Hi everyone and welcome to today’s post. If today’s image looks cold then you would be correct. The temperature was 23 degrees with a strong, gusty wind of 10 to 15 miles per hour. The wind chill was in the single digits. We had about two inches of snow last night which put a new coat of the white fluffy stuff over the rocks and ice along the edge of the Shenandoah River.
The river is my view from my office and a constant companion. From my window I can watch the trees leaf out in April as migrant song birds arrive from the South. In the summer my view of the river is somewhat obscured by a luscious and green canopy of hardwoods. If I look down I can just make out the sinuous ribbon of the Appalachian Trail that passes below my window. In the fall Loudon Heights glows red and orange as the mountains prepare for the coming winter. When winter arrives, and the trees have shed their leaves, the river is once again revealed to me.
Today I just needed to get out of the office. Clouds strayed overhead most of the day and towards the late afternoon the wind began to blow, sending spindrift past my window. Sheets of ice had formed along the rivers edge and were covered in the new snow. By four it appeared as if there might be a little sunlight breaking through so I grabbed the camera and hiked across the bridge over the river. Down below the river ran cold in colorful shades of green and blue. Just below the Appalachian Trail the rivers edge is marked by steep rock and large slabs of stone that jut out into the water. Most of the rock is encircled by ice. The wind is really blowing and the clouds seem to speed by overhead. The setting sun lit the clouds and sent a beautiful warm red light across the ice. The warm light however did not do much to warm me up except in spirit. It was just downright cold. My fingers and toes went numb but I stayed to watch the last light of day fade. I was only here for about an hour but it was enough to melt the struggles of my day and let it wash away down the river.
Thanks for stopping by today.