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You know those spring snowfalls where you can watch the thick dark clouds headed your way and you know what they are about to bring? This morning my husband and I watched just such weather coming our way from the West. Sure enough, it began with a bit of snow spitting. After about maybe 10 minutes, the snow began in earnest and fell for maybe 15-20 minutes. Silly me, I posted about it on Facebook and I doubt anyone believed it. It’s times like that when a photo would have been the proof but I sure wasn’t interested in photographing snow — we’ve had enough! Anyway the snow melted immediately upon hitting the ground and the only sign of it was a damp patio for a while.

Naturally, this photo was taken in the middle of winter — not today!!

Taking photographs is like that. If a person doesn’t get photographs taken during a momentous occasion or simply to capture a great expression, that moment — the proof of that occurrence is gone, except for the mental memory of it. So, whether you hire a photographer or simply keep your camera handy for those special family moments, I hope you will capture them through the camera lens. When you look back upon those photos, sometimes you may be surprised that certain things had actually happened. The stories of those times will come alive again for you — even if no one believes you! You’ll know.

“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever. It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”  -Aaron Siskind

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Marcie - April 25, 2010 - 2:09 pm

So true about photography and the captured moment. And – I can’t believe you’re still getting snow at the end of April!!..but I suppose that’s just the way it is up north where you live. Lovely image!!!

sherri - April 25, 2010 - 4:07 pm

Lovely sepia tones in the white space.

chasity - April 25, 2010 - 4:14 pm

a great reminder…
and beautiful photo.

Suvarna - April 25, 2010 - 9:54 pm

so true, which is why I try never to leave home without at least a cell phone cam.

Puna - April 26, 2010 - 9:07 am

Oh no snow! It’s beautiful though and I’m so glad you were able to document the occasion!

Gayle - April 26, 2010 - 10:07 am

Diane, this made me a little teary-eyed today. I seem to be feeling the speed of the years so much more now that my children are getting older. I hope that I am capturing those moments so that I can look back on them always.

sil - April 27, 2010 - 8:29 am

Stunning image, Diane! I miss my Northern snowy Winters now that I’m here in Sicily! 🙂