how deep is the snow?

Yes, two posts in one day. Chalk it up to me finally getting my photo editing software working again (see previous post from this a.m.).

In the comments to my February 9th post, Wayne from Niches asked:

Snow! Take pictures of snow for your poor sweltering neighbors far to the south who only want a smidge of it, just enough to throw things into a well-deserved chaos for awhile.

In response to his request, I went out and shot some photos around the house, but couldn’t upload them onto my blog. Anyhow, here’s how things looked back on February 13th. We’ve had some melting and also some more snow since then, but I’d say the level is pretty much at about where it was two weeks ago. I think it was actually even higher in January, but we had a good thaw that really took the level down a lot. I’m not sure how it stands at the moment, but a couple of weeks back, the local news network weatherman said that we were close to breaking snowfall records. I haven’t been paying much attention to the news lately, but we may well have broken a record since then.

Anyhow, above is a photo of Sabrina on the front porch. I shoveled all of the snow that is tossed up on either side of the pathway and have the sore shoulders to prove it.

This photo is of the front of the house. Sabrina is still on the porch, probably peering at me from somewhere behind the railings.

Final photo is of the studio building. Some of the snow in the foreground was pushed up when the lane was plowed. However, most of what you see just fell. The building looks small but it isn’t. The walls are actually quite tall as that big door on the right was made tall enough to drive a 65-hp Neufeld tractor with a tall exhaust stack through.

And yup, the snow is pretty, but believe me when I say that, when you’ve been shoveling it for a few months, you’re very glad to see the end of it.

15 Responses to “how deep is the snow?”

  1. robin andrea Says:

    OMG! When I said our yard looked like winter, I meant that the trees are still leafless and all of last fall’s detritus is browned and bent after the winds and rains. Your yard looks like a real winter wonderland. I can’t believe all that snow. Wow. I hope it warms up for a good melt soon, so the tender green shoots of spring can emerge.

  2. bev Says:

    robin – Ha! I was thinking about “your wintery yard” and how you could see mole hills. Wish I could see some mole hills in my yard! But it will be at least 3 or 4 weeks before that joyous event! (-:

  3. Mark P Says:

    I know you must get tired of it, but we get so little of it that I still envy you. I lived for about a year and a half at Lake Tahoe, Ca, which, of course, normally gets a lot of snow. Unfortunately, the winter I was there was a severe drought in California and snowfall was very low. A lot compared to Georgia, but really not much. I left for the East in the next January, at almost the exact time that the drought ended with a gigantic snowfall at Lake Tahoe. So I missed all the heavy snow there. And it has been about 15 years I think since a really good snow here.

  4. Dave Says:

    This winter we have had something like 50″ of snow, which is pretty substantial in these parts. Some people are getting weary of it, but I’d rather have (pretty) snow on the ground than (blah) dormant lawns and bare trees!

  5. Wayne Says:

    Mon Dieu! Like Mark says, I envy you, even though I know it must become tiresome. Dave’s right about the bare trees, which we have too, but no lawns, dormant or otherwise, around here!

    I finally got the impression of the size of the studio from your tale of getting the big machina into it. And the top photo of Sabrina certainly shows the amount of work that goes into making sure you don’t have slippery ice in a few days or weeks.

    (Yesterday we had a half hour of sunny snow showers in the early morning as I was driving home from very early appointments. The ground didn’t notice, but it was festive.)

  6. Cathy Wilson Says:

    Whoa! It is lovely, though, and Sabrina doesn’t look bothered a bit :0) I shoveled a few inches from my driveway yesterday and thought I’d had a workout. I’ll bet you slept well that evening.

  7. Peter Says:

    All this snow is making it hard for me without any snowshoes. I did manage to get a bunch of hiking in during the larger thaw in early Jan, but the trails are not suitable for boots right now around here. I’ve been hanging around various accessable feeders though, and have managed a pretty decent winter list. It looks like starting tomorrow we might get a little bit of thawing.

    Why did it have to be a record snowfall year the same winter I moved here?! I’ll take Nova Scotia winters!

  8. am Says:

    Lovely window into the world of the far north country. Sweet portrait of Sabrina.

  9. Cate Says:

    Sigh, your place looks like my place,Bev, and I am thoroughly weary of snow. The studio is a drystack building? If so, I am envious – I love drystack structures with a passion.

    It occurs to me that with all the snow we have had this winter, most of my beloved Lanark highlands will be underwater in May. Rather than new wellies, perhaps I should purchase hip waders and mortgage my soul for an Argo to get to the other side of the beaver pond.

  10. Nina Says:

    We used to live in western NY–had snows that piled high on the streets and made gigantic mountains in parking lots!

    In some ways I miss having enough to “do” anything with–now we only get 2-3 inches periodically.

    I can imagine you’re very ready for spring!

  11. Cathy Wilson Says:

    Just sending sunny thoughts and the fact of Nina, above, who is hearing Spring Peepers. Hang in there. Peepers coming to your neighborhood – hopefully soon.

  12. John Says:

    We’re expecting snow in Dallas tomorrow night or Friday; they’re forecasting an inch or so. This will be the second “snow event” in as many weeks, a truly unusual set of circumstances for Dallas. Hereabouts, a casual mention of snow, just in passing, by the television weather forecasters causes traffic accidents, school closings, and widespread panic buying of gasoline, bread, and blankets. I think your snow is a lot more appealing!

  13. firefly Says:

    Here in Portland (Maine coast) we’ve gotten 96 inches of snow for the year — 44 inches ahead of “normal”.

    The last time I checked, we were about 2 feet ahead of Buffalo and Albany, and only 4 inches behind Syracuse, so you can imagine how absolutely sick I am of the sight of the stuff.

    Today it warmed to near 50 deg F, but it’s going to take a lot of those days to get rid of what we have on the ground.

  14. Lori Says:

    I was SO fortunate to run across your website looking for some pictures of caterpillars. WOW! I love all of your photos. You take really fantastic pictures.

    You also have beautiful Collies. My girls look a lot like yours, just smaller – they are both Shelties! Their names are Katie and Mollie. I loved the pics of Sabrina heading through the trails! It makes me want to take them outside and go running through fields (not yet though – our outside here in Dayton, Ohio is looking like it does there – we’re in the middle of a blizzard.) Looks like you’ve been busy creating a snow trail for her. I think that’s way I’ve got to look forward to in the morning!

    Thank you so much for sharing your art.
    Take care, Lori

  15. bev Says:

    Thanks for your comments everyone!

    Lori – welcome to my blog and thanks for the kind comments about my photos!

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