Emily Shafer Photography | A West Virginia Sunrise

A West Virginia Sunrise

January 25, 2016  •  5 Comments

As we all know West Virginia has been hit by the winter storm Jonas, and it has made the best weekend of my life! You may be shocked by this, but I have been waiting for a blizzard my entire life! It has finally happened, and I could not be happier! I have fully embraced the eskimo life with open arms. I am sure there are others who would disagree with the enthusiasm I have just shown, but can we all agree on the way this storm has amplified West Virginia's pre-existing beauty? 

This past weekend was spent gallivanting in the snow with golden retrievers who shared my love for this weather. Then on Sunday, my dad and I woke up at sunrise, climbed up in our Jeep, and headed out with my camera in hand. It was freezing that morning, and the roads were looking a little sketchy. We drove up the ice covered hills, down the winding roads, and past the drifts of snow. It was a frozen morning to say the least, but it was worth it! 

This is an example of what we woke up to that morning! Blue Creek was frozen over. 

This was my first shot of the day, and one of my favorites. I love the terrain of West Virginia. Ridges surround you and creeks flow in the valley's. 

This is my photo proving I was up at sunrise! Earlier that morning, my dad and I were discussing how difficult it is to get a good sunrise photo in W.V. because of the mountains blocking our view. This photo was taken just as the sun was hitting the hills. The tree's have not been greeted yet. I call this one my "West Virginia Sunrise" :) 

Of course I have to put our means of transportation in there! It deserves an award for plowing through the snow. Jeep's never let you down. 

This photo represents how cold it was. Can you guess what it is? :) 

Here we are headed back home at around nine o'clock AM. Two dogs were on the road playing in the snow and wagging their tails. You can see the snow frozen to the back seat. We may or may not have had the back windows open! 

Maverick makes another appearance on my blog! For some reason I want to title this 'Small Dog, Big World' He just looks little to me, even though he is 85 pounds of love and fur. . . 

Here is Smitee! I think Maverick was throwing snowballs at his face. The three of us had such a good time playing in the snow, that I had to include my buddies in here! 

Last but not least, here is my backyard. I am so thankful for living in such a wonderful state! I am constantly surrounded by a wild and untamable beauty here in West Virginia, and I wouln't have it any other way:) 


Comments

Nancy Flowers(non-registered)
Emily, I am impressed with your ability to find the beauty in nature. You could benefit a WV tourist magazine with your work. My guess of the mystery picture is the top part looks like ice on the outside of the windshield as you view it from the inside. I can't figure what the lower part represents. You have to tell us eventually after a few more people guess. Thanks for sharing with us.
Janet(non-registered)
Awesome pictures, great story looks so iviting even its freezing. I just want get out and play !
Debi Rogers(non-registered)
You are a wonder! Thanks for sharing your vision with us!
Janet SHAFER(non-registered)
Beautiful Blog.....Beautiful Photos.....Beautiful WV....Beautiful Eskimo Photographer!!!
Janet SHAFER(non-registered)
I have enjoyed these photos Ms. EMily!!! But if I had known what you were doing and where it was and what time it was....I certainly could not have slept until 12:30 noonish that morning....☺️
Seriously, they are beautiful pictures....and I LOVE the Mystery One!! And the WV Sunrise!! Your blog was very interesting!!!
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