Into the blizzard.. by Lilia Alvarado
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Into the blizzard..

December 23, 2017

This image was taken in Northern Virginia, USA during the Jonas winter storm 2016, also known as “Snowzilla” in the D.C. area. It’s the first Category 4 winter storm to impact the D.C. region since the Presidents’ Day storm of 2003. My family was pretty excited to see a lot of snow; we were hoping to build a snowman since my kids never really have experienced a “real winter”. Well, we got more than enough. Virginia, Washington D.C. and other nearby areas declared states of emergency.

I took the photo during the afternoon, an hour into the blizzard, where the snow wasn’t too heavy and we were able to walk around. I used my Canon Mark III, paired with my 200mm lens, dutifully wrapped and taped in cellophane because the whole setup did not fit into my camera's rain cover. I used natural light.

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6 Comments

This is not taken in a blizzard. Just a snowstorm. A blizzard is 35mph or higher wind for 3 hours or longer with blowing or drifting snow.
Nice image, but title it correctly.

Lilia Alvarado's picture

Thank you for your input! I am not a meteorologist, the image was taken during Jonas (Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/January_2016_United_States_blizzard). I title my images as it pleases me :)

Bill Larkin's picture

Really nice mood and setting! great job!

Lilia Alvarado's picture

Thank you so much!

I get a sense from your photos that I am experiencing a memory- from the inside.

Lilia Alvarado's picture

Awe, I am glad to hear that!