Evangelical church on the common after dark in December
Evangelical church on the common after dark in December

You never know about December. We’ve had some of our most memorable blizzards this month. I remember one storm, when we still lived in Boston. It hit in early December and dropped 22 inches on the city. Other years, different winters, we have had no measurable snow until late January or February. And, just to confuse the issue, every four or five years, we have a winter with no snow or nearly none. It all depends on the prevailing winds, the polar vortex, and the positioning of Santa’s sleigh in the arctic. Most important is whether or not we are ready for winter to arrive. If we aren’t, an early hard winter is guaranteed.

Our house. After I took this, I realized that we have lived here for almost 17 years and this is the first time I've shot a night photograph of our house.
After I shot this, I realized we’ve lived here almost 17 years — yet this is the first time I’ve photographed our house after dark

I have discovered a direct correlation between how much money you spend on snow removal equipment and how much snow will fall that season. If you spend big money and get a powerful snowblower or tractor that will easily tackle four-foot drifts on the bunny slope we optimistically call “our driveway,” your odds of getting no snow deeper than three inches increases exponentially.

If you spend more than $1500, you may get two back-to-back winters without any appreciable snow. You can bribe weather gods. I have no idea what they do with the money. Do they hang out on the sunny beaches of Jamaica or Waikiki? If I were a winter weather god, those would be my top two choices.

The rectory of the Evangelical church on Uxbridge common
The rectory of the Evangelical church on Uxbridge common

On the other hand, if you love winter sports, you can trick the gods and assure proper snow depths by not buying any snow-clearing equipment. All you need to do is go into the winter snow season completely unprepared. Extra points for failing to switch to snow tires. This will certainly guarantee a blizzard of (almost) epic proportions.

Is this real? True? I’m sure you can find it on Facebook. You can always find the Truth on social media.

Uxbridge Common at night ... just before Christmas with lights.
Uxbridge Common at night … just before Christmas with lights

Last year’s winter was very mild and so far, this season, we’ve had only one dusting plus a modest little snow that melted the following day. No great heaps of snow. It has been very cold and other places not far from here have gotten considerably more winter weather than us. I believe this is because last year, we finally gave in and bought a four-wheel-drive Jeep. For the amount of money it cost, we may get as many as three mild winters.

Snow in the woods in December
Snow in the woods in December

I was trying to find a single picture that screamed “December.” But this month, I bought (second-hand, but in perfect condition) a terrific Leica f1.4 lens for my Olympus OM-D. It’s the lens for night photography.

Last summer's chrysanthemums linger as the season's first snow falls
Last summer’s chrysanthemums linger as the season’s first snow falls

I also got the Topaz Simplify 4 filter set. This has skewed my photographic endeavors in the direction of artistic and experimental rather than my more typical realism. I hope you like the results. I’m having so much fun with combinations of filters, I felt compelled to show off at least of few of them to you. What I like best about this kind of photography is that it is like painting. It’s not just things as they are or were, but as I see them in my mind’s eye.

Bonnie watches the snow falling.
Bonnie watches snow falling

Finally, I could not choose only one photograph. Here is 2016 through all the changing seasons.

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See you all on the flip side of the calendar. Cardinal Guzman has kindly offered to host this challenge again in 2017, so I will look forward to viewing all your beautiful pictures next year.

Enjoy the holiday and the season!



      1. A lovely collection of pictures. Your Uxbridge Common night scene is a picture postcard.
        I adore the pic of Her Highness, Bonnie, surveying her domain.


      2. Good morning, Your comments struck a chord within me. More than ever, I feel the need to immerse myself in goodness to deal with these awful times. Music, nature, the arts and time with family and friends are very comforting. It is nice to meet you too and to share a connection. Lori


        1. It may be the only thing we really CAN do, which is not participate in things we feel are wrong. And that is going to be more and more difficult as time passes. Our world is changing and usually, I say we have to change with it … but I think this time around, I want to say the opposite. We need to hold on to what we believe. The change in the air is not change with which I want to associate.

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    1. Thank you thank you 😀 The filter does some really lovely things. And it does a lot of different lovely things — from very subtle, to gaudily abstract. I just have to be careful to not use it all the time 🙂 But it’s a new toy and gee whiz, it’s almost Christmas!

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    1. ME too! Jamaica for us because it’s a really LONG ride to Hawaii. When you live on or near the right coast and the entire Caribbean is at your feet so to speak, logic says grab a flight to the Caribbean. Also, I’ve only been to Jamaica once and I have wanted to go back ever since. Of all the islands, that one sang to me. Maybe it was the coffee, but I think it was the people and something else … something special.

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    1. And that you for writing some of the most interesting and fun posts of MY year and helping me find a perspective I would never find on my own. Like so many of my online friends, I just wish you were a neighbor. We could have wonderful chats over coffee 🙂 Have a beautiful holiday season and here’s hoping for a better next year!

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  1. We almost haven’t seen snow in these parts of the world so far this winter. I don’t miss it, but I’d love it if the ice came back so we could go ice skating again!.
    Happy new year and thanks for participating in my challenge. 🙂


        1. Science always comes with a lag, but nothing like the lag of anachronisms such as religion (I prefer the term superstition, but the religious people still seem to think that there’s a difference between them)…


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