WINTER BLUES – SWO8 BLUES JAZZ

 IT’S FEBRUARY AND WE’VE GOT THE WINTER BLUES!


First published Feb 15, 2015 – YouTube

My collaborator, Leslie Martel of swo8 Blues Jazz did the work. Composed the music and wrote the words. She also put the video together. Posted it to YouTube. I think that’s all the work. I merely supplied photographs.

This video is called Winter Blues, a unique, fun collaboration between me and composer-musician swo8 Blues Jazz.

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It’s that time of year again and we’ve had our first blizzard. The forecast is for snow every day for the next six days, so I guess the season just got serious. This seems a good time to run this one again.

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Before this longest yet, ironically, shortest month is finished, I expect to have many more winter photographs. But it will end. It always has. So far!

It’s sort of almost spring … right?

CAN YOU FIND THE WAY?

Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge – February 8, 2017

THIS JUST IN!

Due to severe weather, all non-emergency Town of Uxbridge offices, including town hall, the library and the senior center will be closed today. Please note that all programs and meetings scheduled in municipal buildings today and this evening are cancelled. Governor Baker has closed all non-emergency state offices today. Please check our website at http://www.uxbridge-ma.gov, Uxbridge cable television and our social media sites on Facebook and Twitter for storm related updates and important emergency contact information. We urge you to stay off the roads today if possible. Thank you and be safe.


Winter arrived with a roar. A literal roar. Thunder woke me this morning. Thunder and the wind moving the tall oak trees in the woods. I awakened to a white-out world. Hard to know how much snow has actually fallen.

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I shoveled the front walk and the area around the stoop so the dogs would have room to move. I shoveled it first around 9 this morning, then around 11. Garry did it again adding a path up the driveway to the car and the back deck — just half an hour ago. It’s covered with snow again.

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It is snowing very hard, those tiny flakes that mean “serious business” in a snowstorm. Add to that the wind and the thunder and you have … a little blizzard. Little so far. We’ll see how it goes. Could be big blizzard if it hangs around through tomorrow when a second storm is due to arrive.

The snow had just begun when I shot this one. An hour later, it was another story.

The snow had just begun when I shot this one. An hour later, it was another story.

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ICE DAMS

A Photo a Week Challenge: Ice, Ice, Baby


No ice this year, but we have had some astounding, huge, ice dams in past winters. This was shot from inside through the ice. It was the winter when we didn’t have any snow until the very end of January, but managed to accumulate more than 12 feet by mid-March. After it began snowing, it forgot to stop.

The odd "grid" in the background is the screen which I should have removed before winter because that ice destroyed it.

The “grid” in the background is the window screen. I should have removed it before winter. The ice destroyed it.

Icicles look pretty, but they do a lot of damage to houses, especially roofs and eaves.  Ice weighs down tree branches, causing them to snap. Sometimes, ice will cause entire trees to fall. Ice dams can prove dangerous.

You can clearly see the screen on this one. By this time in the winter, the ice had adhered to the screen, forming a curtain of ice.

You can more clearly see the screen in this picture. By now, the ice had formed a curtain.

A big one can weigh several hundred pounds. I know people who have been seriously injured by falling ice.

 

THURSDAY’S SPECIAL – BLIZZARD!

Thursday’s Special: Wintry


Living in New England, we typically have a lot of wintry weather. Not so much this year, but we have had some recent winters that rivaled Siberia for intensity both of cold and depth of snow. The month of blizzards here is usually February, although we’ve had blizzards as early as the beginning of December and as late as April. So far, this year has not been a very snowy year. If I want a reminder of real winter in New England, I can open any folder from February past to know there may yet be significant snow in our near future. We don’t break out the champagne until March. Garry says April, please. We don’t want to jinx ourselves.

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Meanwhile, though, I am enjoying not being buried under 10 feet or more of ice and snow … and not seeing below zero temperatures and listening to the radiators struggling to deliver heat.

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I took these photographs in February of 2015 during two different blizzards which hit only two days apart. Each storm dropped more than a foot and a half of snow. More than 10 feet fell in February alone. We set a new record for that winter’s snowfall, breaking the record set the previous winter. Note that these pictures are not shot in or converted to monochrome. The world during snowstorms is monochrome.

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Finally, I wanted to show at least one impressionist snow scene. Not just the way it looks, but the way it feels. I should mention that the fences are five feet high and the snow, in some places goes right over them. And there were at least three more heavy snows to come in the next 10 days.

CEE’S “WHICH WAY” PHOTO CHALLENGE

Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge – January 25, 2017


The sun goes down, but the road goes ever on.

The sun goes down, but the road goes ever on.

The gate is open, but no one is going through.

The gate is open, but no one is going through.

Garry creates the way on a snowy morning.

Garry creates the way on a snowy morning. He should be wearing boots. At least socks. We call this “winter denial.” If I refuse to wear boots, it isn’t really winter.” It doesn’t work for me, but it works for my guy.

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THE CHANGING SEASONS – AN UNUSUAL JANUARY

The Changing Seasons: January 2017


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It’s a new year. The last one zipped by in hyperdrive. A year ago today, we had just returned from Arizona. This year,  no such luck … but it has been a surprisingly warm month. Just one snow of any measurable amount. Other few little snows have not rated being shoveled, much less plowed.180-sunset-aldrich-st-210117_03

I really wanted to do just one picture this time, but the variability of the weather has made that difficult. We have been alternating springlike warm weather with deep winter cold and snow, often in as short an interval as 12 hours.

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«The Changing Seasons 2017» is a blogging challenge with two versions: the original (V1) which is purely photographic and the newer version (V2) where you can be more artistic and post a painting, a recipe, a digital manipulation, or simply just one photo that you think represents the month.

Anyone with a blog can join this challenge and it’ll run throughout 2017. It doesn’t matter if you couldn’t join the first month(s), late-comers are welcomed.

These are the rules (want the full introduction? Click Here), but they’re not written in stone – you can always improvise, mix & match to suit your own liking.


The great Cardinal Guzman sponsors this challenge and it is my favorite. He is a wonderfully gifted and imaginative photographer. Whether or not you decide to participate, please visit and look at his amazing photography. You’ll be glad you did!

The Changing Seasons is a Monthly Photo Challenge started by CardinalGuzman.wordpress.com.

The Changing Seasons is a Monthly Photo Challenge started by CardinalGuzman.wordpress.com.

PASSAGE THROUGH THE SNOW: BLACK & WHITE SUNDAY – GARRY ARMSTRONG

BLACK & WHITE SUNDAY: PASSAGE


It’s a snow day here in south central Massachusetts. Cold and blowy. Snow has been falling pretty heavily since late morning and now, it’s dark out. Seven in the evening. Dinner is finished. Dishes put away. We were both outside taking pictures earlier. I think Garry got just the right pictures for this topic.

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These are natural monochrome. It’s the way the world looks while snow is falling.