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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: More Snow and the Thaw

We received several more inches of snow last week, heaviest in the part of the state where I live. It was the kind that sticks to the trees and makes everything look beautiful. Even though we got at least six inches of snow on Thursday, I was out and about and enjoying the view (also, I had to go to work). I'm glad my car drives well in this weather.

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The mound of snow that I've had on my patio since the beginning of February is still holding its ground. On Saturday, Joshua was climbing it. That fence is about 6 feet tall and Josh is 45 inches, so it's a good 2+ feet tall.

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Yesterday, there were still snow mounds at least 10 feet tall at the hockey rink where I play, but the thaw is coming. Since Saturday, we've had temperatures in the 40s Fahrenheit gradually increasing to today's temperature in the 60s, as well as some rain last night. Needless to say, there is a lot of melting going on. Fields are turning into ponds, and the ground is just a muddy mess. Better than the roads, though -- pothole central!

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What a difference six days makes.

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I may be a cold weather fan, but there is one thing I am definitely loving this week: daylight savings time. Hooray for extra sunshine! And 60 degrees feels pretty good. I'm going to enjoy this before the pollen comes.

Linking up with Ruchira for Wordless Wednesday

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Winter at the Zoo

On Saturday, I made a solo trip to the zoo, with only my camera, to get some photos of the animals in the Winter. I heard the snow leopards and red pandas were more active in the cold weather, but they were feeling sleepy when I saw them. The buffalo offered a fun surprise, however.

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Love birds in the barn
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One of our zoo's gorgeous snow leopards, enjoying the sun
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Up close and personal
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Feed us!
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Here comes trouble
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Keeping warm inside the tropics exhibit
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I shall taunt you some more!
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The camels seemed to enjoy the snow
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As did these red-crowned cranes, who I would think would be too cold
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Cuteness overload
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The bald eagles seemed quite comfortable
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It was nap time for the red wolf... until he heard my camera click.
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The wetlands trail was a little more like the snow and ice trail
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Tracks on the pond
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Free entertainment
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Polar bear snow sculpture
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Snow fort!
I've never seen the buffalo so active at our zoo!

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Let It Snow

I realize it's no longer Wednesday, but my internet was down last night. I was pretty sure it was a sign for me to get some sleep, so I did. Here's my week in photos, a little late.

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We had some pretty large snowflakes last Saturday. When we got home from the store, I noticed how easy it was to see their details, so I grabbed my camera and went out to take a few shots. I love this one, but wish I could have gotten it a bit clearer. Still, it was a good find.
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We finally got to go sledding! Here's the view from the top of our sledding hill.
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Climbing back up that hill is hard work!
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Our quaint little town
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We have a lot of snow in RI, but MA really won the snow lottery. I took this on my way to hockey on Tuesday night. We had just gotten some more snow on Monday.
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I love the white stuff. It makes for some pretty scenery.
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More snow coming on Saturday, but you won't find me complaining. Well, maybe I would if I lived in MA and already had 79 inches of it. And I also don't have much to shovel, so that's a bonus.
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It will be cold, though. If you need me, I'll be joining Josh's owls for a nice cup of hot tea, ;)
Linking up with Ruchira for Wordless Wednesday

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Winter Wonderland

In my last post on this blog (a link-up called "Currently"), I was lamenting the lack of snow this winter. Well, apparently the Great Maker of Snow got the message, because we've had plenty of it since! First a blizzard, and then a couple of smaller storms. Woo hoo! Unfortunately, there's also been an abundance of germs around this home, so the little man and I haven't been able to go play out in it much. Our fingers are crossed that the most recent ailment (stomach virus) will be gone this weekend, so we can finally go sledding!

That said, I haven't been out much. There's been a lot of working from home. (It's a good thing I like this place.) When I did get out, it was to take a road trip to Long Island to see the Bruins play the Islanders with my friend, to build a snowman (and make a couple hundred snowballs) with Josh, and to watch the birds hanging out around my neighbors' feeders. Well, I guess that last one is also an inside activity. I made it to Zumba a couple of times, too, including the pre-Superbowl workout that I didn't really need because the aforementioned stomach virus kept me from eating too much. Go Pats!

Here are some of the images from the past couple of weeks.

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During the blizzard

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Digging out

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Joshua and Nana made an igloo while I was working one day

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View of NYC from the Whitestone bridge

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Serious snowball making

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Peaceful trees, happy birds

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This was my favorite bird. And I'm hoping for a bonus at work this year so I can get a better lens for my camera. I can't set the aperture low enough when I zoom, to get a nice blurred background. Camera / First World probs.

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Our snowman, Snowbi Wan Kanobi

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