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December 28, 2010

Andre’s First Snow

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Ahhhhhh…. a rare moment: I am home alone.  Girls are each at friends’ houses, hubby is out working an extra detail.  And what am I doing?  The dishes stacked in the sink? Nah.  Folding the laundry? Nope!  I’m eating chocolate and writing a blog post!  That’s a good use of my time, right?  I thought so too.

“Watch out for the Blizzard of 2010!  Winter Storm Adrianne is on its way!  Ten to fifteen inches of snow!” the media screamed.  I’ll believe it when I see it, I thought to myself.  It did snow.  And many areas, it appears, did get quite a bit of heavy, wet snow.  Here in my little corner of the world?  Maybe four inches.  It is very hard to say because it was extremely windy.  There are parts of the yard where the snow was blown much higher than 4 inches, but under some of the trees, the grass is still visible.

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I took this picture yesterday from  inside the comfort of my house while the wind howled outside.  But look across the street there.  See?  Grass under the trees.

I  live in what seems to be a somewhat protected little pocket of Massachusetts called the Pioneer Valley – at least here in the southern part of it.  When storms rage across New England, other parts of Massachusetts often get piled on with snow.  I could probably count on one hand the number of times this area has received more than 18″ of snow from one storm in the years since I’ve been married.  The weather media is always threatening us with 10-12″ with an incoming snow storm.  I scoff.  I rarely believe them.

Although we did not get the predicted amount of snow, it was our first appreciable amount of snowfall this winter.  The dogs have been happily romping through it and the girls and I went sledding today for the first time in a long time.  It was also Andre’s first snow.  I admit, however, to feeling lazy about wanting to go outside for pictures.  I took a few (from inside the house) to mark the occasion for Andre.

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Light, dry snow blowing up the road in yesterday’s wind.

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The view from my favorite summertime spot, my deck.  Yes, those are my dead mums still swinging in the breeze, and no, I didn’t get the garden hose put away before the snow came down!

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Unlike me, Teddy doesn’t mind the chilly temps and cold winds we’ve been experiencing.  He goes outside and lays down in the snow.  With the winter coat he’s grown, I suspect he barely feels cold.  I thought he looked rather handsome highlighted by the bright, white snow.

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This photo leaves me with a question for those of you who’d be in the know.  After my recent discovery of starbursts at a small aperture, I was curious about what a small aperture out in bright sunshine might bring me.  The sun was still too high and too bright to try to make a star out of it, and I know some of the the shape and color here is known as sun flare.  My question is, where did that perfect pentagon of sun flare come from?  Does the shutter of the camera shut in that shape?  Inquiring minds want to know!  Please enlighten me if you are able.

ETA: I just tried out the video feature of my new iPod.  Here’s a little clip of the dogs having fun in the backyard: