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4 SEASONS – CEE’S FUN FOTO CHALLENGE: LANDSCAPES OR SEASCAPES

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Landscapes or Seascapes

Most of the pictures I take are landscapes. Whether it’s of water or land, there are so many it’s hard to pick a few favorites. So, I decided to take a couple from each season. This satisfies my sense of balance and makes it easier for me to make a choice. Hope you like them.

SPRINGTIME IN THE VALLEY

April at Manchaug falls

The Blackstone Canal in May

The Blackstone Canal in May

SUMMERTIME

Sunrise - July in Rockport

Sunrise – July in Rockport

Mid-August - Cows at home

Mid-August – Cows at home

GOLDEN AUTUMN

Bright color in woods bathed in twilight

Bright color in woods bathed in twilight

Morning in Vermont, October 2014

Morning in Vermont, October 2014

SNOWY WINTER

Red farmhouse in Snow

Red barn in Snow

snowy field in Hadley

LAST WINTER

Winter is on its way. We’ve been warned. A couple of little snows. Just a few inches and now it has melted, so we are back to mud. But that’s because it warmed up and rained last night.

72-February Snow OO_4

In a few weeks, it will stop warming up. All precipitation will be snow or sleet (I hate sleet).

72-February Snow OO_1

Last winter was horrendous. It was bitterly cold and never warmed up enough to melt off. It would melt a little bit, then immediately freeze again until our driveway was a glacier from which we could not escape.

72-February Snow OO_2

Yet. It was beautiful. Snow is beautiful. Living in this valley, when the snow cover turns the world shiny and white looks like a painting, a Currier and Ives illustration. Even the most hardened winter hater can’t help but be awestruck.

72-February Snow OO_3

A few pictures from last winter … antique-style to add just a hint of unreality. I’m down with winter’s unreality, by the way. If only I could stay unreal until spring …

SNOW ON THANKSGIVING (AGAIN)

72-Thanksgiving-First Snow_01

I know it snowed last Thanksgiving too because I have photographic evidence, but I don’t remember. I know it was a terrible and long winter. That it was bitterly cold before Halloween and stayed cold until the middle of March.

72-Thanksgiving-First Snow_04

It’s not so cold this year. It has actually been a bit warmer than usual, though it’s not warm today. It started snowing — more accurately, sleeting — yesterday morning and has been dribbling icy stuff from the sky ever since. Now, at 3 in the afternoon, it seems to have finally stopped.

Nothing is falling, but the sky is a leaden white that to me, in my unprofessional role of meteorological guru, screams rain. Probably followed by freezing. In other words, ice. We have new snow tires, but they aren’t much help on ice. Nothing, including 4-wheel drive, is much help on ice.

Tempus fugit!

Tempus fugit!

So here are pictures of Thanksgiving Day, 2014. Not the dinner table because nothing is served yet … it’s all in the oven. I can smell it. The best part of Thanksgiving is how good it smells. My nose is singing a Hosanna.

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REFLECTIONS ON THE POND

When the water is still and the sun is bright, a pond or lake can be a mirror. Here is the world in mid-November, upside down. With ripples.

OCTOBER COMING HOME

Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge: 2014 #21 It was as if we spent all of October in the car. It’s not true, of course. We spent most of October on the ground, somewhere in New England. Massachusetts to Maine, Maine to Vermont, Vermont to Massachusetts, Uxbridge to Hadley and then once more around. Whoo hoo. These […]

SOMEWHERE IN SUTTON

Kaity and I went shooting today. We haven’t done that in a long time and it was a pleasure spending time with this young woman who is my granddaughter. It was not quite as bright and beautiful as it had been earlier in the week … but it was neither raining nor snowing. At this point […]

WATER BIRDS AT LACKEY DAM

I haven’t seen any swans around here at all in months. The local ponds, rivers, waterfalls were all  dry, with their muddy bottoms showing. Kaity tells me she’s seen a lot of swans, but not in the usual places. I assume they went to deeper water. Before the rain started in October, you could walk across […]

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