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Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 02/22/2012

A long, snowy drive south

A snow-covered barn in Madison County, Virginia on Monday morning.

I never planned to do a Capital Weather Gang post. I spent much of last week in the hospital with the passing of my dad. The weekend was filled with family and making final arrangements. Then, on Monday, there was a break. Services would occur later in the week.

On Monday morning, I decided to take a long drive with my camera and my thoughts. The camera would give me a purpose and the drive was for thinking and remembering.

It had snowed the previous night in central Virginia so I decided to drive south down Route 29. I traveled as far as Charlottesville, to Monticello, then I turned around. I stopped a few times to take photos during the drive and I photographed Monticello in the snow. It was a beautiful scene.

Some of the photos, I thought, turned out fairly well so I decided to share them here. I also included a photo of my dad at the end of this post. A gallery with more photos (higher resolution) can be viewed here.

Read below to see more photos.

A snowy scene on Route 29 in Madison County. I first noticed snow on the ground in Warrenton, VA.

The grist mill at Michie Tavern, located in Albemarle County, near Charlottesville.

The fish pond at Monticello is filled with floating slush from the previous night’s snowfall. The reflection of Monticello is clearly visible on the water and slush. I used a polarizing filter on my camera which helped to give the sky a dark shade of blue.

A distant view of Monticello. This is the front view, facing toward the west. There was about 5” of new snow on the ground.

The back view of Monticello, facing toward the east. I circled the grounds a single time, taking photos, then I drove back home.

I was not surprised to see the blooming daffodils in snow at Monticello. The winter has been very mild in Virginia and much of the U.S.

The terraced gardens at Monticello were used by Jefferson for growing vegetables. The view is spectacular.

Leedy Ambrose, 4/15/32 - 2/17/12

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