Trips: A Walk In An April Snow, 2012

My plans for Earth Day consisted mostly of a short hike in Shenandoah. I expected light rain and hoped to hike a couple of miles to some waterfalls. What I got was a rain that quickly turned into a steady blowing wet snow that painted spring's emerging leaves and woods in several inches of snow. Skyline Drive was closed and so I hiked. About 9 miles. Hours of quiet and only the gentle sound of flying snow in an empty woods. If doctors could create such conditions I think a lot more people could be healed. These 30 images are a little of what I saw and a lot of what I felt.

The first snowflakes of an unusually late April snow begin to fly.  

The first snowflakes of an unusually late April snow begin to fly. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

 

Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

 

Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

 

Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

 

Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

 

Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

 

Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

 

Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

The early young green leaves seem to float in the the ethereal light of fog and snow in early spring.

The early young green leaves seem to float in the the ethereal light of fog and snow in early spring. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

 

Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

 

Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

 

Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

 

Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

 

Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

This young evergreen bows under the weight of a heavy wet snow.

This young evergreen bows under the weight of a heavy wet snow. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

 

Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

The maple at South River Overlook is splendid in all seasons, perhaps especially under a winter snow when Skyline Drive is closed...

The maple at South River Overlook is splendid in all seasons, perhaps especially under a winter snow when Skyline Drive is closed and it can only be seen after a substantial hike. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

 

Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

 

Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

 

Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

 

Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

 

Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

 

Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

 

Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

 

Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

 

Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

 

Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

Skyline Drive curves it way through the gathering snow on this early winter morning.

Skyline Drive curves it way through the gathering snow on this early winter morning. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

 

Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

 

Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.