Sunday, February 24, 2008

Winter Beauty

Well, I don't have a thought in my head this morning and not much to say and the sun is out and the snow looks kind of pretty. Dianne wrote a nice piece about the coming of summer with a slide show to go with it, so I thought I'd counter with some winter pictures from various locations of my past 5 years here in upstate New York.

My first stop on my return to New York State was a short lived stay in a house with an exquisite view and a truly insane landlord in a tiny place called Lake Huntington.

After I quite literally fled Lake Huntington and "crazy Jim," the landlord, I ended up in a sweet little town called Narrowsburg.

Renting in upstate New York is not fun, at least it wasn't for me. Narrowsburg is a sweet little town, though, famous for it's nesting eagles. I was very isolated there, living in the back of a duplex the with only exit from the yard through a parking lot for the local art gallery. I actually had to have the yard plowed... an interesting story for another day. We had two big record breaking blizzards in a row when I lived there. Talk about snow! Just to give you an idea of how deep this snow was, that thing on the left was my car. I think we had over 20 inches of snow in two days.

For some reason I don't have many pictures from Callicoon. I know there are some but I can't find them, so I'll just skip to my current home and the views from my little house here in Hancock. The first picture is the view out my back door. The picture on the right (with the hideous curtains and before I got my new windows) is the snow curling off my roof. Mostly it comes off bit by bit or in big scary landslides. I thought this big long curl was pretty amazing. The last photo was the view from my desk taken on New Year's morning this year.

That's it for my tribute to winter. I think I need to learn how to do slide shows, especially since the preview feature doesn't actually show you what's going to come up when you post. My apologies for the haphazard look of this post. I just can't make it any better without losing what's left of my mind. I know these aren't great photos but I thought it might be fun to see some snow, especially for some of you desert folks. I'm still REALLY looking forward to Spring.


Dianne said...

that curl of snow is amazing. like a snow awning only scary.

I love all the photos and really love the 2 where a little bit of color pops up.

the one where you can see the yellow of the road sign and the one where you can see that the sun is coloring the side of a building.

I had to look twice to find your car!! is where I do my slideshows. You can then one click (kinda) post them to blogger. took a bit of trial and error and I still can't figure out how to use text within a slideshow post (hence they're always 2 parts) but I'm learning.

please feel free to e-mail me anytime if you think I can help or just to complain about how ridiculous some of the techie stuff is.

Linda Murphy said...

I love looking at snow and I love the pictures! The snow curl is my favorite. Upstate NY can be really beautiful and dangerous in the winter.

As a desert type, I don't miss living in the snow....until it turns 110 degrees. Then, maybe.

Raven said...

dianne, snoopmurph - that snow awning was pretty amazing. I have a great deal of angst over my roof snow. It actually seems safer to me when it curls down slowly like that. Last year when it was so bitterly cold, it froze to the roof and then came down in a huge really scary avalanche which made a mountain in front of my front door. My intrepid mail lady nobly climbed over it at some risk to her well being. I personally like what I think of as "tasteful" snow... enough to make the trees lacy but not enough to block anything off or make cars skid. Alas, Mother Nature seems to favor the more dramatic kind of snow. At least today it's melting.

I'm very lucky here that I have really kind neighbors who have shoveled my snow since I arrived, unasked and unpaid. Pretty nice.

Raven said...

oh dianne - I forgot.. thanks for the link. I'll check it out. I like those little spots of color too. Did you know you can click on the pics and see them bigger? Some of them, anyway...

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