The photo for December 2014 is the road going from Carvers Gap on the TN/NC border up the mountain to the Rhododendron Gardens. The only travelers on that road this day in March 2013 were cross country skiers. It was a Saturday morning and I was able to get up to Carvers Gap just after sunrise before the road was plowed. There were just a handful of hardy (some say crazy) photographers and skiers. The snow was unbroken and beautiful. The photo of the pines in the snow that is on the calendar page was taken on this same day on the Roan Mountain Balds.
Taking photos of snowy scenes like this has special challenges. You can read some of my suggestions from an older post here.
I felt very alone up there that morning. The blanket of snow absorbed what little sound there was. While I saw cross country ski tracks, I didn't see a single person on this side of highway 143. It was like I was alone in the world. But no matter how alone we my feel, The Lord is always in our midst. I believe God rejoices when we are out in His creation, enjoying the natural beauty. This was both a calming and a joyful experience for me. I am looking forward to more snow!