Pond Effect Snow

January 10, 2007 at 2:36 pm | Posted in country living, faith, family, knitting, marriage, photography, relationships, romance | 20 Comments

Fireflys Boot Toe Today is a winter day in a winter that hasn’t resembled winter at all … not for western New York. There is snow on the ground, snow flurries come down off and on, and it is about 26 degrees plus there is a chill wind blowing. Back before Christmas my husband bought me a pair of Sorell boots so I would be prepared for wintery days. I have not had one legitimate reason to wear them, though I often put them on just for the fun of it when I go out to get the mail.

Oh, that reminds me … I have to take the trash out to the street. Well, I am off to bundle up again and will return to my blog in a little bit …

… and, I’m back now.

What I have no feel for yet is the difference between lake effect snow and actual snow. Right now there is snow of some kind coming down and blowing all over the place outside, and from the weather reports I have seen it is lake effect snow. It is pretty no matter where it comes from, and “lake effect” sounds rather magical.

Fireflys Pond with Snow and IceBack to my Sorell boots. They are awesome boots; black, and warm with felt liners. They come up to just below my knees. I have worn them in the house a few times, when there was a draft and I couldn’t get my feet warm any other way. And, like I said above, I have worn them in perfectly fine weather out to the mail box or to take out the trash, just so I could wear them at all.

This morning as I walked around the farm shooting photographs, I had a very good reason to wear them. They kept my feet and legs warm, and withstood the watery goosh out where the temporary pond forms by our willow tree.

That pond, by the way, is only a few inches deep. This morning it was more frozen looking than I have seen it before, and some snow rested on its surface. Perhaps what we are getting here today is pond effect snow.

Fireflys Corn RowI enjoy the challenge of walking around with the camera on a day like this and looking for something interesting to shoot, or something pretty to my artistic eye. In the spring, summer, and fall it is easy to do so. Middle of winter; not so easy.

Unless, of course, you squat down and give an inquiring look into it.

People have complimented me about my photography on the blog, and I appreciate the feedback very much. I was thinking the other day about what it is I could say that I do with my photography that makes it different, and I think a big part of it is that I squat down, I look straight down, or I get down close to the ground and somehow that involves me more with the environment and the little sights and sounds that are always there but usually passed over. I am very curious about all the little bits and pieces of that environment out there, and I think maybe that shows up at times in my photos.

If you think about it, it is a bit lke life itself. There are usually at any given moment any number of wonderful discoverable things going on around any one of us if we would just squat down and have a look for a minute.

Fireflys Cute Doll Project in SculpeyWow, the snow is blowing pretty hard out there now; looking out the window as I type I see it whizzing by horizontally. I have no idea if it is snow coming from the sky or being blown off our roof. It looks exciting either way.

This last photo is of a doll I am making based on some characters I designed a few years back. She is only about four inches tall, and is only an experiment at this point. She’ll be pretty cute, I think, by the time I am finished with her. Film at eleven.

Life is calling to me now to end off the blog and do some work for a client.

I am wishing you well, my friend. Thanks for stopping by.


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  1. Wow… is there something you do not know how to do LOL???
    That doll’s very cute 🙂 The face is lovely!!!

    Cheers Eva

  2. Adorable dolly! Yeah, what Eva said! I feel chilly just thinking of the snow whereever it comes from!

  3. Strange weather, here in the SW they have forecast more snow this weekend, and normally we rarely get any. I always love your photos. Can’t wait to see the finished doll

  4. I’m in western Canada (Maple Ridge, BC) and we’re having a major snowstorm at the moment. Crazy weather! Love the little doll – what kind of clay do you use?

  5. The doll is made of Sculpey.


  6. Your doll is really cute!

    Your winter pictures are really nice. I think my favourite pictures are the ones that I have gotten on odd angles to get. The most recent one that springs to mind is after our little ice storm. I walked over into the area behind our neighbour’s yard and crawled under a tree that was covered and bent down to the ground. The icy branches surrounded me and the pictures I got were really nice and detailed.

  7. Oops, I’m a secret pal to someone with a wordpress blog and I forgot to change my info. Sorry.

  8. Sorell boots are a thing of beauty. I can’t urge you enough to have at least oneor two extra pair of felt liners. Eventually, you will need them and it is always best to let them dry naturally.

    Please keep the snow and temps under 40 in NY.

  9. Nothing beats warm feet on a cold day and those boots are perfect. I had on my boots today, more because there was ice under a little skiff of snow and it was slippery! My boots have a good tread, as I am sure the Sorell boots do too!
    I love the little doll!
    Knitting for that dear little doll will require small needles and scraps of yarn! Fun!
    Love the term ‘goosh’ – it describes the situation perfectly!

  10. It can take some time to see the beauty in a not very snowy midwinter – especially for someone from Calif. I bet! Sorrells are the best and last forever. I wish I had a use for mine.We still have no snow here in MN.

  11. Your snow shots are lovely…but I’d prefer not to actually have any. It’s just so…cold! :)My girls went to bed desperatly hoping for snow and yet another snow day tomorrow.

    Your little doll is just adorable.

  12. I’m glad you’re finally getting snow. I love lake effect snow. I grew up in a snowbelt in Northern Michigan and (sometimes) I miss all the snow.

    Not on today’s like today, though: I was lying out on the deck today, soaking up the sun. It was 50 degrees and gorgeous! Of course, an Arctic cold front will arrive tomorrow and spoil my fun!

    I enjoy your walks around the farm. It looks very peaceful.

  13. Your little doll is precious! I have done little work with Sculpy besides beads, but now I may have to try this…you are an inspiration. Thanks!

  14. I echo Eva’s comment “Is there anything you can’t do?” I love the doll and also love working with sculpey. I once made a dragon with a metallicy blue and metallicy copper for his underside. He had wings and everything. Unfortuneately for me, it was before I was taking pics of everything I did and sent him off as a present. I did ask the recipient for a pic, but never got it…. drat!

    I love reading your blog because I am also an artist, though a very disorganized one who never has time for anything. This year the most I was able to do was paint premade wooden xmas ornaments for family with my son’s picture… still even doing that, got my creative spirit stirring. I think I am going to try and recreate my dragon… and this time take a pic.

    Thanks for your blog!

  15. Oh, Firefly… What I love the most is making an idea “real” for someone. I can create things from a need or desire. Once I made a stuffed fuzzy toy object from a cartoon I designed.

  16. WOW!!! It is beautiful! Here, in Maine, we have NO SNOW at all. Only 2 storms: one on Thanksgiving and one by New Year’s Eve but it didn’t stick… It is so disappointing! Maine is not really Maine without snow…

    Your little doll is adorable! You have all the talents! 🙂

  17. how adorable! you are so creative; i always love stopping by your blog to see what you’ve cooked up!

  18. i saw the whole lake effect snow phenomenon on the weather channel…i like this entry.

  19. Sorry to hear your poor little doll was a little too well done. She is a cutie.

    Yarnstorm has a post up today I thought would interest you. Her blog is here: http://yarnstorm.blogs.com/knitblog/ .

    I think you would enjoy her blog.

  20. you know, I think your pictures come out so well because you put your whole self into them. you have a vested interest in whatever you’re shooting and it comes out.

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