2/29/2008

Another Snow Storm

(Toledo, OH) An Alberta clipper passed through Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan in the early morning hours, dumping an additional two inches of snow on the region. This comes after we received our heaviest snowfall of the season on Tuesday, and it looks like this month will be among the top five all-time high snowfall counts recorded in the month of February.

The snow has not yet caused me to pine too much for spring (pun fully intended), and I will continue to enjoy winter for the moment.

2/26/2008

Snow on a Picket Fence

(Toledo, OH) The winter storm that roared through Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan has already dumped six inches of snow in my neighborhood, and we could see a foot-deep white blanket covering the region by the afternoon. The wind created these tooth-shaped formations on the points of my picket fence, making the scene look more like the mouth of a tiger shark than a winter wonderland.

Thoughts of hungry sharks might lead a person to consider purchasing medical alert bracelets, though I suppose this would be small consolation to the family members of someone who wound up as the main course at the shark buffet line.

Here in Northwest Ohio, tropical waters are far from the tops of our collective minds, except in the sense that such locales sound more inviting as we plod through heavy snow.

2/22/2008

Thar Be Rabbits

(Toledo, OH) They may hide from my curious dogs, but the rabbits who reside near my house cannot cover their tracks. They survive on buried roots, grass, and scavenged plantlife, and have readily adapted to urban life.

Rabbits, of course, have no need of a shower stool, and I struggled to find a way to incorporate this phrase into the post. As you can see, this was a stretch, but such is life in the blogosphere.

Upwardly Bound

(Toledo, OH) This Mallard duck was not happy to see me walking around the park today, and he took flight just as I started snapping. It was refreshing to get out in the sunshine today, as I have been a bit of a hermit over the past few winter months.

This was not a day to be spent hanging around furniture stores, or keeping my nose in the books all day. Fresh air has a threapeutic effect, and I was pleased to grab a few healthy lungs-full.

2/19/2008

Winter Barn

(Ida, MI) While playing with the post-processing image features on GIMP 2, I yanked the saturation quite low on this Monroe County barn, creating an image that looks like something from an old horror film. With color, the barn looks like your typical rundown country barn, but in black-and-white it looks positively creepy.

This might make a good screen saver for a cascading tile tile effect, were I to seek a daily reminder of this gloomy setting, but I prefer something more upbeat on my laptop.

2/16/2008

Winter Sky

(Toledo, OH) The crisp winter air, which hovered in the low teens this morning, provided me with an incentive to snap only a few pictures of the sky before deciding my lack of a jacket was a poor idea. The last thing on my mind was a debate over the optimal characteristics of HDMI, and I quickly returned to my heated abode.

Yet for a few moments I was at peace with nature, staring into a seemingly limitless sky and contemplating my relative insignificance in the universe.

2/14/2008

Sparrow in Winter

(Toledo, OH) Sure, this is just an ordinary sparrow, but I find the ability of even common birds to survive winter to be fascinating. I am not sure what the bird was finding to eat, but it was busy sticking its head in the snow, popping up for fresh air every few seconds.

2/11/2008

Snow Covered Brush

(Toledo, OH) A few light dustings of snow over the past days made for an enchanted scene at Foxglove Meadow in West Toledo, especially with the wind-blown drifts. Wind chills dipped into the -20 degree range on Sunday morning, though this did not seem to bother the birds in the park, who chirped merrily away in the deep freeze.

Even the ducks in the park were busy, munching on corn and bird seed left for them by neighbors. Me? It was a quick trip for photos and then back to my house to thaw.

2/09/2008

Rusty Salvage Yard

(Toledo, OH) Those who drive northbound on the Anthony Wayne Trail are familiar with this rusted icon of the South Toledo skyline. County records indicate that the land upon which this scrap yard sits is owned by the Norfolk Southern railroad.

I imagine that living near such a property is an exercise in teeth-gritting, as the first word that comes to mind for me is "eyesore." You would think that the facility's owners would spend a few bucks and make the exterior a bit more presentable, but that would take away ready cash from such expensive budget items like employee health insurance.

And, of course, if I were to suggest that there could be a better way to manage health care, I would be branded a socialist, so I think I will just move along and drink my Kool-Aid now.

:-}

2/08/2008

Snow on a Car Roof

(Toledo, OH) The fat snowflakes on the roof of my 1995 Hyundai provided sharp contrast with the deep purple hue of the vehicle. When the storm hit on Monday afternoon, I found the moment to be picturesque.

When I squint, it looks more like a purple car in which someone has splattered white paint. I suspect that such a car would not fare well with a panel selected for market research purposes.

2/05/2008

Heavy Fog

(Toledo, OH) The passing of a warm front, which sent temperatures rocketing from the low 30s to over 50 degrees last night, caused the rapid melting and evaporating of last week's snowstorm. As a result, Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan became enveloped in a heavy layer of fog over the past 24 hours, and more fog may await us tonight.

Driving last night through Sylvania, I found that the fog reduced visibility to a mere 200-300 yards, and I was unable to see traffic lights that were just up the road. It was a bit jarring to suddenly see cars careening toward you with only seconds to spare, and I shuddered when I considered my fate had I faced off with a drunk driver veering over the yellow line.

2/03/2008

Driveway Slush

(Toledo, OH) The winter storm that dumped 4" to 6" of snow in the region is beginning to melt, which bodes well for my tire-packed patches of driveway. I put less than the usual effort into snow removal on Friday, knowing that the warmer temepratures meant that I would get some thermal assistance in this pursuit.

As a kid, I might have been tempted to scoop up some of this slush, but these days I prefer to shovel it off to the side of the driveway. Of course, if I were ensconced in a Sea Pines rental, I would not have to bother with ice, snow, or slush, would I?

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