SNOW – MORE AND LESS

Snow, and then … not so much snow … and finally … tee-shirts, but there’s snow here and there. Of course the tee-shirt weather won’t last, but it’s a wonderful nearly spring time. We got a lot of pictures. Everyone was out with a camera today.

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The temperature is going up all the way to around 60 this week and maybe, if we are lucky, it’s the end of winter. So … a few more pictures.

THE CHANGING SEASON — IS SPRING AROUND THE CORNER?

The Changing Seasons: February 2017


Photographs by Garry and Marilyn Armstrong


We got a lot of snow this month, but not as much as we have had in earlier years. If this is as bad as it gets, I’m okay with it.

Yesterday, suddenly, the temperature went up. It didn’t go up a few degrees. It went from well below freezing to downright warm and cozy. But of course, we had a lot of snow on the ground, so the world went into the big drip. First, the long icicles hanging from the roof began to drip and about 24 hours later, they were gone.

Then, the roof began to drip. It was dripping so hard it looked like we were having our own personal rainstorm. This afternoon, with the temperature at 45 degrees Fahrenheit (about 7.25 Celsius), the dripping has stopped. Which probably means the roof is now clear and we didn’t even have to get someone to come and shovel it!

I’m hoping we are now heading towards spring. Not an early spring or even a late one. Just a normal, on time, regular kind of spring weather. Garry took most of the pictures this month, so all of these are from both of us.

Please go visit some of the other beautiful galleries for this month!

You will find them on THE CHANGING SEASON  – FEBRUARY 2017.

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ODDBALLS INSIDE – FEBRUARY SNOW EDITION

Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: February 12, 2017


It started snowing four or five days ago and hasn’t paused since. From what I can see of the forecast, it is going to snow, pretty much continuously, for at least a week. Maybe longer.

Strange kitchen companions

Strange kitchen companions

Winter kitchen scene

Winter kitchen scene

And it’s very cold. Which means nothing will melt between storms. Not that there’s much time between storms. One moves out, another moves in. We had about an hour of sun this morning before it started to snow again. Garry was outside shoveling. Now he’s out there shooting pictures. What a guy!

Garry with snow shovel

Garry with snow shovel

Hands in motion

Hands in motion

With Garry doing outdoor landscapes of ice and snow, I’ve been taking oddballs inside. You’d think the dogs would be outside hanging with Garry and the shovel, but nope. They are inside, catching 40 winks, the occasional biscuit, and staying where it’s warm and dry. I threw them out a while ago, but all they did was bark twice and make a u-turn back through the doggy door.

Starving Scotties suffering the bitter cold of winter

Starving Scotties suffering the bitter cold of winter

Clearly roughing it isn’t part of their current playbook.

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SUNSHINE AFTER THE STORM – GARRY ARMSTRONG

Downtown on the Commons

Downtown on the Commons

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It has been snowing almost continuously since the beginning of the month. We’ve had a day here and there without snow or sleet, but mostly, it has been precipitating. And I’ve been shoveling, then shoveling some more. The last two days we have spent awaiting a plow. There’s no point in plowing while it’s still snowing … and competition for plowing services gets intense.

Late afternoon with the sun low in the sky

Late afternoon with the sun low in the sky

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The town hasn’t taken down the Christmas decorations yet, so red bells are still in the picture

Finally, in the middle of the afternoon, the plow arrived. And did a pretty good job. I still had to go out and clear off the car. Then I dug out the parking area because there will be sleet tomorrow and the next day and before the weekend, it will be snowing again. If you don’t clear the space, you wind up with ice that doesn’t melt until the flowers are blooming.

The library from the Commons

The library from the Commons

More snow on the Commons

More snow on the Commons

I took the opportunity to  go into town. With the Olympus OM-D EM-5 and a nice 12-50 mm lens. Our little town looked like pictures from the past. If only we could get the pretty part of the snow without the rest of the mess.

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That's me, doing my job, clearing the snow from our parking area. Obviously Marilyn's picture. You knew that, right?

That’s me, doing my job, clearing the snow from our parking area. Obviously Marilyn’s picture. You knew that, right?

THE NORTH WIND DOTH BLOW … GARRY ARMSTRONG

Not a robin, but Fred the Lawn Flamingo. Leaning forward but otherwise unaffected by the cruel weather.

Not a robin, but Fred the Lawn Flamingo. Leaning forward but otherwise unaffected by the cruel weather.

The North Wind Doth Blow

Nursery Rhyme
The north wind doth blow,
And we shall have snow,
And what will poor robin do then?
Poor thing.

He’ll sit in a barn,
And keep himself warm,
And hide his head under his wing,
Poor thing.


Little traffic late on a snowy Saturday afternoon

Sparse traffic late on a snowy Saturday afternoon

Welcome, but beware of fierce terriers who are noticeably absent. They prefer being inside where it's warm and dry. They have a point.

Welcome, but beware of fierce terriers who are noticeably absent. They prefer being inside where it’s warm and dry. They have a point.

Only two mailboxes. There were three. Once was probably knocked down by the plow and is buried under the snow.

Only two mailboxes. There were three. One was probably knocked down by the plow and is buried under the snow.

Our house from the road through the trees and snow

Our house from the road through the trees and snow

The old tractor and the house ... and the snow season has only just begun.

The old tractor and the house … and the snow season has only just begun.