and we happen to be sitting in some kind of anti-snow demonic vortex). Image what sweet sounds the weather folk putting out about a snow storm that looked a bit different than the other flops!

I had tempered my expectations and wasn’t even paying attention to what was going outside my window on the day of the storm itself. Luckily, I had to be out and about early and decided to take my gear with me because…why not? Well, to my surprise, the snow storm was really giving us something to be giddy about! Driving off the main roads was surely the correct thing to do — first, the heat on these main roads was going to most likely melt anything that feel on it and secondly, people in the area can drive what I imagine first time owners of a Model T drove like — with not an ounce of sense. So I headed to where I thought I’d encounter the least amount of idiots city folk: Rock Creek Park.

There are certain areas of the park that I’ve already logged away in my head as places I’d like to revisit for any photo shoot, sadly, park authorities closed the entrances to some of these locations, so I had to make changes. I headed to the deepest part of the park because that’s where the snow would obviously be its prettiest — untainted by either vehicle or foot traffic and in its full white glory. At my first location, I parked the car and walked around for a bit. Now, I was worried about getting my gear wet, but, I figured that this was the best opportunity to use some rain gear I had obtained months beforehand. My ThinkTank Retrospective 30 bag comes with its own elements bag, but I needed to make sure the camera would be fine — even if it’s “weather optimized” (whatever that means) and so I pulled out the OP/TECH Rainsleeve. Both things, but especially the rainsleeve, worked like a charm. I didn’t find myself having issues with using the controls on the camera and having my hand in what amounts to a plastic bag didn’t lead me to experience what I had thought would happen — have a sauna-like environment caused by the heat of my hand.

But anyhow, back to the storm…it was amazing!

I managed to pull over a couple of times and snap away. Opting for the kit lens that came with the 7D, I wanted to see how well I could capture the moments and I think I did fine. After a few shots in Rock Creek, I headed on out and drove around trying to come up with more ideas but the temperature started to go up and so I figured I needed to wrap things up and be happy with what I had.

The image of the towers is taken from Fort Steven’s — it was actually my first time there and walking around with a good amount of snow covering the ground was a little interesting, but I couldn’t get an image of the fort that I wanted, thus the towers.

With all this said, thanks for checking the photo blog’s newest entry. I know it’s been a while, but I’ve been trying to figure out how to make time for things and I think I’ve discovered how to do this without neglecting everything else in life. So stay tuned…I’ve got another post in the works.