Monday, December 29, 2008

My World's Winter Thaw


Our across the road neighbours have their house up for sale. The backyard pool is a less than appealing selling point at this time of year. We need a lot more warmth before buyers begin to think of swimming under the summer sun.


We experienced a lot more winter warmth over the past two days as temperatures rose briefly from -18C to 10C. The warmer moist air over the deep snow pack brought heavy fog as the cloudy skies touched the earth for a full day. It was impossible to see to the end of the street.


Rain has fallen, much snow has melted and many areas are experiencing local flooding. This seasonal cycle is not unusual. Perhaps the expected January thaw came early but it is already over as cold winds have once again returned turning standing water to ice. Brown and grey will disappear when new snow creates a fresh white ground cover.


Seasonal lights still shine indoors creating warmth and cheer as we wait for the New Year to arrive. This picture of our tree lights represents brightness, colour and best wishes for the New Year to all who stop by My World.

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34 comments:

  1. And here's wishing you, Ruth, a blessed and happy new year.

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  2. You are usually a day ahead of us--we are just coming out of the warm spell and getting back to freezing today. I don't like mid-winter thaws, they confuse me and kind of scare me too. But, according to the weather man we can expect at least two big snow storms this week.

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  3. I was chuckling at the For Sale sign with POOL on it...lol. Bundle up and keep warm Ruth!

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  4. We too had our own thaw of sorts but it's back to winter. I love the picture that you have with the pods on it. Very pretty.

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  5. Nice pics once again. We've had incredible winds here -- there are shingles on our lawn this morning.

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  6. Fabulous photos Ruth. Each one has a different feeling.

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  7. I would echo Lynne's words.I esoecially liked the seeds in a sepia tone.Happy New Year to you.
    Blessings,Ruth

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  8. Ruth,

    Your world looks much like my world did on Saturday. We drove to meet my sister and BIL in Hamilton and there were times in low-lying areas when we couldn't see much of anything. However, the flooded areas along # 2 Hwy were beautiful with the fog hanging over the water. Wish I had taken my camera.

    Take care, my friend. Enjoyed my visit. Have a great week.

    Blessings,
    Mary

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  9. Ruth that is sooooo cold....if ever I compain about the freezing weather here, please feel free to remind me of this post......

    Happy New Year to you and yours and stay warm......

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  10. Hoping the very best for you and the family in 2009. Nice photographs.

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  11. Mary C- Thanks, and the same to you!

    Beth- This was a nasty thaw as we have had so much snow and the ground was saturated from a wet summer. We are expecting more snow too.

    Jayne- I do think they are trying to sell at the wrong time of year.

    Kim- Thanks. The maple keys are on a tree on our boulevard. They had shape and texture, unlike the fog.

    AC- We had bad winds when the cold front came in. I saw many fallen trees on the back roads today.

    Lynne- You know winter can be a challenge to capture creatively, especially in the absence of nice birds and sunny snow scenes.

    Ruth- The maple keys were sepia toned already so I turned the background grey to the same. Thanks.

    Mary- I just got back from watching the flood crest on the Grand R at Galt. Wow! It is coming your way shortly.

    Cheryl- It was a "warm" -1C (30F) today and I saw two men out in shorts, lol!!

    NCMW- Thanks...to you and yours as well.

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  12. Great pictures, thanks for sharing! Best wishes for 2009

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  13. Can prospective buyers even see the swimming pool? Maybe the seller can keep it a secret. ha.

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  14. Ruth: That was a fun post with a set of photos. That must be an undersnow pool.

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  15. Ruth, I prefer man against the vagueries of nature any day to man gainst man. Coping with natural phenomena takes ingenuity and strength of purpose, fighting other people has no purpose at all.
    Love your Maple seed shot.
    Stay warm and have a Happy New Year!

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  16. Happy New Year to you as well.

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  17. Keep warm and enjoy the winter. I enjoyed reading your post.

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  18. The winter thaw sure was great. But it's bitter out there now - EW!

    Yep, I'm definitely not thinking about pools right now. ;-)

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  19. Anonymous4:31 pm GMT-5

    I love the pic of the maple keys in the sepia tone, nicely done. Yes our winter thaw has come early this year. Was it not in late January 2008 we had our thaw. I remember New Year's Day last year as one of our heaviest snowfall days. It was beautiful. I was walking the dog in the early morning and nobody was out. It was peaceful and calm. I'm hoping for a repeat this year, can I be so lucky 2 years in a row?

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  20. Beautiful series of images. The for sale sign did make me laugh. I wonder it they will get ant takers.

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  21. Truly gorgeous photos! Thank you so much for sharing them! Have a very Happy New Year!

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  22. Doesn't seem like the best time of year to be touting a swimming pool! Great pix. Happy New Year!

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  23. We have the same weather Ruth...Poor folks have some major flooding problems that are unusual in the severity...Best wishes to you for a healthy and happy New Year..

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  24. What a difference a week makes! It will be interesting to see what January and February bring.

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  25. Best wishes to you, too, Ruth.

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  26. FYI - I am the Anonymous blogger. That is strange...I know I typed my name in. But today on our family blog, my post went up twice. It certainly can't be me making mistakes it must be blogger.com ;)}

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  27. Ruth,
    We too are having the same kind of weather,luckily we don't really live in a flood area, but things certainly get nasty on the roads around here, lots of ruts in the roads.
    I think that swimming pools are the last thing people want to think about this time of yr, unless it is an indoor one. Great photos

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  28. Excellent post and photos. Happy new year.

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  29. Happy New Year's to you as well.
    A pool is the last think I would think of when seeing the sign. Now if it were frozen over and they could sell it as a hockey or skating rink, it might be appealing.

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  30. Happy New year! I've got to go back and click on the link now to see what it is all about.I never even caught on to skywatch.

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  31. Don't feel like swimming after seeing all that snow.
    Happy New Year!

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  32. The second picture is awesome. Happy New Year to you :)

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  33. I love your second and third pictures very much. We've lost most of our snow as well, but haven't had any flooding problems, especially at our float cabin. Our lake could use some more water, it has actually gone down about three feet in the last month. They must be drawing lots of water out of the dam for power. - Margy

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