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HOUSE ACROSS THE POND

The winter of 2009-2010 has been unbelievably heavy in the the Middle Atlantic States of the United States, breaking a century-old record for snow precipation. A total of 140 cm (55 inches) of snow blanketed the area in three separate blizzards.

I shot this photo from my dining room window, looking north toward Washington, DC, 80 km (50 miles) away. It was early in the morning, with the sun just beginning to illuminate the crest of the hill in the background.

The last time I submitted a shot from my home was last year on Einstein’s Birthday, March 14, 2009. It had snowed through the night, and the pond behind my house presented the scene of a veritable winter wonderland, IN LIKE A LION . The pond is too small to even have a name, but on the other side of the pond is a house from where neighbors can presumably view my house just as as I can view theirs.

The rolling hills and valleys are part of Lee’s Hill, its name honoring 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.

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