the first snow - The Dainty Squid

the first snow

Monday, January 18, 2016

Cleveland

After an insanely strange start to our winter, we finally got our first snow last week. There was a fifty degree day where I was able to take Klaus on a walk wearing just a sweatshirt and jeans (me, not him obviously!) then the next morning I looked out the window to see it was completely white out. Since the weather had been so crazy I didn't expect it to last for long, I had to get out and shoot. I've been chomping at the bit to shoot some snowy city scenes but clearly haven't had the opportunity. I texted my friend Anthony "what are you doing right this second!?" hoping I could convince him to go out and shoot with me in this winter wonderland. He recently purchased a new lens and had mentioned a few days prior he was interested in shooting more stuff around the city so I knew he'd be game if he wasn't already busy.

A hour or so later, and enough layers to make it hard for me to walk, we were on the train heading downtown. We had no real plan except to walk around and take pictures. It had stopped snowing like crazy but the wind had picked up. We decided to talk toward the lake where the wind was whipping so hard it was difficult to walk, especially since the sidewalks were a sheet of ice. It wasn't as snowy as I had hoped but still beautiful nonetheless. Barely anyone else was outside. Although we did spot some tough guy wearing only a tshirt and jeans?! What even?! I was nearly knocked on my butt by the wind and this dude was like "Nah, I'm too cool for a coat today."

Cleveland, Downtown Cleveland

We zigzagged back and forth across the city until it start to get dark. The sky turned a dark blue then a red haze took over. It was beautiful. My fingers were frozen but as we crossed the Lorain-Carnegie bridge I wanted to stop every few feet and take photos. I've crossed this bridge a million times but never actually taken any photos of the "Guardians of Traffic". Seen below. I cursed myself for not dragging along my tripod still managed to get a few cool photos anyway.

Cleveland, Lorain-Carnegie Bridge

I love getting out on days like this. The city is so quiet, so peaceful. Sometimes I still have a hard time believing I live here. It's weird growing up an hour away from the city, and never ever visiting to now living walking distance from a train station that will get me downtown in a matter of minutes. This country mouse is probably always going to be a little bit in awe of city life. Glimpses of the city like this make me appreciate it so much more.
xoxo

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17 thoughts

  1. The fifth photo, the building in the mirror, is stunning.

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  2. I just love how cities look in the snow! I took snow photos downtown in my city for the first time last year, and it was so much fun. I really love the photo that has the train speeding through it, such a cool shot!

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    1. Thanks, Sarah! I really liked that shot too! :)

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  3. beautiful shots, stay warm in the snow and have a lovely week x
    Stefanie | Casualllyawkward | Bloglovin'

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  4. Such beautiful photos. It's like you could feel the quiet in the town :)

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  5. These photos are gorgeous! I love taking photos in Chicago after a recent snowfall. It is almost erie how quiet it can be.

    Christina
    www.asentimentaladventure.com

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    1. Thank you, Christina!

      I know, that's what I love about it. It's so fun to see it like this as opposed to how you normally see it - all crazy, busy, and full of people.

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  6. What are those green rectangles on the moving train (4th picture from the bottom)? I can't figure out what they are...

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    1. It's a light on the top of the train, since it was a long exposure it just shows up as a solid bar.

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    2. They do totally look random and out of place though! LOL.

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  7. You're from the East side right? Everyone keeps saying how much lake effect snow they got! You should drive out there! Also, have you ever been to Chapin Forest? I'm sure you have, but I LOVE the view of Cleveland from one of the cliffs.

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    1. Yeah, my parents are out East. They got SOOOO much more snow than me. It's crazy how that happens. I never realized how much less snow Cleveland got than where I'm from.

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  8. Your shooting is getting better and better. Some great shots here.

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