Mt. Rainier and Lenticular Clouds - Dec. 2008 copyright: JMM

January 13, 2017

Ice Ice Baby!

This icicle must've broken off the mailbox but was still precariously attached at the bottom, to a piece of snow.

Where it attached to the snow

This really fascinated me.

I'm very happy to report that almost all that snow is gone thanks to 2 days of temps in the low 50s and rain. 

January 11, 2017

Turkeys in the Trees

I took Sagan out in the late afternoon, the day after the snowstorm, and noticed how pretty the moon was so I had to get a snappy.

I was just sort of scanning the sky and trees, killing time till the sunset, when I noticed these huge lumps at the tops of the trees at the end of the street.  While I have heard that turkeys roost in trees at night, I've never actually seen it.  

These are some pretty big birds....the flock that roams around my neighbourhood. 

I walked back to the house and then decided to glance up into the trees behind my house.  Shocked to see them in the trees there too and I have to admit, it was a little weird and disconcerting for some reason.  They are just sooooo big.

Still killing time waiting for the sunset.

I know I posted this last year but I keep trying to get a shot that looks like this.  Unfortunately I think this is a drawing or painting and not a real photo.  I also realized that this is probably sunrise, not sunset.  I just can't get the snow and trees to look more blue at sunset.  

But it still looks pretty anyway.

I loved the rainbow reflections too.

Hopefully by the time this publishes, a lot of the snow will be washed away.

January 9, 2017

Holy Crap on a Cracker!

Well we had our first real snowstorm of 2017.  Blizzard really.  It hit Cape Cod worse than any other part of Massachusetts.  

I took this Saturday night (Jan 7) as the storm was well underway.  I tried to keep the deck outside the door, step and path to the generator cleared throughout the day and night.  At least the snow is light and fluffy.  There was a little wind but not much, so the power stayed on.  The generator was ready though, just in case.

Woke up to sunny, clear skies and really cold temps.....and 24" of snow.  Eek.

Russell had backed his truck way up on the grass in case the generator needed to be jumpstarted.  At least he has four wheel drive.  He was able to power right through and get down the driveway.

I pooped out trying to clean off the car!  I've learned to flip the wiper blades to the up position for storms.  

I will admit that fresh, pristine snow is lovely, especially when the sun is coming up.

The roads were already plowed.

We have an awesome and reliable plow guy who showed up right after I took these pictures.  I can now get out of the driveway no problem.  Russell moved the vehicles out to the road so that the snow could be pushed up all the way.

That is one big plow pile.

The snow is defying gravity on top of the hand truck.

The forecast for the rest of this week calls for rain and temps in the 40s and 50s, so this should be mostly gone, thankfully.  I can handle snowstorms as long as we get a meltdown after a few days.  It's just that in 2015, it literally never stopped snowing for a month!  That was a bit much to handle but this is enjoyable when I don't have to be anywhere!