Friday, February 24, 2012

"Kindness Is Like Snow...."

Catherine called yesterday to say that we had 100% chance of snow with up to a possibility of 7 inches starting around midnight.  We were both so excited, the thought of a good snowfall is a photographer's dream, especially when there has been so little this winter.  Plans were made, fingers were crossed, and the excitement of the possibilities ahead kept me from even sleeping well.  I kept getting up to look outside waiting, waiting for the snow to begin falling.  I finally began to see the white stuff about 12:30 AM.  I wasn't satisfied with knowing that it had started, I wanted it to continue til morning, like I had any control over it HA!!  After a restless night, I got up before 7:00 AM, looked out the window and was blown over by the absolute beauty.  Not only had it snowed about 4 inches, but it was that heavy wet snow that clings to everything turning the world into a winter-wonderland.  We call that "heart attack" snow because it is sooo heavy, but it shor do make things look mighty purty!!  Up, shower, dress & pick up Catherine and away we go, heading to the country to find us some red barns to photograph in the snow.  We were not disappointed, we found red barns, grey barns, wagons, horses, & enough snow to make our hearts go pitter patter.

Today is usually my Five Senses Friday post....but today all of my senses were filled with the sheer wonder of our snowfall.  To see it, to touch it, to hear the sounds of snow shovels scrapping, remembering the taste of it as a child when my Mom made us snow ice-cream, and smelling the freshness of the air after the snow has cleansed it.  My senses were completely  filled with the magic of snow.   With it's touch it makes the old barns beautiful, the unplanted fields covered in a white blanket of wonder, and the dead branches on the trees glisten like they are draped in diamonds.  Totally, beautifully magical.








We came across this dog trying unsuccessfully to catch the squirrel in the tree above....he would go from tree to tree looking for that darn squirrel.







We came upon a dairy farm in our wanderings but what attracted us was not the cows, they were actually fairly difficult to see because they were clumped close together and they were either black or dark brown.  What attracted us was the vast amount of birds that were flying on the roofs, the road, and the fences.  Everywhere you looked there were birds, mostly starlings with a few pigeons mixed in.  They must have been attracted to the feed....



Almost reminds me of that Alfred Hitchcock movie, "The Birds" which I just happened to watch last weekend.


That was just a few of the 300 + shots I took today.  I said we were excited.....

"Kindness is like snow - it beautifies everything it covers" ~ Anonymous













Until next time.....

23 comments:

  1. Oh, WOW! Just... WOW!

    These photos are brilliant. I've never seen even an inch of snow before. At least when you take 300+ pictures, you're looking at a Winter Wonderland. In the (very distant) past, whenever I've taken that many photos of our "snow" it's with green grass towering over it. Lol! Pathetic, I know.

    Words can't express how gorgeous these pictures are. I bet it was freezing, but it sure is a beautiful sight! I'm so glad you shared the beauty of your neck of the woods with all of us here in Bloggerdom. I've always loved seeing Winter - and Fall - photographs.

    Kristin

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  2. i love it. the snow & red barns ... wow... just gorgeous!! thank you for sharing. i sure hope you had on a warm coat. looks so cold. hope you had a cup of coffee or something warm to drink after all these great photos. (:

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  3. That barn is amazing! Such great color in your pics, makes me feel i'm on the farm. Beautiful job!

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  4. Oh my, this is the only reason I will miss that snow - these are truly magical! That red just pops in the snow, love the one of the horse, but that last one of the birds is just awesome!!

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  5. IHANIA kuvia!!

    Kyllä silmä lepää näissä!

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  6. I'm so happy for you, Deanna! Snow really changes the landscape and opens up so many photography opportunities. Wonderful rural captures and I'm so glad you joined us at Rural Thursdays. Thank you dear and have a lovely weekend. :)

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  7. These are wonderful pictures! I love the first barn shot, and also the pic of your dog! So glad you joined in on Rural Thursdays!

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  8. Gorgeous shots! We got about 15 cm overnight too! Yay! I'm going out as soon as it gets light! I must say out of all your amazing photos, I find the dog quite compelling - there's just something about it . . .

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  9. OH... MY... GOODNESS!! WOW!
    I love this series of shots. I find myself wishing I could experience the beauty of snow in the country. I love those red barns and the contrast of the white snow. I love the dog playing in the snow. I LOVE the wagon covered in snow! It certainly is a winter wonderland!! Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Oh my, these are all so beautiful!! I love the shots of that faded red barn and of the dog too. We have a few flakes trickling down right now, but I'm hoping there's not going to be much more than that.

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  11. Oh Deanna...these are just MARVELOUS!!!!!!! Your photography gets better and better all the time. I am soooo jealous you got this beautiful snow. Somehow it is just not making it east ward to PA.

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  12. What a fun day it looks like you had! I'm glad I'm not the only one who can't fall asleep because I'm too busy imagining all the things I will be able to take pictures of the next day. I think the picture with the cows and birds is my favorite. It's been a lot of fun to see what other bloggers share during the challenge. Keep doing what you love!

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  13. What a beautiful series of pictures! That snow really does have a way of making for magical pictures.

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  14. wow! wow! wow! i am so envious! and the icicles in the first photo appear to have been fighting the wind. snow ice cream...i remember that fondly and loved it...what a treat : ) thank you for sharing these lovely photos, i hope you are enjoying some warm beverages after braving the cold this morning.

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  15. What beautiful photographs these are Deanna!
    I especially love the barn and the cart. Just wonderful.
    We got about 4 inches of snow last night also, but along with it came some very strong winds.
    50 mph gusts all afternoon today, so not good for my camera. Or for me!!!

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  16. Sounds like a glorious day!! We haven't had much snow is Oklahoma this year. What a beautiful series of photos! I especially love the one where the branch is focused with the red barn in the background :)

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  17. Love love love these images! There is nothing like a good ol' Midwestern Winter snow to make the world so beautiful. You captured it beautifully!

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  18. I LOVE the red barn with the snow. Perfect!

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  19. How fantastic, Deanna! I'm so glad I'm not the only one to get excited like this and take 300+ photos :-))

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  20. Deanna, these shots are amazing! I was truly inspired by this post and I have linked to this in my blog :) That quote just hit me! Thank you!

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  21. Oh wowie! Such beauty in all of the photo's! I love everyone of them and such a treat to see them as I'm in the South and we won't get any snow at all. I grew up in the Midwest and after I moved South I remember watching a TV and they had snow and I got a big gulp in my throat, so I must have been homesick for snow! Not so much anymore, but it is still so beautiful! Thank you for showing us these amazing beauties!

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  22. You have captured this snowfall beautifully! They are all so spectacular it's hard to pick a favorite. I'm really loving the muted red bard, particularly in the shot where it's blurry and the branch is in focus. Great use of DOF. Thanks so much for linking your gorgeous photos to our Poetic Winter Challenge!

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  23. Beautiful beautiful! I am loving the red barn against the pure white snow, and those birds in the last photo!

    Thanks so much for taking part in the Poetic Winter Photography Challenge!

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