A snow day, a morning walk, and a black lab | Chapel Hill, North Carolina

With the start of this new year, I have loved reading and seeing how people are kicking off the year.  Some of you are goal-driven and some of you have shed the idea of resolutions altogether.  Either way, hurrah!  I am convinced that knowing what you need and embracing it is what “fills your well.”

Of course, we make plans and then life makes other plans.  Take this past week for example…

Chapel Hill's snow day in January of 2018 brought almost 12 inches of snow.

Chapel Hill, North Carolina was advised with snow warnings for this past Wednesday, but the 5 inches they were predicting turned out to be 12 inches!  Holy. Moly.  While I grew up north of Boston and spent many winters in New Hampshire, I know that the days when the snow is coming down all day long and it’s kind of wet and slushy means it will stick and build throughout the day.  Which really means, I should stay inside and huddle and bake while all that is going on. Fast forward 24 hours from the start of the Snow-Pocalypse of Chapel Hill 2018 and … the … snow … has … stopped.

The snow came down in Chapel Hill - even the cedar trees at Barbara Bell Photography's studio felt the icy weight of this snow.See that tree?  Man, icy snow has got a weight to it!

Barbara Bell Photography loves to capture these Carolina blue skies.

But you really can’t beat a morning walk with your dog when the sky is such a vivid shade of…yes!…Carolina Blue!

This black lab loves the snow!

Whitby, my 2 year old black lab, loves – loves – loves the snow.  The 25% of him that is spaniel was evident as he leapt and bounded through the snow drifts, up on the banks and down to the frozen creeks.

I loved that he turned up with a snow muzzle…it’s the human equivalent of a milk mustache.

Whitby Bell is Barbara Bell's 2 year old lab, Whitby Bell.

A dog's snow muzzle is like a human's milk mustache. ---Barbara Bell


Now that it’s Saturday, the temps are warm enough to start melting the snow, de-icing the roads, and the beauty of this morning walk will be remembered only by the photographs I captured.  This may be the year I start a family photo album to show what we captured and experienced in this year. (Whitby’s snow muzzle is fast becoming a family favorite.)




Barbara Bell Photography is a portrait and event photographed based out of Chapel Hill, NC