It snowed this week. Where I live, atop the Cumberland Plateau near Sewanee, Tennessee, the elevation is about 1900 feet. We had a few flurries on Tuesday morning and a nice frost that night. This is a photo I took in Kiruna, Sweden, around Christmastime in 2009. I lived there for about a month and a half. It wasn't until the final week I was there, in mid-January, that the sun started to rise above the horizon again (Kiruna is above the Arctic Circle, where the sun does not rise for a period of days in winter). This photo must have been in early January, around mid-day, when there was this beautiful light everywhere as the sun nearly broached the horizon.
I learned so much about snow when I was living there. I learned about how different temperatures produce different kinds of flakes, how sometimes they sparkly brilliantly like diamond dust, and other times they cover the ground like a dull white sheet. I saw hoar frost and experienced, for the first time, what it felt like to breathe air 40 degrees below zero. I took walks every day. When I took this photo, I was up to my waist in snow! The little blobs you see poking up are the tops of young saplings.