Thursday, December 31, 2009

Looking at the Sky - Winter Wonderland

Looking at the Sky arrives and the winter blues has a different meaning in this old Polaroid print. This is Feb. 8, 1978 in East Hartford. The previous two days left around 30 inches (77 cm) of snow on the ground, probably the biggest amount of snow in one nor'easter than I have seen. And it rarely does it snow this much in the Hartford (CT) area.

But what of the sky? My father referred to days like this as 'the rewarding day after the snowstorm day'. When the system departed, the sun was strong and the sky was bluer than ever. Given that this picture, taken from an SX-70 instant camera (anybody remember these?), the print has faded, is a bit blurry and lacks its original clarity. Yet the aging hasn't taken away the feeling of a sky as clean as can be with a brilliant blue in the heavens to offset the work of removing 30 inches from the driveway. See the sky in all its beauty at Tisha's great meme!


Anna said...

Wow, that's a lot of snow! It always seems to be like this the day after a storm - bright, sunny, and blue.

Day4plus said...

Yeah the sky always looks so blue after a snowstorm and when the sky clears.

I remember the Kodak Instamatic but not the one you mention.

Have a great New Year. MB

Dimple said...

Nice old picture. Winter skies seem to me to be bluer than any other, especially after a storm. Maybe it's the contrast with the white snow!
Thanks for the visit!

Small City Scenes said...

Oops, I put down the wrong blog. MB

Gena @ thinking aloud said...

Great winter pic - typically wintery skies. I love your paloroid and old pics, Ralph - so nice that you are using them!! Happy new year!

Kramer said...

Like the snow story and the reward. Here's a to good new year for you and yours!

ramblingwoods said...

It does take a lot to take all that snow out of the driveway and my husband still shovels us out of our Buffalo winters...He enjoys it..LOL.. We had a major blizzard in 1977 in our area... Michelle

Looking @ The Sky on Friday said...

We got snow here in Arkansas today...about 1/4 of an inch, MAYBE. The kids were overjoyed. We played in it a bit. It was very cold!! :)

I think that you're right, the age of the photo does not take away from the beauty.

Thanks again for playing along this week and happy new year!!!