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IN LIKE A LION

The month of March is frequently characterized with the expression, “In like a lion, out like a lamb!” Alas, it snowed all night on February 28, assuring that March would indeed be ushered in like a lion, with 20-25 cm (8-10 inches) of snow blanketing central Virginia. An accompanying drop in temperature kept the ground shrouded in pristine white snow during the next few days. I shot the photo from the side of myhouse, looking north toward Washington, DC, 80 km (50 miles) away. The view is of my backyard, with a pond too small to even have a name. The beech tree with leaves still brown and shriveled from last fall hang from otherwise bare branches, adding some color highlight.

The rolling hills and valleys are part of Lee’s Hill, its name commemorating the site of a battle that took place during the American Civil War (1861-‘65). On a numbingly cold few days during December of 1862, over a hundred thousand soldiers — equally divided between General Lee’s Confederate Forces (South) and General Grant’s Union Forces (North) — faced each other in mortal combat. It is a poignant view, both beautiful and sad.

Nikon D200, 28-200mm auto Nikkor lens, shot in RAW+JPG.

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