IN THE FIELD: New View From The Deck

Where have I been the last few days you ask?

Well…we had a late October snowstorm blow through here this past weekend and it dumped 10+ inches of heavy wet snow on the area.

This storm was predicted to hit our area next, as it had already swept through the western part of the country. Trees and power lines are down everywhere. There has been no power or internet service since 2:00pm Saturday, and it is still out, and not expected to be restored for another three to five days. Last December we had a generator installed, so at least we have the basics… heat, water and electricity for the house. And at this moment, we are running on a feeble wifi connection.

Since we don’t normally receive significant amounts of snow for a month or two, it sure was surprising to see this much snow this early in the season.

The snow has since melted from the trees, and if it wasn’t for the blanket of white on the ground you would think it was a beautiful fall day!

  1. November 2, 2011 at 9:03 am

    Was wondering where you had gotten to. Hope you stay safe and warm and none you mind about getting on the internet. Take care of yourselves and great picture there!

    • November 2, 2011 at 9:23 am

      Thanks Teri…we are warm and safe although this is becoming an expensive snow storm. We are using more propane since the generator has been running since Saturday. Most of the snow is gone and there are downed trees everywhere. It looks more like a hurricane blew through rather than a snow storm. Believe it or not most of the trees still have their leaves so I will still have the opportunity to photograph them.

  2. November 2, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Great shot! Reminds me of my childhood days in Michigan. But that is the only thing I miss. πŸ™‚

    • November 2, 2011 at 9:29 am

      Thanks Bob, this was taken Sunday morning…Saturday was white out conditions. Still no power here and the generator is just humming along. I bet you miss the shoveling of the driveway!! After the storm cleared and the sun came out, the snow melted from the trees and it was a beautiful fall day. And still is! There is very little snow left and outside of the broken branches and downed trees everywhere one would think nothing happened.

  3. November 2, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Lovely photograph David β€” good you captured the snow on the trees before it disappeared! And you’re fortunate to have a generator to tide you over until the power is restored.

    • November 2, 2011 at 10:19 am

      Thanks Mufidah, the generator has been a lifesaver. I feel bad for our neighbors that do not have one…all the food they may have lost from their refrigerators because it is to warm now to put the food outside, not being able to be home etc. Were we live, we do not have city water so without power to work the well you have no water. Hopefully by this weekend we will have power.

  4. November 2, 2011 at 11:36 am

    It is beautiful, isn’t it! Too bad with all the challenges that often appear after heavy snow falls. Good to have you back! And a lovely shot indeed! Is that the view from your deck?

    • November 2, 2011 at 12:23 pm

      It sure is pretty and yes that is the view from our deck. Still no power yet and there were some challenges with this storm… it was a really wet heavy snowfall. Life goes on though…

  5. November 2, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    Pretty image! It’s good that you had back-up power but I hope you get your mains power back pretty soon.

    • November 3, 2011 at 9:35 am

      Thanks Meanderer, yes the generator has been a lifesaver although I am getting tired of hearing it running 24 hrs a day!

  6. tedgriffith
    November 2, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Great images, David. Hope things return to normal quickly. πŸ™‚

    • November 3, 2011 at 9:36 am

      Thanks Ted, we do too…it sure is pretty out there though.

  7. November 2, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    I am at my desk and I watch this beautiful photograph… but then I read your days… Oh my God! Snow storm… without power… heat, water,… I am so glad that you have generator. But these kind of snow storms, are they new in your usual climate events…? Made me to think of this. I am so glad to see you come back, I was wondering too! Be fine, be in safe and be in warm… I hope too everything return its normal way… Thank you dear David, with my love, nia

    • November 3, 2011 at 9:38 am

      We are hoping we will get power back today. There is a work order to fix whatever the problem is so we will see. Sometimes we may get a light dusting of snow…nothing you could measure…but this was really unusual.

      • November 4, 2011 at 4:19 pm

        I hope and wish not to happen again dear David, seasons go so strange… not as before. Makes me afraid always. Be in safe and in warms… With my love, nia

  8. November 2, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Pretty! I like the light covering of snow on the trees. Our surroundings looked like that yesterday morning.

    • November 3, 2011 at 9:40 am

      Thanks Fergiemoto, it sure was pretty…what part of the world are you from??

  9. November 3, 2011 at 12:17 am

    Glad to see that you were prepared!

    • November 3, 2011 at 9:42 am

      That’s the old Boy Scout training coming into play. Still no power yet…generator has been humming along since Saturday.

  10. Kristina
    November 3, 2011 at 3:22 am

    I think I heard about it on the news πŸ™‚ Such a beautiful snowy picture! πŸ˜€

    • November 3, 2011 at 9:44 am

      Yes it sure was pretty…like the snow palace in Chronicles of Narnia!

  11. November 3, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Great images!

  12. November 3, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    You got a lot more snow than we did here in my part of Maine. And I only lost power for a couple of hours Saturday night. What a beautiful image of the trees from your deck! It does indeed have a Narnian look about it.

  13. November 4, 2011 at 8:54 am

    Thanks Lee! We did get a bunch in such a short time that’s for sure. It’s all gone now but we are still on generator power. Maybe we will be back to normal this weekend.

  14. Steve
    November 4, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Ah winter, the cold white season! Love the look of the trees with the snow covering them. Calgary will get its share of snow soon; hopefully not really soon! Thanks for sharing, and stay warm!

  15. November 5, 2011 at 10:15 am

    Yup the cold season is coming. The snow is all gone but it was 28 degrees this morning.

  16. Nandini
    November 5, 2011 at 11:49 am

    This is very pretty scene. I like the little sunshine falling on the snow-covered branches. Wonderful nature… πŸ™‚

    • November 5, 2011 at 4:05 pm

      Yes it was a glorious morning…for just a few hours the trees were sparkling in the sunlight.

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