There is no better day to have a snow day then two weeks before Christmas. The kids slept in and I put some energy into arranging some of the Christmas decor and wrapping a few gifts. The tree sparkled beaconing for Peter to add gifts under its boughs after each gift was wrapped. As the Christmas music played, the house was keenly alive with the spirit that this season brings. I logged on to Facebook only briefly in the last few days and stayed away from the computer trying to focus myself on my family, the holidays and the things that I love most. This season can take its toll on people, but as the snow fell today it created a perfect catharsis and lightness of being. I took an hour to escape into the darkness with my camera. I pulled on my snow-pants feeling more ready than ever to look through the camera's viewfinder. Having photographed so many people this year, the old familiar landscapes felt almost foreign as they lay in from of me. It was a welcome reprieve to be alone with my thoughts. Only a flashlight and an open shutter created these photos. Sometimes I look back on my photographs not only for the image remembered but where my mind wandered while taking them. Perhaps the only thing better than a snow day, is a snowy night.