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When I left the City yesterday the only remaining snow was gray, dirty frozen piles along the curbs.  Between the heat rising from the steam under the streets, the subway system and the diligence of doormen and storekeepers keeping the sidewalks clear, there really wasn’t much snow to be seen.

However, upon arriving in Ocean Grove, we entered a white world.  Snow was still on the lawns and piles from the snow plows were 2 ft frozen walls.  Since we hadn’t been there in a couple of weeks, the snow on our sidewalk and walkways was frozen.  There was ice on the front porch and the steps, the bird feeder was empty and there was snow in the seed tray, 3 stripped corn cobs hung like a three-armed scarecrow.  It was a bit dismal and the thought of the shoveling and chopping still lay ahead.

Snow, which may be the curse of the homeowner does not bode so ill for others.  Out in Colorado where they have had snow for months already, celebrates the condition with a festival of snow and ice sculptures. I  have posted many of the entries previously and this is the last of those amazing works of art.

Fantasy Land in Snow

Fantasy Land in Snow

The Shepherd Plays His Pipe

The Shepherd Plays His Pipe

My Name is Chief Snow Eagle

My Name is Chief Snow Eagle

I'm Coming Milady

I’m Coming Milady

I Call It Home

I Call It Home

King Neptune Visits the Arctic Sea

King Neptune Visits the Arctic Sea

Rub My Belly For Good Luck

Rub My Belly For Good Luck

All Aboard

All Aboard

Escapee From the Winter Wonderland Carousel

Escapee From the Winter Wonderland Carousel

Cosy Cottage

Cosy Cottage

No Idea! BUT It Is Fantastic!

No Idea! BUT It Is Fantastic!

 

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I have a few more photos of those amazing and spectacular and humongous sculptures in Breckinridge, Colorado.  Since snow is predicted for tomorrow, these photo are so very apropos.

Snow Cathedral

Snow Cathedral

Hellooo I'm Here In Colorado!

Hellooo I’m Here In Colorado!

Your Queen Is In Danger

Your Queen Is In Danger

What Is This Doing Here?

What Is This Doing Here?

"And a tip o' the hat to you ma'm"

“And a tip o’ the hat to you ma’m”

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My husband’s cousin, Stephanie sent me these MOST amazing photos of snow  and ice sculptures and I thought they would make the perfect January (before the thaw) Fab Foto Friday!  

The Annual Snow Sculpture Contest in Breckinridge Colorado.

Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home

Pondering

Pondering

Is That You, Thomas?

Is That You, Thomas?

True Mountain Man

True Mountain Man

A Work In Progress

A Work In Progress

YETI

YETI

"It's A Small World After All"

“It’s A Small World After All”

Many thanks to Stephanie for sharing these wonderful creations,

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My friend Barbara just returned from a lovely long trip to South Africa.  I had been there with her many years ago and loved every minute of my adventure and experience.  I went back to South Africa a few years ago, this time with my husband and my sister and brother in-law.  We had a great time and I was able to relive and revisit some of the best of my former trip.  On my second trip we went to Kruger National Park and on safari.  There is NOTHING like seeing one of great beasts of Africa close up and free.  Giraffes towered over the truck, a pride of lions walked alongside our vehicle before dawn one day.

Africa is ginormous and different!  Not just different from here, lol, Manhattan but different looking countryside is everywhere.  I can’t say that I have traveled extensively through my own country so I don’t know if the mountains in Colorado resemble the mountains in Africa or if the forests of the Northwest are anything like the amazing forest we saw along the Panoramic Route.

Barbara left South Africa to go on a road trip that took them northeast to Namibia and she went on safari there.  Unfortunately she didn’t send me a lot of photos – but I did get to see them last night.  I was flabbergasted by the totally different terrain there.  Gone were the lush green forests and waterfalls of South Africa and in their place, dessert.  Deserts filled with Quiver trees and brush.  Huge almost barren landscapes next to virgin beaches with the whitest of sand.  And there were also fields of flowers in every color imaginable.  When I was in South Africa I fell in love with Proteas, that beautiful big fat blossom of a flower, but Barbara had photos of flowers I never knew existed.

PROTEAS photo by blogs.scientificamerican.com

PROTEAS
photo by blogs.scientificamerican.com

Best of all, best of any trip to Africa are the wildlife.   I have one photo she sent to me while she was there.  It speaks for itself.

Magnificent Beasts photo by Barbara

Magnificent Beasts
photo by Barbara

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