Seven Inches of Snow
Well, we did get a little bit of snow here in northwestern New Jersey with this latest storm, but certainly nowhere near the 1-3 feet that accumulated in places further east. We ended up with about 7 inches outside our home (although my measuring stick did go up to 30″ just in case…). The bulk of the snow came after 11pm at night. I had fun putting together a simple time-lapse that shows the snow amount at each hour from 9am Friday to 11pm (with one final shot at 8am Saturday morning…I did not get up in the middle of the night to click the shutter!). Hopefully the animated image below works for you…and maybe next time it will be more dramatic as the snow accumulates above the 30″ mark!
Christmas Eve Snow Shrimp
This past Christmas Eve, Heather’s Uncle Jakie braved a bit of Christmas snow to cook up some big barbecue shrimp. Thankfully, the shrimp were delicious and his efforts were not in vain.
Bright, sunny days after a big snowfall are the best, especially when there hasn’t been a bunch of wind to knock off the mounds of snow on top of everything. The sunshine also makes shoveling driveways and cleaning porches that much more enjoyable… On one such lovely, sunny afternoon about 10 years ago, my parents took a short break from tossing snow to have some fun. I of course had to get a cute “sitting-together-on-a-snowy-swing” shot.
Some of my most favorite photos are ones captured soon after sunrise when the low-angle, warm sunlight creates some excellent lighting on subjects. This photo of some crabapples with a bit of snow from an overnight snowfall is one example of how early morning light is great, and is definitely worth waking up for (and, in this case, putting on warm clothes and boots). Also, if I had not gotten out at sunrise, most of the snow on these crabapples would have likely melted away in the sunshine before I was able to photograph them.
Dune Grass on a Windy Day
If given a preference, I would much prefer to be on the beach on a sunny, hot summer day than a cloudy, stormy, cold summer day…but that doesn’t mean a day at the beach is entirely ruined. On this particular day this past summer down at the Jersey shore, it was pretty lousy out with strong winds, but Heather and I enjoyed a little walk on the beach and around the nearby dunes. I thought the dune grass was doing a pretty good job of showing how strong the winds were! Unfortunately, I’m pretty sure these grasses and the entire dune were wiped out by Sandy a few months after this photo.
Leggs on Christmas Day
Leggs likes the snow…kinda. He doesn’t go crazy in it and roll all over the place, but he also isn’t afraid of the white fluff. So we enjoyed tromping around the yard on Christmas morning through the light covering of snow. And as always, Leggs had no problem sitting and staring off into the distance for a photo-op…he probably thought he saw a squirrel or bird off in the woods…
Merry (White) Christmas!
It was a nice treat to arrive home after midnight following some Christmas Eve festivities and find a blanket of fresh-fallen snow. So have a very Merry White Christmas!!