Yesterday was a rare snow day in Nagoya. The temperature stayed right around freezing most of the day and the humidity was high, so the snow was wet and heavy and melted quickly. After biking home from work and cleaning the slush and dirt off my bike, I didn't feel like going out again, but fortunately, the stairwell in my building provides a good vantage point for watching the weather, so I bundled up, grabbed my 28mm and flash, and hit the stairs. The wind was blowing hard so I had to stand behind the shelter of the wall while getting my settings right, and then pop out into the blowing snow to get a few shots before retreating again to wipe the snow from the lens. I exposed for the ambient light, but used the flash to highlight the falling snow. Finally, by early evening the snow had stopped so I took some slow shutter photos in the pristine twilight. As photographers go, I tend to not be very adventurous, but there is beauty and interest to be found all around you if you keep your eyes open. As with the long exposure photos of car lights I took a few days ago, I wasn't sure if I liked the color or black and white versions more, so I have included some of both.