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VP 75: Snow Drifter

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After three major snow storms in December, we’ve seen a few of these characters around town.

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Respite

Pheasants head to the feeders between snow storms.

Pheasants head to the feeders between snow storms.

First view of the sun in days. Even through layers of clouds and ice fog it was a welcomed site.

First view of the sun in days. Even through layers of clouds and ice fog it was a welcomed site.

We’ve been hit with arctic air (3 days below zero for highs) and now 4 more inches of snow on the way. The sun picture above reminds me of Cormac McCarthy’s novel “The Road” which, by the way, I wouldn’t read if I was feeling down or a little blue.

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Between Storms

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Up to this point we’ve had 29 inches of snow in seven days. As I was finishing up shoveling snow from the driveway last night, the sky opened up for a brief 30 seconds giving us this light show. Back to reality—We are in the midst of a full-blown blizzard with no travel advised and all schools and government offices closed. Wind is gusting to 50 mph and wind chills are well below zero. A poem I saw recently on the Writer’s Almanac that I thought fit this image.

I’ll tell you how the Sun rose…

I’ll tell you how the Sun rose —
A Ribbon at a time —
The Steeples swam in Amethyst —
The news, like Squirrels, ran —
The Hills untied their Bonnets —
The Bobolinks — begun —
Then I said softly to myself —
“That must have been the Sun”!
But how he set — I know not —
There seemed a purple stile
That little Yellow boys and girls
Were climbing all the while —
Till when they reached the other side,
A Dominie in Gray —
Put gently up the evening Bars —
And led the flock away —

“I’ll tell you how the Sun rose…” by Emily Dickinson. Public Domain.

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Journal Entry 11/30/2016: After the Storm

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Finally after a three day snow storm and digging out (18 inches of new snow), I took a minute to sip coffee and capture this scene from the comfort of my living room. Pen/Ink/Watercolor.

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