Old Man Winter returnsPosted: January 13, 2012
Old Man Winter made a blustery return overnight. We woke up to white-out conditions this morning. The frenzied wind is blowing snow in all directions, drifting is some areas and little to no accumulation in others. Lake effect snow will kick in tonight and we never know what that will bring. It’s usually an all or nothing situation with lake effect.
I captured this poor dove at the feeder trying not to get blown off by the 30mph winds. It took a little work in Photoshop, playing with the contrast, to be able to see the bird through the blizzard.
The words on the photo opening this post are my second small stone for today. My first was a silly thing about scrambled superstitions, this being Friday the 13th and all. The second small stone dropped into the river that is my mind shortly after I finished posting the first over at my other blog so I decided to see what I could do with it by combining the words with the photo in a postcard format. The wind kept me awake for a good part of the night, and it really did sound like a giant on the rampage out there. Still does. The wind hasn’t let up yet.
As of this writing, I have not stepped outside today. I did stick my head out the door to take a few photos. It’s cold. Bitterly cold with the kind of arctic wind that bites right to the bone no matter how many layers you’re wearing. I will go out soon just to meet my personal commitment to continue getting outside everyday, but I don’t expect I’ll stay out long.
Plans for skiing, sledding, or otherwise enjoying the snow have been put on hold until tomorrow. It won’t be nearly as windy.
Thanks for dropping by and watching the snow with me. The best place to watch is from the patio doors in the dining room. The wind tends to drive down at the back of the pond, near the entrance to the woods, where it is turned into snow dervishes who then twirl across the pond. It’s particularly interesting to watch this phenomenon today because the pond thawed, and I’m used to seeing the snow dance over the frozen surface of the pond rather than waves whipped up by the wind. Cold, yes. But still beautiful.
Have a great weekend! 🙂