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January 2016-The Changing Seasons V1

Old man winter stopped by this weekend. Thankfully, we only got a little over a foot of snow in this part of Virginia instead of the anticipated two feet. I know other places north of here got much more than expected.

After lots of shoveling, I was glad to see sidewalk concrete and driveway pavement peeping through the snow. The trees in my backyard were dressed in winter white and I worried about how the birds and wildlife would find something to eat. I even made a makeshift bird feeder and put some cereal out for the birds.

While I haven’t seen any birds at the feeder, I have been amazed at the huge flock of robins that have been flying from tree to tree in search of food and then rest on the snowy branches. Some of the house sparrows have joined in as well. I even saw woodpeckers but I wasn’t able to catch a good photo of them before they flew away.

I am going to place my winter gallery into Cardinal’s Monthly Changing Seasons event as a Version 1 entry. I previously made a January Version 2 post which you can see here. I was planning to stick with Version 2 only, but decided to add these photos too. That’s a good thing about the Changing Seasons challenge-there are lots of formats to choose from!

Hope you are having a good winter, wherever you are!

Winter Dread (One Word Photo Challenge-Winter)

Winter View

Winter View

Winter Dread

Because of dreaded winter
I can’t enjoy fall

Because of dreaded winter
Fall is no fun at all

I dread the temperature so low
I dread the way wind will blow

I dread the cold and ice and snow
I dread the fear my car won’t go

Because of dreaded winter
Fall colors fade away

Because of dreaded winter
Blue skies turn to grey.

*posted for JNW’s One Word Photo Challenge-Winter

In full disclosure, I really do appreciate the beauty of fall! But, I really do start to worry about the winter weather! How do you feel about fall and winter?

Country Market-The Changing Seasons 03

Snow cover and icicles reflect the seasonal changes at the Country Market. Winter weather abounds!

I am not a fan of snow because of the driving challenges. But, I was pleased to have a chance to capture the beauty of fallen snow last week for the Changing Seasons photo challenge. We experience all four seasons here and I would have been disappointed had there been no snowy scenes to photograph.

This is my third installment for Cardinal Guzman’s Monthly Photo Challenge. We are to post 5-20 pictures each month at a nearby location to showcase the changing of seasons and hone our photography skills. You should check out his photos and the links that he posts to other entries you may also enjoy viewing. You can see my previous galleries by clicking on the Changing Seasons header at the top of this page.

Now that winter has had it’s say, with limited lingering snow, I am looking forward to the arrival of Spring! We spring our clocks forward this weekend for Daylight Savings Time and I love the extended light of day!

Snow Days

I must admit that I am not a big fan of snow. But, I do appreciate the beauty of the falling snow. Viewing the pristine, white snow covering the landscape is not a sight to be taken for granted.

I shoveled my sidewalks and driveway twice today and now they are covered again! I guess that’s winter for you.

I haven’t heard the welcome growl of a snow plow yet, but the city did a fast job of clearing the main roads when it snowed earlier this week. the secondary neighborhood roads were addressed later. Right now, it is a slippery mess.

With warmer temperatures and rain on the way tomorrow, I look forward to the washing away of winter and the march toward spring!

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