Rain or snow


Snow dusts pine trees at Soda Springs in Nevada County (Camera: Canon 20D. Lens: Canon 70-200mm @ 200mm. Exposure: 1/500th sec. @ f/5.6. ISO: 100).

The drive to our ski trip to Soda Springs was dry through the valley and foothills, but snow started falling just a few miles from our destination. The flurries were light, so we were able to make it without having to install tire chains.


A skier is covered in a dusting of snow at Soda Springs in Nevada County (Camera: Canon 20D. Lens: Canon 70-200mm @ 200mm. Exposure: 1/250th sec. @ f/4.5. ISO: 200).

After we got there, the snowfall varied in intensity from a light dusting of sand-like granules to moderately heavy flurries of large, fluffy flakes, to brief periods of sunshine. It struck me that if it were rain instead of snow, people wouldn’t be enjoying themselves nearly as much.


Skiers and snowboarders make their way to the ski lift at Soda Springs in Nevada County (Camera: Canon 20D. Lens: Canon 70-200mm @ 73mm. Exposure: 1/250th sec. @ f/4.5. ISO: 100).

Some ski/snowboarding buffs brave driving through near-blizzard conditions to get to the slopes. Given similar circumstances in the rain, the same people would probably stay inside dry and warm, venturing out only if they absolutely had to.


People visit at Soda Springs in Nevada County (Camera: Canon 20D. Lens: Canon 17-55mm @ 17mm. Exposure: 1/500th sec. @ f/4.5. ISO: 100).

Most people wonder at the beauty of a snowy landscape.  Everything from snow-topped mountains to a dusting of the white stuff on tall pine trees have been subjects of artists from Ansel Adams to Thomas Kinkade. Rainy scenics aren’t nearly as popular.


A snowboarder rides the ski lift at Soda Springs in Nevada County (Camera: Canon 20D. Lens: Canon 70-200mm @ 200mm. Exposure: 1/250th sec. @ f/5.6. ISO: 100).

Maybe it’s because we live in sunny California that we view snow as the type of precipitation that connotes recreation. Very few people frolic in the rain, but there’s a whole winter-season industry that caters to snow lovers. If we lived in Northern Minnesota with its long winter season, sub-zero temperatures and massive snow drifts, maybe we’d view the snow a little differently.

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