Sunday, January 5, 2014

My Goal


The whole middle area of America has been hit by two very big snow storms in less than one week.  The first one gave us between 12 inches to 14 inches of snow.  With no time for it to melt, the weather report is predicting another 12 inches of snow to blanket the whole area.  One of my goals for the year 2014 is to brave the cold and snow to go out and take as many photographs as possible of the winter scenes.  The weather sure has cooperated but without a 4 wheel drive car it has proven to be a much tougher challenge.

Between the two storms frigid temperatures has set in. Then the sun came out and it turned the whole snow covered areas into a picturesque photographers dream !!!

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  1. I love snow ... from a safe distance, and preferably in a photo. :) This one is utterly gorgeous. I wonder if we'll get snow in Tokyo this winter. Well. I should say "snow" in quotation marks, since it's usually an inch or two, for a day or two. It's enough to disrupt the commuter trains, though, and that leads to jolly chaos. I hope we do get some ...

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    1. Freshly fallen snow is beautiful and I love it too. I always get so excited when it starts falling. Ah.. I remember "snow" in Tokyo usually just enough to cover the ground and only lasts a day or so. The best kind....

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  2. This is such a lovely photo! I love snow - skiing in it, hiking in it, whatever. Sadly it's been a dry fall/winter so far and our mountains are looking really bare.

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    1. Ah that is too bad. If I can ship all this snow from midwest to you I would....

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  3. This picture is beautiful .Hope you wont have another snow storm! Send some snow to Romania :)
    Have a good day!

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    1. Thank yo for stopping by...if I can I would love to send them to you.

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  4. Admire your effort to capture winter beauties.

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    1. Lina, Thank you so much for visiting today. I also give myself a pat on my back for going out in the cold.

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  5. Hi! Nice capture. Your photo is very beautiful. Wishing you to take many beautiful pictures in this year. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Minoru-san. Thank you so much for your kind words. I too am hoping for many more great photos this year.

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  6. Snow and bright sun always combine to make stark shadows! Happy New Year!

    Shadowy Mexican Dreams

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    1. Happy New Year to you too !!! please stop by again..

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  7. That is a stunning shot.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Have a Happy Blue Monday.

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    1. Sally !! Thank you so much for your kind words.. Happy Blue Monday !!

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  8. Your snow is gorgeous!! We here in Kansas are experiencing -10 today and all schools are closed. Hope I don't have to get out for anything today.
    Ann

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    1. Hi Ann, Thank you so much for visiting today. I hope you enjoyed my blog. Please stop by again...

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  9. Snow does creates some awesome sights, but I am glad we do not get it like this. That is such an interesting sight. Looks like a blue candle laying on the sidewalk.

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    1. LV Thank you so much for visiting my blog today. Until you pointed out the blue shadow looks like a candle I didn't see it, but with the reflection of sun at the top of the blue shadow it sure does resemble a candle. Great eye....

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  10. Love the picture! We never get snow!
    Beth ! Life on Devil's Hollow

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    1. You are so lucky that where you live does not snow. After this storm I want to move !!!

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  11. Gorgeous nature photo ~ looks like New England ~ Winter! ~ HBM ^_^

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    1. Thank you so much for visiting today... and winter is just beginning.

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  12. Linda Foto!!!
    Foi um grande nevão.
    Por aqui Portugal-- nunca neva tanto....
    Um Abraço

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words... please stop by again...

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  13. Blue-tiful! Love the sunburst.. an all around lovely composition.

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    1. Such kind words. Thank you, please stop by again.

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  14. Looks sooo cold,but just beautiful!! You must have been bundled up with your camera.
    I love to see winter's snow very much. However, many places in Japan are not ready for deep snow as you know. Still I am waiting for snow comes.
    Wish you a peace full and happy year 2014.

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    1. Tomoko-san, Oh so nice of you to sop by. I was wearing several layers of clothing and long down coat, only thing you could see was my camera and my eyes. Pretty comical sight.

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  15. Hi Noriko! Were there many people at the Arboretum? I'm afraid I just sat in the house and tried not to listen to the walls creak!
    Beautiful, and you caught the sun too :)
    Ceil

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  16. HI Ceil, When I took this photographs there were many people taking pictures from the car and at times I had to wait until they were done so that I can pass to go find a place to park. When I went yesterday in the snowstorm I only saw two people and the whole place was empty.

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  17. We have been hearing about your freezing cold temperatures and storms over here in summery Australia. Take care - evidenly with the wind chill -50 you can get frost bite in under 5 minutes! However, I do love seeing snowy pics this time of year - so thanks for going out to take some pics for us. Stay warm, have a great week, and thanks for stopping by my blog this week.

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    1. It is so brutally cold that for me to go out to get the mail, I bundle up in several layers and only my eyes are showing. Don't want to get any frost-bites !!!

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  18. Sounds like a great goal to me... and judging by these stunning image it will be well worth it!

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    1. I sure do hope so, though I have been enjoying the snow from inside of my house for the last couple of days. It's just way too cold to go out.. maybe tomorrow?

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    1. Thank you so much for kind words, please top by again.

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  20. Blue skies, fresh snow and sunshine! Perfect!

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  21. Perfectly lovely snow shot, Noriko-san! I heard about the frigid cold of America on TV news. Our winter going to be record cold, but for geographical reason, it rarely snows in Nara even when we are chilled to the bone. I wonder if this winter would be. Stay warm.

    Yoko

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    1. Yoko-san, so nice of you to stop by. So our frigid weather has made the news even in Japan. I wonder what my relatives are thinking of where I live now... Stay warm in Nara. Snow is pretty to look at but is very hard to get around in.

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  22. This is a stunning shot, love the bright sunlight and blue skies against the white of the snow

    Mollyxxx

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    1. Molly, thank you so much for visiting today. Such kind words from someone who takes great photographs.

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  23. Winter wonderland for sure! Enjoy the beauty of the season...frigid as it is!

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    1. Definitely ! I am enjoying from inside a warm house today !!!

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  24. Happy New Year Noriko. Thanks for dropping by my site. This shot and the way you described the landscape is really amazing most specially for me who hasn't experienced winter. But as the weather seems to be getting colder in your part of the world, i am almost thanking the Universe that I wasn't born in the temperate climate, lol.

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    1. You are so lucky that you have never experienced winter like this. I am ready to move.... any suggestions?

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  25. This is an absolutely stunning shot! Just stay safe in the cold.

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  26. Gorgeous winter image!
    Happy New Year, filled with wondrous sights to capture,
    Merisi

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    1. Merisi, Thank you so much for your kind words, I hope you will stop by again soon...

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  27. I can imagine how difficult it is to get out there NB, but for shots like this it's so worth it!

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