A Bit of Snow for Valentine’s Day

We got 14-16″ of snow yesterday and early this morning. It’s very pretty, but it took me a half-hour of digging before I FOUND the mailbox.  I still have to dig it out so that the mail carrier can REACH it from their truck.  Later.  Maybe.  LOL.

Icy Winter Waterfalls

A few days ago we stopped by a local waterfall. It was surrounded by snow and frozen over in parts – just really beautiful!

Winter Waterfall Photo ©Kristen N. Fox, www.artoffoxvox.com

Winter Waterfall 2 Photo ©Kristen N. Fox, www.artoffoxvox.com

In the first image, I love the icicles of course, but also the deep midnight blue of the water and the brown rocks.  In the second image, I especially like the big gush of water with the frozen boulder contrasting in front of it.

The day I took these photos was one of the first recent days we’ve had where the temperatures were above freezing – this is how we celebrated – LOL!

(Prints are available – click the images.)

Close Call in a Windstorm

Late last night we had gusty windstorm. We had been in bed for about an hour when we heard a noise somewhere between a big clunk and metallic thunk against/near the side of the house at the head of the bed. I assumed it was the slightly loose metal vent pipe getting pushed around – I even told John that’s what I thought it was.

This morning I had the impulse to go check and see if the pipe should be tightened up somehow.

Turns out I was wrong. It wasn’t the pipe. A 40-50 foot tree, dead for years, just on the other side of the property line in our neighbor’s yard, got blown over, toward our house. On the side right by our bedroom window and bed, AND the house propane tank.

1. If the tree had been just a FEW feet taller, it would have crashed though our bedroom window right over our sleeping heads. The top branch bent over to the left like it was reaching for it. As it was, only the topmost small branches scratched against the side of the house, just BELOW our window.

2. The metallic sound I heard was the central trunk of the tree JUST BARELY smudging the very end point of the propane tank. (I could see the 3-inch smudge mark.)

3. A branch off the central trunk, by the looks of it, had been sawed off many years ago. Had it NOT been sawed off, it would have come right down ON the tank.

And yes – photos! The arrows point to the sawed off branch, the top branches laying near the foundation of the house, and tree roots off in the distance (the white at the bottom right of that photo is the propane tank, for reference.) The window in the top left photo is our bedroom window.

So – that happened! The tree was so dead and so dry/light that I’m not entire sure it would have done much damage to the propane tank itself, but it might have landed on the valves/connections on top.  BUT….. I’m not a propane tank expert. On the plus side, I’ve seen a number of propane tanks destroyed in various ways on Mythbusters, so I know they are pretty tough – LOL.

Mostly, I’m just crazy amazed at how exact that sawed off tree branch was, and the placement of the entire fallen tree itself had to be, in order for us to have no major damage as far as I can tell. (I was actually surprised that the tree didn’t go down in the last hurricane!)  And now we don’t have that dead tree to worry about anymore.

And…. whew! That was CLOSE!

Autumn Leaf Blizzard

A really windy day made for a terrific Blizzard of Autumn Leaves – caught on video! The hiss you hear is because of the wind, and when the closeup leaves slow down keep looking in the background for more leaves falling. (Sorry it’s not HD and it’s optimized a lot!)

I know, it’s not THAT exciting, and it was certainly a bit more amazing in person, but I hope you enjoyed this glimpse into Fall, especially those people who live in other climates/zones and don’t get a lot of leaf color!