The Magic of Winter in West Virginia

By Jonathan Eggleston, RealWV 

As winter struggles to blanket our surroundings in a soft, serene white, I find myself captivated by the flood of nostalgia that comes with the gentle fall of snowflakes.

Image by Nathaniel Peck.

In a world racing at an ever-quickening pace, the simple joy of childhood memories floods back with each falling flake, transporting me to a time when happiness was found in the most uncomplicated moments.

In recent years, the hills of West Virginia have witnessed a noticeable decline in the once-abundant snowfall that used to transform the landscape into a winter wonderland. For someone who grew up loving the crisp crunch of snow beneath my boots and the thrill of snowball fights and sleigh riding,  this change in weather patterns tugs at the heartstrings.

Many higher elevations receive snowfall while other areas are left untouched. Image of Canaan Valley by Nathaniel Peck.
Image of the Marshall Memorial Fountain by Jesse Thornton.

Eager to capture and share these rare moments of winter bliss, I decided to embrace this winter with open arms. Armed with my camera and a heart full of memories, I ventured into the recent snowy landscape to document the beauty that graced my surroundings.

This panorama is a combination of ten photos stitched together to reveal more of the winter landscape and captures the sunset from Monroe County 2 days after the recent snowfall. Image by Jonathan Eggleston.

I’ve always loved the snow. There’s a certain magic to it, a tranquility that takes me back to the carefree days of childhood. It’s like stepping into a snow globe, and I welcome a good snowstorm anytime.”

A foggy fenceline in the snow by David Johnston.
A tree in Sinks Grove, as photographed by Jonathan Eggleston.

This collection of photos I have rounded up is a visual feast to the power of winter nostalgia.

This collection features images from across the mountain state,  captured by some of West Virginia’s finest landscape photographers.

Scenes of snow-covered streets, frosted trees, and untouched fields evoke a sense of wonder and simplicity, transporting viewers to a time when the world paused for the enchantment of snow.

In sharing these images, my hope is to spark a collective recollection of shared experiences and the joy that snowfall can bring. It’s an invitation to reconnect with the childlike wonder that often gets buried beneath the responsibilities of adulthood.

Image by Jesse Thornton

As we navigate a world that constantly changes, these Photographs serve as a personal reminder that some of life’s most cherished moments are found in the small, passing details. So, let’s embrace the beauty of this winter, savor the nostalgia and new memories the snow carries, and find comfort in the joy that comes with appreciating the simple things in life.

Coopers Rock on a snowy sunrise. Image by Jesse Thornton.

Big shout-out to Jesse Thornton, David Johnston, Nathaniel Peck and Bill Brown for their awesome images and continued work capturing our amazing and beautiful state! You can check out their work by using the links below.

Jesse Thornton | Reflection in a Pool | West Virginia Photography

Cover photo of Lindy Point by David Johnston.

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