"Every Picture Tells a Story ... Don't It": Trestle Snow | Eastern North Carolina Now

The Trestle that Fords the Pamlico River Appears Magical in the Snow

    It was a beautiful snow, on this 24th day of February, 2015; a snow too long in the returning to this sleepy river town. A town blessed with an archaic short line railway, rarely used, crossing its Pamlico River - providing a glimpse into the past - needed a rare snow like this one. I needed a rare snow like this one.

    What is even more unique than eastern North Carolina being enveloped in a multi inched fluffy snow storm was that they named the storm as if it were a tropical storm, a hurricane. They do that now for some not so well explained reason. The storm's name was Quantum.
There is one train track that passes through Washington, NC, and when it snows, I seek out that track: Above and below.     photo by Stan Deatherage    Click image to expand.

    It sleeted most of the night before, and soon began to snow the dry, fluffy stuff, continuing throughout the day with flakes of all sizes. While it snowed during the day, the temperature remaining about 26 degrees Fahrenheit, I stayed busy with my many tasks running BCN and stoked the woodstove.
It's still snowing just about 30 minutes from what would be the sunset, should the snow clouds part, and the fluff has piled up nicely, at least for this eastern North Carolina town: Above and below.     photo by Stan Deatherage    Click image to expand.

    Finished with my work for a bit, I head to Havens Gardens, the train tracks parallel to the park that leads to the Pamlico River trestle, with my trusty digital SLR around my neck, with my 250mm telephoto lens in my vest pocket.
The snowy tracks are my path forward and I follow the way: Above and below.     photo by Stan Deatherage    Click image to expand.

    It has been dark and snowy all day, so the late hour does little to darken the day beyond this moment. As the crunch of the snow continues under my boots, I realize that the day is illuminated to the point of sepia, with a faint lavender hue. It shows in the images I made, or you may just see the multi textured grays of a darkening day.
Looking behind along the trestle tracks about 10 feet above the frigid water below, and I just realized; it is a windy day and the footing is getting a bit slippery as the sleet is now falling fast about me: Above and below.     photo by Stan Deatherage    Click image to expand.

    It is so beautiful but my gloveless hands (I have no gloves suitable for both the snow, and a camera that must be adjusted to shoot the better picture) are suffering the biting cold at this point.
Looking northwest to Moss Landing in downtown Washington, and then turning gingerly southwest nearly 90 degrees to peer down the tracks to the open bridge: Above and then below.     photo by Stan Deatherage    Click image to expand.

    I love the adventure of walking in the snow, taking pictures, and it is something that I will always endeavor, here or somewhere else and long as I draw breath and can shuffle forward at some ambulatory rate. Until next time ...

Repeat again and then return to the relative safety of my awaiting vehicle at Haven's Gardens: Above and then below.     photo by Stan Deatherage    Click image to expand.

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( March 26th, 2015 @ 4:52 pm )
It's like the "dress". Actually I got the color of the "dress" right immediately.

Regardless of what Photoshop can do to a picture after the fact, I remember that I saw a more lavender hue from the darkening day. I always shoot in average white balance mode, so I would like to think that the camera is sensing the reality of the moment.
( March 26th, 2015 @ 4:46 pm )
Nice pics Stan, but what color is snow, blue or white?
( March 26th, 2015 @ 3:22 pm )
Actually, I eventually got pretty cold in my fingers, and, as you can tell, it was getting darker fast.

I shot the bulk of these images at about: 400 to 800 ISO, shutter speed of from 1/50th to 1/80th of a second, focal length of about 14 to 20 out of about 4 to 28.
( March 26th, 2015 @ 3:09 pm )
Nice shots, bro --- you must had worn your long johns since there is no shake in them . . .
( March 26th, 2015 @ 10:22 am )
( March 26th, 2015 @ 9:53 am )

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