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I had a difficult time coming up with a title for this post.  I wanted to use these photos while we still had fresh snow on the ground (although I’m sure we’ll have snow for a while just not so fresh).  Murray took these photos and the red just popped out against the snowy white canvas of  Central Park.  As I said yesterday, EVERYONE comes to play in the  snow in the Park.  

First and in my opinion best of all is the sight of a brilliant red Cardinal perched on a snowy branch.  These birds are beautiful at any time of the year but in the winter their bright and perky looks stand out in the bleak winter.

He Just Sits

He Just Sits

A Spot of Red

A Spot of Red

A Little Tipsy

A Little Tipsy

A Wood Duck in Winter

A Mandarin Duck in Winter

What to do? Build a Snowman!

What to do? Build a Snowman!

New Boots

New Boots

Royalty

Royalty

Standing Out in a Crowd

Standing Out in a Crowd

Is my face red from the cold?

Is my face red from the cold?

Red Tags, Blue Eyes

Red Tags, Blue Eyes

To the Rescue

To the Rescue

Ready to Rescue

Ready to Rescue

Left Behind

Waiting Patiently

All photos courtesy of Murray Head

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We’ve had so much snow lately that it’s yesterday’s news every other day!  And in the City, the snow rapidly melts into a dirty slush or turns into frozen walls around the parked cars.  Well that’s what you see when you walk the streets on your way to work.

BUT if you were to go into Central Park, you would see snow scenes whose beauty rivals Anywhere USA. Murray was in the park capturing these lovely scenes and was gracious enough to share them with us.  I told him how often my post on the 19″ snowfall in Central Park is viewed, it’s amazing really.  I hope you enjoy these as much.

Central Park Snow

Central Park Snow

Bethesda Fountain

Bethesda Fountain

Untouched

Untouched

Ice Angel

Ice Angel

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Undeterred

Undeterred

Solitude

Solitude

All photos courtesy of Murray Head

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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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We had a snow storm and although we were supposed to go to the shore, my husband vetoed the trip.  Bummer because we had invited company for the weekend, I want to go shopping and who’s feeding all of our little squirrel friends and feathered friends?  The rationale behind this decision is that life is much easier in the City when it snows;  Here are 5 reasons why:

Dinner's here!

Dinner’s here!

1. You can always order out-You don’t have to rush to the grocery store only to find that all the milk, orange juice and bread are gone.  They bring you food here! It’s so cool!

2.  You don’t have to shovel your driveway.

3.  You don’t have to drive in the snow, the buses and subways continue  to run day and night, rain or snow.

4. The sidewalks are basically kept clear.  The superintendent and his staff shovel the sidewalk in front of their buildings. The store owners shovel off their sidewalk.

5.  If your car is parked on the street like ours, when it snows the City suspends alternate side parking rules.  We haven’t had to move the car for days now.

Keeping the sidewalks clear!

Keeping the sidewalks clear!

 

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Maybe We Should Take The Bus

Maybe We Should Take The Bus

I’m not sure that this is the best title for this blog but I was at a loss probably due to the fact that I haven’t had my Starbucks today!  Hopefully Peter will brave the cold and snowy trip to Starbucks and bring back some hot steaming Americano.  

I saw this and the timing was perfect to post it today.  Hope it puts a smile on your face and then you can think twice about leaving home.  Personally I think I’m staying in.   THANK GOD (and IBM and the Japanese and Steve Jobs) for computers so I can work from home on my MAC.  Or I can play Scrabble or bid on eBay or test my brain with Lumosity!

Enjoy!  Click the link below!

Make It A “Snow Day”

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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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About a week ago, I was in the Grove and it was a miserable night.  It had been raining for a while and due to the bad drainage problem on our street, there was a river of water about 2 feet wide I had to cross or jump over to get into my car.  I needed to go to the grocery store and it was getting late.  When I came out of the grocery store, I was pelted with hail.  Literally marble size balls of ice were raining down on me as I tried to quickly get all the bags into the car.  Driving home the road was covered with these rolling pellets.  And then I had to try to leap over the river while holding grocery bags.

After I got all of the groceries put away, it started to thunder and lightning.  At the first sound of thunder, the cats disappeared up the stairs and under the bed.  THEN, a crack of thunder hit and the whole house shook and I knew those cats were gone for the night.  It was so loud and so close that I immediately looked out the front windows to see what if anything had been hit.  I couldn’t see anything and then one, two,  three and then four and five fire engines roared up Broadway and turned north on Central Ave.   I called Susan and Jim and asked if they could see where the engines went and I kept looking to the north sky for that dreaded orange glow.  Jim said he could see the engines and he would check it out.  I soon received a call telling me that a house had been struck by lightning on Embury Ave but didn’t seem to be on fire although all trucks ready and on standby.

This is what Mother Nature wrought upon Ocean Grove that night!

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Lightning strikes

Embury Ave, Ocean Grove NJ, lightning strikes, thundersnow

Lightning bolt through the turret

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