It's not always easy to see the upside of winter in New England.
But sometimes, when the snow is freshly fallen and the City of Woonsocket sits in a frosty kind of peace, the surrounding beauty can make you forget the hours of shoveling and wet boots in your future.
On just such a night on January 12, 2011, Woonsocket's Jeffrey Emidy ventured out into the cold night to capture downtown in the mist of one of its worst winter storms. He added his photos to the Woonsocket Patch of the event, then took his efforts one step further, submitting one of his shots into the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority's Rhody Ten photo contest.
The top six photos sent to RIPTA will be featured on the Rhody Ten Pass, a short-term ticket for public transit, good for ten rides. Emidy's photo, depicting Main Street on a quiet, white night, will be featured on the December pass.
"We really liked the wintery scene that he took," explained Cristy Raposo, Marketing Coordinator for RIPTA.
The image captures the historic charm of the city's downtown district just after Christmas. Banners proclaiming "Happy Holidays," some barely visible under white dust, add to the peaceful scene.
Emidy's work as a project review coordinator for Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission of Rhode Island may have helped his eye in capturing the shot. Emidy has a keen appreciation and knowledge of Woonsocket's historic buildings and has been a source of knowledge for past Patch articles.
You can purchase the Rhody Ten Pass beginning Nov. 25 at on Diamond Hill Road.