First big snowfall of the seasonPosted: January 3, 2012 Filed under: 365 Yoga Challenge, Earth, health, home, Letting Go, nature, Photography, pond, snow, Spirit, Walking, water, weather, work, yoga | Tags: a river of stone, Lake-effect snow, nature, Photography, pond, small stones, snow, winter 55 Comments
Winter has finally arrived here in the Bogs. The snow has been falling and falling and falling throughout the night and morning. It’s almost dizzying to watch the snowflakes whirling and twirling as they descend from the sky.
I did not have the white balance set on tungsten for the Early Morning photo. It was blue with cold and early morning light out there.
It is midday as I work on this blog post, and the weather radio alarm just sounded. We’re under a lake effect snow warning until 7pm. No surprises there. Sometimes the secondary snowbelt gets as much, if not more, snow than the primary snowbelt when bands of lake effect snow start traveling southwards. The squalls stall and hang out with us for a while.
We have a goodly amount of snow now. It was almost up to my knees in spots. There is certainly enough to go cross-country skiing. It’s too bad I’m not feeling up to it. I don’t think I’d last more than ten minutes.
I considered dusting off my skis and practicing in the front yard for a little while, but just the thought of carrying the skis and boots up and out in addition to bundling up with, and carrying around the added weight of, layers of clothing was exhausting. I had to rest for a while once I rid myself of such thoughts. (Kidding. I’m not that bad off. In fact, I am feeling somewhat better today. I took the last of the anti-viral pills early this morning. Hopefully I’ll continue to improve from here on out.)
I did bundle up and go out for a little while. I didn’t want to miss our first big snow event of the season completely. It is bitterly, bitterly cold out there and getting colder as the day goes on. Even with a pair of gloves on under my mitten-gloves, my fingers were painfully cold.
I stayed out for as long as my fingers could stand it, which is to say until I couldn’t feel or push the buttons on my camera. I think it was around this time last year that I had finally acclimated to the cold. Winter is late this season. I haven’t had the conditions needed to toughen up.
Today is day 100 of my yoga challenge. This morning I got back to some basics, feeling well enough to spend twenty minutes practicing with the AM Yoga For Your Week DVD. I have been doing a few stretches and restorative poses (along with meditation) throughout this bout of shingles, but it felt good to push a little. Not a lot. Just a little.
For those who might be interested in how it’s going with a river of stones, I started posting them on Bountiful Healing (my other blog). I was going to keep that news to myself. I don’t have many followers over at Bountiful Healing. I could shyly and quietly post away without much notice. However, since I announced I was taking up the challenge on this blog, I thought I should let you know where you can find my small stones.
And for those who aren’t interested in my words at all, here is the photo that went with today’s small stone (I’ll save you the trip over to the other blog):
I guess that’s about it from the Bogs for today. If you wear a size 8 shoe and would like to borrow my skis and boots for a little cross-country trip around Breezy Acres, you’re welcome to them. Or bring your own skis, boots, or snowshoes. Just make sure you bundle up. The temperature is in the teens out there. I’ll have some hot chocolate waiting to warm you up when you return to the house.
Letting Go: Of illness, slowly but surely.
Wow – the snow sure found you guys!! We have bitter cold temperatures here today, but no snow. It sure does make for some pretty images, though – I definitely have a new appreciation for the white stuff! 😉 I hope your recovery process is going well, and you are able to get plenty of rest!
Thanks, Holly. 🙂
It was a good snowfall. Unfortunately it won’t last long.
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Would you mind sending that snow down my way? 😉
Glad to hear that you’re feeling a little better today.
Thanks, Michaela. 🙂
I’ll talk to Mama Nature and see if she’ll give you a gift of snow. Be careful what you wish for, though… 😉
Lovely images, but I sure hope the snow stays up in your neck of the woods. 😉
I like the symmetry between the image of the steps and the tree below it, they work well together.
lol, Derrick! The previous commenter was wishing for snow somewhere in your neck of the woods. For some reason the contradiction in wishes struck me as funny.
Thank you. 🙂
That was funny!! We’re due rain first part of next week, which we need badly…. I hope the cold stuff stays away though!!
i heart snow
off to bountiful healing for your small stone
I know you do, Kel. I’d send you some if I thought it would make it there without melting in the heat.
We actually had a slight dusting of snow here yesterday–which I’m thankful for. I’ve been craving snow after 2 winters spent in tropical climates. Yours looks lovely–so fresh and clean!
Stay warm, Robin.
I hope you get your snow, Kathy M. More than a dusting. 🙂
You got slammed! We in the Northeast are still snow-less but the temps are BITTER. I hid inside all day today. You are a brave woman!
Lovely images as usual. You’ve captured the beauty of winter!
Not brave at all, Tracy. Snow, winter, and I are good friends. I love to visit with it. 🙂
Beautiful images. My fav is the golden hued sun reflected off the pond backlighting the bush/plant. Love it!
Thank you, Cecelia. 🙂
Love the warm lighting on the picture of the pond with the snow all around. I remember last Spring how I did not want to take one more picture of snow – it all looked the same and I was tired of snow … but, now it is novel again and fun to look for the unique formations and coverings. Nice post.
Thanks, Bearyweather. 🙂
I used to feel that way about snow when we reached February, but getting out and doing stuff (skiing, hiking, etc.) has made a huge difference.
While you got the beauty of the first snow, you got enough to be a nuisance – especially since the road crews were surprised. Fortunately I didn’t go out much on Jan 2nd as Cincinnati traffic had more than a few incidents. Nonetheless, well done Robin!
Thank you, Frank. 🙂
The road crews in northeast Ohio are amazing. They sometimes have difficulty keeping up when the Lake Erie snow squalls hit. Otherwise, they do a really fine job of keeping the roads clear of snow and ice.
Snow up to your knees, Robin? Wow. That IS a goodly amount. We had very, very, very cold weather today with lots of sun here in southern Ontario. Later in the week it’s supposed to warm up according to the weather forecast and not much snow is in forecast yet.
I may have to go shopping to see what I can get to keep my feet warm since I can’t wear the regular winter footwear.
The snow really looks great in your photos, Robin.
Well, Marianne, my husband says snow up to my knees is not really all that much. He must think I’m much shorter than I am. lol!!
Thank you. 🙂
We didn’t get quite as much as you did this time – You have certainly taken advantage of the beauty here and captured it perfectly. I am sitting here with a icy nose and cold toes, and thinking that I am quite chilly enough and looking at your photos made me feel just a little bit colder! I think I’ll have to come back to this post in August when the heat and humidity are almost, but not quite, unbearable!
Thank you, CFBookChick. Winter and I became good friends last year so I don’t mind it too much. 🙂
amazing snow photos, you could make a winter calendar filled with these
Thank you, Chloe. 🙂
I’m so jealous – you have snow! Lovely snow!
Magical shots as always.
Thank you, LadyFi. 🙂
How beautiful. Here the weather is nowhere close enough to snow In fact at present it is more springlike than winter. I want some snow too!
I’ll send you some, Gilraen. 🙂
Just beautiful. Glad to hear that you are feeling better. Thanks for sharing. No sign of snow in London…it will be in the 40s and 50s all week. Don’t think we will have winter here.
Thank you, TBM. 🙂
Wicked cold here, no snow. Hope the plants survive.
Glad you’re feeling a little better!
Thanks, Marie. 🙂
so wonderful!! Great images
Thank you, Mimo. 🙂
Thank you Gruss Gislinde
You’re welcome, Gislinde. And thank you. 🙂
Great images. Love the gate with the lock – it looks like it’s determined to keep that snow in place. THe one with the trees at the back of the pond: a wild winter festival dance in progress there?
That’s where all the great winter parties happen, PhilosopherMouse… at the back of the pond. 🙂
That snow looks GREAT! Our snowshoes are still waiting by the door for some winter snow, but lately it’s just been raining and raining some more. (It’s to be expected in the Pacific Northwest, though– snowfalls are an occasional gift rather than an inevitability out here.)
I really, really want to get come snowshoes, Dana. If winter every really gets here, I might go ahead and get some this year.
God bless you…for forging ahead…no matter the weather…you matter your health…
God bless you…hugs… 🙂
Thanks, HugMamma. 🙂
Your photos make the the snow-scape look other worldly – so beautiful. I can see why you had to go out there! No snow here, yet, but after last year, I’m being careful what I wish for.
Thank you, Barbara. 🙂
Hi Robin. This is a lovely lot of photos. Our snow is gone, so it is nice to go for a walk with you! I love the snow-laden fir with the hardwoods behind. Jane
Thank you, Jane. 🙂
Our snow will soon be gone too.
Oh, I wish I could take you up on your invitation. I’ve only seen snow once in my life, and I miss it, even though I’m not a big fan of the cold. Love the 7th shot! The colors are so beautiful!
Thank you, Belen. 🙂
Here in our little valley, we’re lucky if we get snow even once a year. So far, nothing. And when we do, it’s not usually enough for great pics. Love those steps.
Thank you, Sharon. 🙂
… and the patterns on the pond are gorgeous!!
Thanks, Carla. 🙂
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