Snow in Lewisville
This past Monday morning, Lewisville residents awoke to a beautiful covering of snow. It’s the most we’ve had in several years.
When it comes to photographing snow scenes, I wish I could be in more places at once. I wanted to photograph as much of Lewisville as possible, before significant melting took place. Yet I realized that it wasn’t possible for me to capture every portion of the community at the peak of its snow-covered beauty. So, alas, I did the best that I could.
Because my little truck does not like slick roads, I set out on foot around 7:30 a.m. I carried two cameras — a wide-to-long zoom lens on one camera, and a macro lens on the other. My coat pockets were full of various photo accessories. My hand and toe warmers were in place, as was my black winter Tilley hat, with the ear flaps pulled down. I was ready to venture out!
Making my way to the heart of Lewisville would require about a mile’s walk. At the corner of Shallowford and Williams Roads, I captured the above photo. The trees, apparently anxious for spring, were filled with bright red buds. It was awesome to look upward from beneath the trees and see so many of the red buds outlined in white by the snow that covered the branches. It was an exquisite sight that reminded me of Japanese art.
These trees are located on the property of the historic Spaugh House, which I wrote about in the post titled, Evening Light. The photos in that earlier post were taken in August, in a brilliant golden light, just prior to sunset. Now, on this winter morning, the house and property had an entirely different mood.
Photos of the Spaugh House, along with more shots of the beautiful snow-covered trees, can be viewed in the Spaugh House photo gallery. I hope you enjoy them. Please feel free to leave a comment by clicking on the “Comment” link below.
COMING UP NEXT — More snow scenes from other areas of Lewisville.
The late evening light was painting a beautiful scene before me as I walked by this house on Shallowford Road. For the first time, I stopped to read the historical marker that had been placed on the property in 2007 by the Lewisville Historical Society. The text of the marker reads:
CHARLES L. SPAUGH HOUSE, ca. 1900 — Charles L. Spaugh, a Christian and civic leader in Lewisville, built this large two-story house with lumber from his own sawmill for his wife Doris Alspaugh and their family. Jesse Joel Jones, Sr., and his wife Annie Shermer Jones purchased this home in 1931. The ownership of this house has remained in the Jones family for 75 years. One of the notable owners includes Lola Elizabeth Jones Kiger.
When I was growing up, my family simply referred to the house as the “Kiger House.” I hadn’t heard of Charles Spaugh before, nor had I realized the house was over 100 years old. Like so many things or buildings I frequently pass by in Lewisville, I’d not given much thought to the background of this house.
Hmmm, I think I’ll investigate the other historical sites in the township. I’ll keep you posted! Meanwhile, you can view a few more photos in the Charles Spaugh House photo gallery.