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  • Writer's pictureDave Pidgeon

A snowless winter’s day

Updated: Jul 22, 2023

Our toddler stares outside at a snowless winter’s day in Pennsylvania
Our toddler stares outside at a snowless winter’s day in Pennsylvania

LOCATION: Our home, Lancaster, Pa.

THE EQUIPMENT: Canon 5D Mark IV | EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II USM

THE STORY: Here in south central Pennsylvania, we've had a snowless winter so far.

For our boys, it means a pointless cold. Sure, we may be a little warmer than usual, but it's still cold. And cold without snow means, well, long weekend mornings trying to find something to do.

That goes for the parents too.

We have to dig deep to find photogaphic creativity this time of year, when we're constantly inside. And playtime means doing the same things over and over again, like the toddler playing with toy trains or the older boys playing video games.

Finding beauty in the routine can be challenging. Not impossible. Just challenging.

This particular January day, our toddler (comfortably in his undies) wanted to look out at the window at the neighbors walking their dogs.

This window is in our loft, looking westward at an angle that keeps perpetually in open shade. The light is beautiful, soft, cool.

As he sat looking out the window, I saw an image that encapsulated our winter. Waiting for snow. Waiting for Spring. Waiting for something to beak the tedium.

Spring is coming. There might be a snowstorm before it does. Until then we'll wait, looking hopefully out the window.

Dave Pidgeon is a seasoned writer and photographer based in Lancaster, Pa. You can reach him at

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