Saturday, January 1, 2011

Shadow Shot Sunday - During and After


Shadow Shot Sunday arrives in a new year. And of course, I wish a happy new year for Oz host Tracy, and of course the shadow hunters and huntresses who participate.


We had a massive snow event, and happily the snow arrived about noon last Sunday. So for Christmas, we were able to visit and visitors were received before the weather turned, celebrations commenced as planned. Alas, I missed the fun of SSS last week, but am happy to join the fun again!


I dared not move outdoors to capture the night's snowy moment. So the view out the glass of the front storm door. Snow out there, the inside lamp reflected...


The snow was falling hard and the massive steady wind of 30 mph (48 kph) precluded an open door. 


The swirly winds made the night sound as cold as the pictures looked. 


Of course, the morning aftermath was to be chronicled. Once the swirling mass of moisture wound up on its way to maritime Canada, the view changed in character from snowing and freezing to merely freezing, more views were gathered.


From inside, that is! Wheelchairs and accumulated snow of 15 inches / 38 cm (with drifts a multiple of that) do not mix especially well. So behind double paned glass, the captures continued.


The big children took turns with the small Toro snow thrower and the ubiquitous snow shovels. 


I look here toward the driveway. The shadowy silhouette of our stuffed snow person seems to viewing the day the same was as I, in the warmth of the house.


The drifted snow without footprints looks so pure, a brilliant white canvas of the day-after-a-snowstorm day that almost makes living in a four-season climate worth it. Although as I age, I am not nearly as enamored of the cold as when I was little...


At least, the usual shadows appear in the tree and shrubs in our front yard. Bold and wonderfully defined, a beauty formed of cold and snow doesn't warm us up much. However, we appreciate the views! 


What is interesting is that today, the snow is starting to melt at today's sunny temperature of about 48°F (9°C), far warmer than it was on Monday. I do, however look forward to the real Spring to arrive in April...


Follow many great shadows at Hey Harriet!

32 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Brrrrrr!! It does look and sound cold!! Terrific shadow shots though! Glad you at least had some sunlight eventually! Glad you and your family are safe and warm. Wishing you a very happy 2011, filled with lots of love and laughter! Thank you for your visits to my blog, Ralph, and for your very lovely and encouraging comments!

Sylvia

frayedattheedge said...

Happy New Year to you and Patti! Your photos are beautiful ..... but I agree with you - best viewed from the warmth of the house! Our snow has almost gone - I hope it is in no hurry to come back!

Catherine said...

so pleased that the snow didn't spoil any of your xmas plans with visitors - snow always makes such lovely shadow shots Happy New Year from mexico....

Cindy said...

Happy New Year Ralph, I love the spooky feeling of the first shot, and the intricate branch patterns.
Cindy

Meri said...

Stay warm and think warm, fuzzy thoughts......... until the spring thaw. Happy New Year, Ralph.

Kay L. Davies said...

Beautiful shadows on the snow, Ralph. Good thing you didn't open the door during the storm.
All the best for 2011.
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

EG Wow said...

The shadows on the snow are wonderful, Ralph. I think snow makes a great "canvas."

Most of our snow has been washed away by rain. Our temperature right now is 51°F. I think we are going to break a record!

Paula Scott said...

Those shadows in the snow on your deck are absolutely luscious!

Paula Scott said...

oops! I hit, 'publish' too soon!
Here's to a brand new year!!

Martha Z said...

I imagine that it is a challange for you to get around in the snow. Nice that the grown kids were home and willing to take out the blower.
Thanks for checking out my new blog and have a great New Year!

Greyscale Territory said...

The snow shadows look so beautiful! Especially love the greying mystery in the first photo! But I would be taking photos from inside too! Wow it looks cold!

Shirley said...

Ralph, glad to see the weather cooperated enough for some shadow shots! Wishing you a Happy New Year from the prairie province of Alberta where there is lots of snow and cold!

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

Hope you had a great Yuletide holidays & a wonderful NY.

Yes, weather is a problem but we have to think positively and tackle up whatever we meet across our paths.

Although, the weather and your inside, your inside? You still managed the great shots, huh? Looks so cool but I guess, we have the same this moment.

Happy NYear's Day to all...
/chie

Hey Harriet said...

I so enjoyed reading this post Ralph! Funny to hear of your warmer temp of 9 degrees celcius, when it rarely becomes that low in the middle of our winter here in Qld! I'd have a very hard time adapting to your winter! Chilly but wonderful photos! Happy New Year! And try to keep warm!

Angie said...

Great photos make for stunning shadows. Thanks for your visit & a very happy New Year to you.

chubskulit said...

Love the second and last shot Ralph, the snow looks so fine and delicate. Our snow is now completely melted, we had a 60 degrees temp yesterday.

sarayutouched said...

you had a warm up too??? crazy, crazy weather patterns.

here's to a happy new year ralph. thanks for a year of great shadows.

Sara Chapman in Seattle, USA said...

Ralph, sounds like a great snowstorm was had by all. I do love the shadows, especially the twigs on the snow at the bottom. And thanks for your kind comment about my blog style. I worked long and hard on that!

Arija said...

I adore the ghostly fingers in the first shot, like a story about to happen.

Have a wonderful New Year my friend!

Blessings . . . Arija

Sarah said...

Happy New Year Ralph! Beautiful snowy pictures. It may be cold but it does make for good shots!

BLOGitse said...

It looks so beautiful and bright when the sun's shining and there's snow...
Like in Finland. It makes the world look much more brigther place during this time of the year.
Happy New Year!

Becky Chalet said...

A sight to behold in the warmth of a home.. Happy New Year 2011!

Junk Whores said...

It is a glorious view indeed Ralph, especially from the inside where it's cozy, looking outside where it AIN'T cozy!!! Hopefully you guys got that January thaw that we got, all is gone giving a clean slate for the next event! You are really getting hammered this year it seems like.

Have a fabulous year ahead and stay cozy and safe inside!

Sweet Repose-Junk Revival said...

Bet you were wonderin who this crazy fool was, forgot to sign out of my JUNK blog, yup this is my new year...LOL!!!

Sharon

Y. Ikeda said...

Happy New Year.
Great shadow photos! Although I am not into cold weather during winter, I love looking at snow photos. Are they all melted by now?
Have a wonderful day.
Yoshi

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Happy New Year Ralph !
I love your descriptions of the howling storm at night .. those are the best to be by the fireplace with large mugs of hot chocolate (not that I need that excuse but it is atmospheric right ?) .. we have still no snow albeit a few random flakes .. not like us at all .. scary in fact !
Joy : )

Sam said...

Happy New Year Ralph!

You've had a lot of snow! I love these shots - especially the one with the snow man's shadow - the sky is very pretty in that shot. I've heard there are terrible blizzards along the east coast particularly in New York. I hope it eases up! Do you think the snow will return? I heard February is a particularly cold month.

Woody said...

Something about shadows in the snow; they look so crisp. We didn't have the massive amount you did, but I did post a shot on the 28th of a massive drift ~4' deep. Did you see this time lapse from the Jersey shore? It's cool!
http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-533804?hpt=T1

Dianne said...

I love the lamp in the night!

Happy New Year

Cassie said...

Happy New Year to you & your family Ralph. Your shadowy snowman, enjoying the view with you in the warmth of your home made me smile...Is that guy lifesize or what?! Heading down to Phoenix now. Lots of snow on the way and honestly, I'll miss it. Over 70 degrees and I start baking internally. Sheesh!

The Reason You Come said...

Shadows and snow look good together! (I wish we had snow here.) Great shots!

Patti said...

Nice post, Ralphie! Looks cold around here. ;-)

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