Sunday, December 16, 2007

Winter Wonderland

7am Sunday morning I was out driving my son to work. By 9:30am we were blanketed under a deluge of snow. Now it's not as if it was unexpected for the weatherman had been warning us for a week now to plan to stay indoors on Sunday. Now who can stay in and chance missing some of God's handiwork? Looking out the window, all I could see through the curtain of falling snowflakes was this blanket of snow which covered the entire neighborhood. With three or for neighbors pushing snow blowers, a couple of cars spinning tires in a desperate attempt to flee the neighborhood and a few others with shovels in hand, it became very apparent that I had a long day of shoveling ahead of me.

Before I went out with my shovel, I headed out with my camera. I was hoping to snap a photo of this young boy, no older than 4 trying to mount and ride his bike in the blizzard. It was a valiant attempt which ended suddenly and therefore deprived me of the photo of the day. C'est la vie! By 10am, I was out trying out my new red shovel that I bought from the local grocery store. Who would have thought that the best ones were there and not at the local Home Depot!

Two and a half hours later I was shoveled out and ready to head to my favorite park for a photo shoot of nature. The roads were horrific, the plows scarce and fortunately the cars few. The major roadways had yet to be touched and the parking lots were even in a worse condition. Slipping and sliding through the city and past the local mall, the reason for the scarcity of automobile became apparent as the mall parking lot was as filled as if it were a beautiful day out. I suppose that even snow blizzards can't discourage the ardent shopper to stay away.

By the time I had almost reached my destination of the park of my photo shoot, I became worried about becoming stuck in the mountainous drifts of snow that would have squalled amongst the trees... But I was wrong! The park had been plowed... Yeh to the Parks and Recreation Commission! Imagine that! The park gets plowed before the streets! Who would have thought!

I couldn't stay too long because I had to pick up my son from work within the hours but never-the-less it was well worth the trek across town.

Here are a few of the photos I took though I don't think that they do the scenes justice. There is nothing that can top viewing it with the naked eye! Click on the photos if you want to see a larger version.



















17 comments:

Cheryl said...

Thanks for sharing your winter wonderland. We haven't seen much snow yet, but it seems a lot of people have. I especially loved the picture with the red shovel. Beautiful contrast. Stay warm, and be safe with all that shoveling and driving.

abbagirl74 said...

The snow on the park bench and picnic tables look like dollups of white frosting. Loved the pictures - thanks for sharing with us!

Monika said...

Beautiful pictures! I showed Sam your new shovel and he turned green with envy! ;o)

Wanda said...

Dave, thanks for stopping by my blog. I have enjoyed reading your post today, and will be back to visit. What a beautiful Winter Wonderland...Don't have that where I live here in Central Calif.
Hope you make some candy :)

Janice Thomson said...

Gorgeous photos Dave - the pagoda is beautiful with the touches of red amid all the snow. Truly a winter wonderland. If you'd like some rain I'd be happy to share.... :)

Becky Wolfe said...

Gorgeous photos. What a great idea with the red shovel. Hmmm, inspiring!

We're in a bit of a melt here in southern BC. Still white but drip, drip, dripping all day long. Hopefully giving me a day or two to head to town for some final Christmas shopping.

Haven't taken any new photos in a while so I thoroughly enjoyed & felt inspired by yours!

Jazz said...

I really like the one of the shovel against the tree. The contrast is beautiful.

Dave said...

Thanks Cheryl... The driving is certainly dangerous and the shovelling certainly backbreaking but I am warm and that's the main thing! :-)

Thanks Abbagirl... The entire park was dollupped! It was certainly a beautiful sight.

Hi Monika... Thanks! I figured he would have turned "red" with envy! ;-)

Hi Wanda! Thanks for stopping by. Central California... Now there's a place I would like to spend a Christmas! Not a white one though... but a warm one. :-) Take care!

Hi Janice!...Thaks for the heads up... I never even noticed the red until you mentioned it. You have quite an eye for color.

Hi becky!... Good to see you back! I am glad you liked the shovel pic... It turned out better than I thought it would.

Hi Jazz!... Thanks Jazz! It's amazing what a shovel can do to a photo! :-)

Middle Ditch said...

You are so lucky! Snow is a rarety here in the south of England

HeiressChild said...

beautiful sceneries Dave! some of the best spur-of-the sales are during the snow storms, at least here they are. i have an orange shovel.

beachgirl said...

Beautiful pictures.
Enjoy all your snow.

pissed off patricia said...

Those pictures caused me to have to put on a sweatshirt to stay warm ;)

I lived in NY for one winter and that was enough for me. It's beautiful to look at but I wouldn't want to live in it again.

mago said...

Nice shovel. :)

enigma4ever said...

this is wonderful...and I love the shovel by the tree...thank you for sharing...

David Kim said...

The snow looks beautiful, but I'm glad I'm in L.A. where it never snows. I like to play in snow, but I would hate to dig my car out of it.

heartinsanfrancisco said...

Beautiful pics, Dave. I remember snow. I knew it well most of my life in many different states, and now I get excited when I see photos like yours.

Cathrine said...

how lucky you are ;-)
here in southern Norway we have yet to see snow this winter
thank you for the comments at my blog
cathrine