The Day After the Storm

My sister always loved the day after the storm when the clouds rolled out and the skies were blue and the snow was sparkly. Today was that day. So these pictures are for you, Yvonne!

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Sensitive Fern

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After the Storm “Blues”

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American Beech

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It’s Just Me, Jennifer!

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Finally!

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Winter. Finally.

Winter has arrived. Finally. And I have taken full advantage of it. Shoveled my driveway this morning, then drove 35mph on Route 86 to Bemus Point where I took a walk through the snowy woods.

Upon return, there was wood to bring in and the car to un-bury. Next it was on to mom’s to shovel her out (although she had been plowed out in the morning, you couldn’t tell).

Then it was home to process the photos. Beautiful, beautiful day – and it’s still coming down!  Hope to enjoy more fun in the snow tomorrow.  And the next day.  And the next… Until March!

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WinterWoman is happy.

Annual New Year’s Day Hike

It has become my tradition to be outside on January 1.  This year found me in the company of two old friends and one new friend – only one of whom is two-legged.  Old friends Terry (2-legged) and Lolli (4-legged) joined me to introduce Terry’s Puppy (4-legged and still without an Official Name) to the trail at Holt Run in Allegany State Park.

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Every dog should have a boy.

Puppy is very curious about everything, especially everything that Lolli is doing or interested in. Lolli likes to carry logs around while hiking. She was not very amused when Puppy kept trying to investigate. The expression on her face said it all.

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Seriously. Whose idea was this puppy?

Our drive to the Park and the first few steps into the woods were sunny and warm (relatively speaking for a January 1). The further we walked, the colder it got, the cloudier it got, and then came the rain. It only rained off and on, though, so we continued. At the half-way point, Puppy was exhausted. When we sat down to eat a sandwich, he climbed right up on Terry’s backpack and snoozed. Here he is, just barely awake from his slumbers because I woke him up digging my camera out of my pack.

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Why did you wake me? I'm still sleepy.

He went back to sleep after the Photo Opp, so I poked around in the dark woods to see what this new camera (Canon Rebel T2i) could capture in low light. I’m still getting used to it, but I like what I’m seeing. The following slide show contains some pictures I took under very dark skies just before the rain really cut loose!

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Happy New Year, everyone! May 2012 be filled with glorious nature adventures for you and yours.