Monday, January 14, 2013

Digging Out

On saturday,January 12 we had a good old fashioned winter blizzard. Actually it started overnight from Friday to Saturday. It wasn't that so much snow fell but as is often the case in Manitoba,we had wind and lots of it. The wind can take whatever loose snow there is and whip it into some fair sized drifts.


I am standing on my yard and looking south-west across the street.You can see that the wind was strong and it was cold as well.


This is what my house looked like.It too,had snow caked on it. Even the windows have snow decorations on them.


I thought the railing around the deck looked quite pretty all caked with snow.


Here Steve is working to make a cut through the drift across the driveway.
He only opened it partway and then left the rest for a front-end loader to finish.
There are all kinds of reflections on this picture,that is because it is taken through my living room window.I stayed much warmer that way.


I tried to capture the blowing snow as well as the patterns left in the snowdrift.I hope you can see this in the picture.

By now everything is back to normal.Streets have been plowed and driveways opened and we are back  doing what we normally would do. Yes,it is still very cold,but that is what we expect in January.
Before long the temperatures will improve and we will be over the worst,or so we think.

I have to say that I enjoy a good storm as long as no one gets hurt. I also enjoy the change of seasons.I really don't mind winter,even with the cold and snow.Having said that I don't mind winter,I still look forward to the arrival of spring. I guess we always have something to look forward to,even if it is only the change in the weather.

34 comments:

  1. your photos captured the cold wind well. i remember those days from wisconsin. brrrr....

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  2. I have never seen nor been in a blizzard. I cannot imagine being out in it --with those winds blowing the snow around... Woooooo... Scary!!!

    We do have freezing rain tonight --so I'm not sure what I'll find in the morning...

    Great pictures.. Be careful when you have to be out and about in that weather.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  3. You definitely got more than enough snow as far as I'm concerned. Manitoba obviously knows how to handle snow a lot better than Tennessee does. I like your photo of the snow drift with the wind pattern.

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  4. Yup, those are the kinds of winters of the 50s & 60s in the Winnipeg area. So glad our Canadian cities know how to cope with snow. This year probably the whole winter snow removal budget has been spent and then some!
    You got some great photos Ruth - as I knew you would! Looking forward to spring here as well - it snowed all day and driving to Leduc was no fun!

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  5. You had quite a blizzard there. So glad that Steve's around to help you, especially when there's that much snow in the driveway. Nice captures, Ruth. Diane

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  6. brrrrrrrrrrrr!

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  7. Yup, looks a lot like Montana winter storms - nice set of photos!

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  8. I LOVE the snow on the railing, and this enormous drift!!!

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  9. That sure is a fair bit of snow. You're wise to snap some of it through the window. I love the second and third shots best, though.

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  10. I'm glad we don't often get the wind during the winter, although we're having a storm of a different sort here. It's warmed up above freezing, about 38F, and today has seen rain and snow. It's glazed the roads quite nicely, as always happens when we get warm weather like this. We'll be back to well below zero in a few days though.

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  11. Great photos and I can almost feel the wind, the wet and the cold, as I sit here barefoot in short sleeves and capri style pants. :-) It is supposed to be up around 80 again today. I do wish/hope we get some chilly temps before winter is all over. I've been in snowy winter weather but not in many, many years.

    Have a great week ~ FlowerLady

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  12. I love the picture of the drift. So pretty what the wind can do. I also love the pictures of the caked on snow frosting your home! Stay warm and enjoy. We were unseasonably warm yesterday, due for snow tomorrow!

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  13. I always say that without the cold and snow and dreariness, the spring would not be half as much of a magical thing to anticipate. Glad you all are dug out from under all that now Ruth.

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  14. Oh, Ruth, it does look cold. Bless Steve's heart for digging you out. You captured the feel of the blizzard very well in your photos. The one of the fence is especially nice, with just enough of the wood showing to add a little color. Very pretty. Glad you were able to stay safe and warm inside.

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  15. Brrrrrrr, I'm cold just looking at your photos. I do love the calm after a good old fashioned snow storm. Stay warm my friend!!

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  16. it is truly beautiful to see, and I only want to see it in pictures...it makes pretty decorations and i like the part about being warm inside while shooting pics...

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  17. oh ruth, i love a good storm as well!! i prefer they come during the day....the sky darkens and i get to watch the entire process. i adore watching the snow fall and the birds chattering around the feeders!!

    it's just beautiful, it makes me smile inside!!

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  18. Beautiful snow pictures! I'd like about 6 inches for one or two days and then I would want it go go away and not be messy :)
    Glad you are back to normal!

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  19. Hi Ruth, Wow, I love these photos! And in your commentary, that last paragraph ... I couldn't agree more. Sometimes, when it is cold here in Seattle, I wish for a warmer place, but I would never give up my four seasons. And, if nothing else, winter gives us more appreciation for the other seasons. But like you, I love winter as well. Just a great post here. Thank you for sharing. John

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  20. Yikes, that is a lot of snow. I guess as long as you don't have to be out in it, it's something to behold. It certainly makes for some beautiful photos!

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  21. Oh, my goodness! I thought our eight inch snow was bad.

    Stay warm and safe.

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  22. Very blustery looking! I'm glad you have someone to blow the snow away for you. Brrrrrrr. I'm tired of winter already and it is hardly begun.

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  23. Glad you had someone to dig you out and that you didn't lose your electricity. That's when it get a bit more challenging.

    We had a really bad blizzard back when our kids were young. The neighbors couldn't get home, so my husband had to walk through almost waist high snow through the woods to our neighbors to bring their kids to stay with us. People with snowmobiles were making food runs for the essentials. It made for some wonderful memories, but was quite dangerous at the time.

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  24. I feel about the same way as you do...a winter snow storm, or two, can be sort of fun, but I am counting the days until spring!

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  25. Funnily enough, I also like a good snowstorm. The part of winter I don't like is walking on icy streets and paths.

    I'm glad you had help cleaning out your driveway.

    I like all four seasons too. There's beauty in all of them,and I enjoy the seasons moving from warm to cold and back again.

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  26. Ruth, Brrrr, cold! I remember digging out of a few of them! Have done it here too.
    It's three degrees here today. Has been slightly below 0 for the past few days!

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  27. Your pictures captured the cold so well. I'm cold just looking at them. : )

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  28. That looks cold. I actually don't mind using a snow blower. If you happen to blow it the wrong way however, you will get covered with snow and that is not a lot of run.

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  29. So glad you are safe. The wind can make these snow storms into something to be feared. What a blessing to be warm and dry. Yes, it is fun to look forward to warmer days!

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  30. We've had so little snow this year. I've only had to have the driveway plowed once so far.

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  31. dear ruth,

    brrr, it looks a lot like winter, but i love your winter shots!

    xx

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  32. that is a lot of snow!
    i always love your photos.

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  33. When I worked I didn't like the storms and snow. Now, that I can stay home and only venture out when the going is good ... it can storm and snow all it wants! Something exciting about a storm. We haven't had really cold weather yet ... may not even get real cold this year the way it has been going.

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