Saturday, December 28, 2013

Snow, Icicles, and So Long for Now

Winter can be tough for taking pictures. It seems as if it's not freezing cold, it's snowing. And if by chance it happens not to be either of those two, it might be either slushy or precipitating freezing rain. I did amble about in the freezing cold on Christmas Eve Day and managed to find lots of icicles that you can see in three of the first four photos. And a few days after Christmas, it was relatively mild — around -6°C/21°F — we went for a little walk uptown, and I found a few more things to shoot — as in the last three photos.

There is no commentary needed for this lot, but I will say that this will be my last post (I expect) for a few weeks. The plan is to head to the country for New Years and to stay for a week or so afterward. As my longtime blogging friends are aware, I can't post from there, or very seldom unless my BIL shows up with his portable wifi. Even if he does, we're usually too busy visiting to get around to blogging.

I do wish you all a joyous New Years Eve and Day and a fulfilling year all the way until this time next year . . . and beyond. It has been nice keeping up with the old guard and also finding a few new blog buddies in the last few months.








20 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

these are beautiful, ac! thanks for sharing the pretty winter with us. and do enjoy time in the country!!!

Jimmie Earl said...

Enjoy your time away. And thanks for becoming a blogging buddy this year. It's a joy to read what you write and see your wonderful pictures. Your photography gives me something to aspire to.
Joyful New Year. "See" you in 2014!
BTW, thank you for your card.

Tabor said...

These are all Christmas cards. Have a safe and fun trip.

troutbirder said...

What a gorgeous winter neighborhood. Have a great vacation break AC and I'll look forward to future post. We're doing a first ever snowbird outing to Florida. As I aged winter life here on the Minnesota tundra seems harder to take....:)

Gail Dixon said...

Enjoy your time in the country! Beautiful photos you've left us with until your return. Happy New Year to you!

Hilary said...

Beautiful neighbourhood and wonderful, sharp, colourful photos. Enjoy your time away. Happy New Year to you and yours.

Lorna said...

Have a wonderful time in the country and as you know, I wish nothing but the best for you all in the new year.

Mara said...

Some of those photos could be stills from a Christmas movie! Believe me, I have seen enough of them to know!

Have a great stay in the country and a fantastic change from old to new. Hope to see lots more photos and stories in 2014.

Regenia said...

Wonderful winter pictures! Let me wish you a safe and relaxing few weeks. Happy New Year.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Thanks, John, for the walk around and lovely photos of the snow and those beautiful homes. Wishing you and Sue, a wonderful getaway in the country and lots of shared good times to begin the new year. Thanks for your pithy comments during the past year AND for sharing your views, photos and lovely family photos throughout this past year. Sorry we were not able to meet when we visited Canada in Sept, but there's always another road trip...as you may have noticed, we do enjoy them.
Happy New Year to all!

Jackie said...

These are amazing photographs.
You have a wonderland of beauty that surrounds you in the wintertime.
Some people may take that for granted....but I wanted to let you know that I am spellbound with these photos!!
Beautiful!!!!

Ginnie said...

You will be missed AC. Your pictures don't make me want to come visit until summer !!

The Chicken's Consigliere said...

Happy New Year to you and yours, AC. Your Christmas photos were fun to see. I love a good multi-generational Christmas.

Gina said...

Hope you guys are having fun! I'm sure you are!

Kerry said...

How spectacular!! Wow. Those icicles and all of that snow, it's just gorgeous. We don't normally get a ton of snow here in western Oregon so it's fun to see it in your pics. Enjoy your time in the country!

KGMom said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR.
Your post title threw me, but then I read the whole entry.
Hope your time was sparkling! And warm.
Best to you in 2014.

Shammickite said...

Those are killer icicles! Great pictures. But I hate this c-c-c-cold weather.

Sue said...

Fabulous photos! Hope you have an enjoyable and relaxing break - and a very Happy New Year to you and all the family.

Pearl said...

ooh, the apples and berries are very dramatic.

Donna said...

Oh! The houses are Gorgeous! Love the icicles! And is the road really that close to the house?
hughugs