Winter Wonderland

21 December 2008 · 5 comments

It snowed all day yesterday. When we walked over to Paul and Amy Jo’s at about 10am, there was maybe an inch of accumulation, all powdery. The snowfall never got heavy, and the snowflakes never got big. But it snowed all day, so that by nightfall there were about six inches on the ground. But when I went outside to make some photographs, it was strange to see the snow so dry, like powdered sugar.

Rosings Park in Winter

This photo is similar to the publicity shot used to sell the house. Only that shot was taken in early May, and this is taken in mid-December after one of the heaviest snowfalls in years. Though it looks like late afternoon here, it’s actually dark. It’s just a 10-second exposure.

Kris’ parents are coming for a short visit next weekend. If they’d come this weekend, they could have enjoyed our six inches of snow:

Snowy Birdbath

Instead, they’ll get the cold dreary rain we Oregonians are accustomed to. Maybe I’ll warm them up by taking them to Moroccan food.

Finally, here’s a shot of Kris’ outdoor Christmas tree. She borrowed a bunch of outdoor lights from Tiffany to decorate the spruce by the road. It took her about an hour to string the lights, but the effort was worth it. Even I think it’s beautiful. 

Kris' Outdoor Christmas Tree

I like how, if you look closely, you can see that the gutter on the second story is bowing. Sigh. The projects on this house never cease. We were already planning to hire somebody to paint next summer. We might as well have the gutters replaced at the same time. They’ve been causing us woe, and we know it. If we save enough, we can get all of the work done at once.

Update: We have six inches of new snow. It’s resting on top of half an inch of ice and the six inches of old snow below it. That’s a foot of snow and half an inch of ice. Wow.

1 Paul J. December 21, 2008 at 10:09

I love the last shot of the lights on the tree. Did you “mess” with this one at all? I see the flag is blurry and so the exposure had to be longer than normal but the coloring in the front right is unusual–did you “enhance” this at all?

2 jdroth December 21, 2008 at 10:24

I did, but not to add that color. I tried to get rid of that color! It’s being cast by a streetlamp. The exposure was 2 or 5 seconds (don’t remember which), but things were still underexposed, so I had to bump this up a stop in Photoshop. I think I even tried to add a cooling filter in PS, but it couldn’t remove the cast. We can’t have yellow snow now, can we? :)

3 Drew December 21, 2008 at 21:06

JD – I can recommend a good painter. Cheers!

4 Dave in Seattle December 21, 2008 at 22:07

Thats a really nice photo at top! Makes me miss the old neighborhood.

5 Courtney December 27, 2008 at 17:28

Please tell me you wore shoes or boots on your walk to Paul and Amy Jo’s house! ;-) I don’t want to see any nasty blister pictures, or worse yet, sit next to you while you peel off your dead skin. Ick!

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