Dec 21, 2009

It's Official, Winter, Day One 12/21/09



Some are calling our biggest snow event of all recorded time (National Weather Service) a blizzard but I think it's been more of a snow storm when compared to storms in my mother's youth. She remembers her father stringing a wire from the house to the barn so that he and the boys could get back and forth safely without losing their way in a blizzard that lasted for three days! We did get a full two feet of snow here on the North Fork and experienced some white-out conditions when gusts up to forty miles per hour occurred, swirling snow sideways and every other possible direction including up. High drifts have been removed from parts of Main Road where the wind with unobstructed fetch over farmland acreage scooped up snow and dropped it where it was most inconvenient. These spots have to be continually cleared until the wind dies down.

One beautiful side effect of the wind on snow is the way in which it sculpts free form shapes playing with light and shadow, making it a delightful wintry wonderland.

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Near white-out driving conditions. At night it was totally unsafe.


Three drift sculptures captured on a country lane in Southold Town. Please click on photos to enlarge.










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12 comments:

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Wow, I have been reading about the storm. Great photographs.

madcobug said...

Those are beautiful photos. I remember my parents telling stories similar to what yours did. They had to dig trails to the barn to do their chores. Helen

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

The photographs of the drifting snow are awesome!

Cloudia said...

You have brilliantly captured the magic of snow!


Aloha, Friend


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Canarybird said...

Beautiful photos Mark. I hope you are able to get around in that weather. Wishing you a Merry Christmas! Sharon.

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kralle said...

Da ich es versäumte dir dieses Jahr einen entsprechenden Weihnachtsgruss hier zu hinterlassen, möchte ich wenigstens nicht versäumen, dir einen gesunden und erfolgreichen Start ins neue Jahr an dieser Stelle zu hinterlassen. Rutsche also genau und präzise in selbiges und lasse die alten Probleme und Sorgen am Besten im alten Jahr zurück. Das neue hat sicherlich für uns alle noch genug Überraschungen auch in der Hinsicht parat. ;-)


LG rolf

Inverness Daily Photo said...

Beauty and danger so often go together in equal measure.

Kirigalpoththa said...

Amazing!

Great photos!

Spiderdama said...

Wow! This is really beautiful snowsculpture and shot!:-)

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