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.

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