Thursday, January 20, 2011

Foggy Photos

Snow is in the forecast for tonight! I hope so. I enjoy all kinds of weather; even fog. This is our backyard. I love the diffused sunlight.

These two photos are at the front of our propert.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Beach sunset

I took this photo at a local beach a couple of nights ago. There was a pair of swans who took off when I interrupted their idyl.

Sunset on a different night, different beach

Monday, January 17, 2011


Today we have rain in the forecast; not snow. Being on the coast we sometimes get bay-effect snow/flurries so maybe we will get a surprise.

In any case, I like when it rains. Rain is soothing to listen to, and nice to watch. And even to get out into and photograph! I have many of these kinds of photos, raindrops on pineneedles. They never cease to fascinate me. And when the weather clears, I can take photos of reflections which is another thing I like to experiement with.

When I see raindrops I often wonder where they've been before--were they dinosaur pee? Were they part of Noah's flood? Were they tears shed due to a broken heart? Perspiration on a working man's brow? If only raindrops could talk!

Friday, January 14, 2011

I like little things...

I liked the shadow from this leaf, and the contrast of the brown against white.

In the second photo of the dried grass, it reminds me of a ribbon, and, again, I dig the shadows.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Wishing For a Snow Day

There's something about snow that brings out the kid in many of us--when it snows, it covers everything with a soft, white blanket. Playing in the snow with friends and then coming in to hot cocoa and to warm up before going out again is a fond memory that I have. Sometimes school is closed, making the occasion even more exciting. Rules are often suspended and mothers don't mind the snow that gets tracked in. We get to make and eat snow cream, a rare treat. Even weeds are transormed into lovely snow-flowers--everything looks lovlier, magical. Snow is something so simple but is simply wonderful and brings out the kid in so many of us...
Snow-covered weeds.

I recently read a review for Wishing For a Snow Day in our local weekly newspaper. I enjoyed reading the review as much as I am sure I will enjoy the book. This is a book that all ages will enjoy reading. The link provided is not from our newspaper but it is the same review. If you love snow, and snow stories, you can read the review here: Wishing For a Snow Day

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Gwynn's Island in winter

So what do these photos have to do with snow? The dramatic clouds in the photos sent a brief storm our way; parts south and north of us got the best (or worst, depending on your view) of it.

These photos were taken on Gwynn's Island, a real inhabited island on the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia. I am lucky enough that it is only about 5 minutes from my home! I love the reflections on the water

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Williamsburg snow

This was taken on January 8, 2011, just off of the Colonial Parkway.

(photos taken with a cell phone camera)

Looks like a painting! Colonial Parkway, Jan. 8, 2011.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Colonial Parkway snow photo

I took this photo just off of the Colonial Parkway; the York River and Coleman Bridge are in the background.

I wish that sign wasn't in view...

(Photo was taken with a cell phone camera)

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Clothesline blues

My neighbors aren't amused that I compost and use a solar clothes dryer.  One even offered to let me use her dryer but I told her that our dryer works just fine--that I prefer hanging clothes outside on the clothesline. Trashy is as trashy does I suppose. :)

Castle in the snow

They say a man's home is his castle and this under-construction home reminded me of a castle.

Photo taken Christmas Day 2010

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Thawing snow

The snow is thawing; it's already 50 degrees here on New Year's Day. Even though the snow is leaving, it isn't finished surprising us!

This reminds me of how fragile hearts can be, they can melt...

The garden in winter

My four raised garden beds. The garden isn't dead; it's only sleeping. I love how the blanket of snow resembles crisp white sheets and the beds have newel posts!

The mound in the foreground is compost. I also use the 3-bin system, in the background.
Everything will spring to life soon...snow peas and garden pea planting is in March!