Sunday, February 5, 2012

The Snow Melts Away

I apologize for my minimal online presence, these days. I've had little time to visit blogs for the past week and I don't forsee that changing for at least a few more days. I will catch up eventually. I almost always do but for now I just want to let you know that I so appreciate your visits and kind comments on these scheduled posts. And just so you know, all is fine. I'm just keeping busy.

Now, I think it's time for another walk. Put on your comfy shoes, we're hitting the park path, once again.



carolines deck
Heading out the front door, you'll notice how beautifully the afternoon sun is bathing my neighbour's (hi, Caroline!) front deck with its warmth. We had a little bit of snow, on this morning but now it's melting quickly.




bare limbs3
As we enter the park, the dead branches of the pine tree directly ahead of us soak up the sun's rays.




icy valley
We've had some cold weather on and off through the winter. But the temperatures keep coming back to hover around the freezing point. This little valley always collects water and freezes in winter but turns slushy with the warmer weather. The sun was spilling onto it just beautifully at that stage and it demanded that I take a photo of it.




melting snow peanut
This might be a peanut that we left for the squirrels a few days earlier or someone else might enjoy feeding the little cuties, also. You can see how the snow is melting beneath it.




ducky opening
A peek between the twigs and old growth allows us a view of the mallards, just this side of a thin shelf of ice.




slushy willow reflection
A slushy puddle reflects the trunk of a beautiful old willow which proudly guards the pond's dock.

Thanks for joining me, once again. You're such fine company.

63 comments:

Rob-bear said...

Let's see if I have this right. You're getting spring thaw in February.

What's wrong with this picture?

ADRIAN said...

A grand wander....I really admire the peanuts.

Daniel said...

It seems Mother Nature is experiencing a "Hot Flash" this winter in some parts.

Certainly an easier and spring-like walk on this day. :)

Brian Miller said...

smiling at the peanuts...and love the pic of the front porch as well hilary....

Indrani said...

Lovely captures.

Bob Bushell said...

Yes, the peanut is the best,lovely. But, all needs a mention.

Dawn said...

That peanut in the tree...perfect!!!
You sound as busy as many others out here...myself included. Glad I popped on by for a walk. Although right now...i feel as though I need a sit in that sunny chair...

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

Love the blueness of the water beneath the ducks as they float about. Very nice!

LadyFi said...

Such lovely pictures - I do love it when the sunlight floods in and onto snow...

Zuzana said...

Hilary, I have been absent too and am catching up. Our snow is not melting, having temperatures close to -20C we are in deep freeze.;)
Stunning images as always, one can perceive in the light that winter is progressing and getting closer to spring by each day.
Have a great Sunday,
xoxo

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

A walk with you is such fun. We see the most interesting and beautiful sights. Thanks and enjoy this day.

Steve Gravano said...

I love the light and perspective of the valley photo. Yes, this winter has been very mild here on Long Island. I'm not complaining, it's nice not to hear the furnace.

messymimi said...

No need to explain or apologize. Your friends don't need it and your enemies won't believe it anyway!;)

Take your time, you always come back with such beautiful pics.

As for the peanut, i can't see the squirrels leaving one for days, so probably there are other squirrel lovers in your area.

Pauline said...

You actually have more snow than we do at present though we have the puddles left from recent rains. Thanks for the walk - come have tea at my place when you can :)

Country Girl said...

And you're such a fine tour guide. Love that little porch.

ellen abbott said...

all beautiful but that third one of the little valley was especially nice.

TexWisGirl said...

i love the mallards in that gorgeous blue water (even if it is icy!)

as long as you're doing well, we won't mind busy. :)

DJan said...

How about coming over here and feeding MY squirrels? They don't get enough (yeah right!). Great pictures as usual, and I know you will be back someday. I always look forward to your pictures. :-)

Dianne said...

I love the random peanut here and there
I have taken to doing the same thing here, I like to imagine the squirrels talking about us :)

the deck looks a bit slippery

Sandi McBride said...

Just so glad to see the wonderful photos you always share so willingly...hope all is well with you...have not been as active as I normally am, either...even though Ive started up a second blog (that's from where I am visiting today, catching up from this end lol)It is 59 degrees and way to warm for this time of year. I'd adore snow...sighhhh...
hugs, be well
Sandi

rosaria said...

It's quite confusing to animals, isn't it? We have had 60+ sunny days for weeks at a time, followed by a quick warm squall, and more sunny days.

We'll all remember the winter that wasn't where it was supposed to be!

yaya said...

Love the peanut shot! We are in the same weather pattern. Some people around these parts are really sad that we haven't had the cold and snow...crazies! But I'm happy that we do have some sunshine to enjoy. Have a good week!

Linda said...

You can make even melting and slushy snow look good. I really liked the first image, of Caroline's front deck.

Anyes said...

The snow is always melting so fast, your photographs, Hilary beautifully capture the process :-)

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Love the one of the peanut atop the mound of snow. Very cool photos. :)

Linda said...

The sunlight enhances everything so nicely. The winters around the world are rather bizarre this year.

I'm surprised that peanut was still there.

Anvilcloud said...

Not much snow in the tropical south.

Cloudia said...

"Peanut Crotch"
you may have the title gratis LOL


thanks for checking in - we all do care and wonder over each other don't we? very cool...


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Kerry said...

Who knew that a slushy little dale could be so beautiful? I feel like I know exactly where that place is.

Red said...

More people need to get out for a walk on a winter day and look for interesting things. I enjoyed your walk and photos.

Gillian Olson said...

Pretty walk, thanks for taking us along. The bright blue water with birds and the peanut are a real hit.

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sage said...

Your squirrels are spoiled, I'm sure!

Barbara said...

Always love your walks!

louciao said...

A very refreshing stroll, but a bit slippery on that boardwalk.

JillsyGirl said...

I love how the golden sunsets, despite the cold always add such warmth to your photos!

Sharon Wagner said...

Someone didn't eat their snack. And I mean someone with a bushy tail.

Out on the prairie said...

A nice stroll, it is deep around here.

MaggieGem said...

I have been mostly absent also... just too many distractions lately, lol.

Thanks for sharing a wonderful walk, this has been a very warm winter here in NJ... not that I'm complaining.

Daryl Edelstein said...

I know I should not complain about our lack of snow but I know if we had some I'd have photos to share .. love these .. especially the peanut

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

How beautiful! I really like the view in that first one!

Reena Walkling said...

Love that peanut in the tree!

Barb said...

A lovely walk with you, Hilary - I see you don't have much snow either. Where's it going, I wonder?

Mental P Mama said...

Do I spy a wily Mr. Cardinal in that second shot? Always fun we have on these walks together...;)

Karen said...

Hilary, I'd love to take a walk with you! You have such an artistic eye! Great!

beth said...

i've decided busy is good....as long as we're doing what we love to do and are with the people we love to be with....

so keep being busy....it means life is good.....xoxo

spokalulu said...

Oh, so gorgeous! I went on a walk much like that today, with Canada Geese instead of mallard ducks, but still plenty of ice. I'll be sharing pictures from it all week long.

Unknown Mami said...

I don't like it when you apologize for not having time to visit blogs because I think you have nothing to apologize for. The blogs will always wait for you and be waiting when you have time and are ready.

Gorgeous images as always.

Michael Manning said...

What a wonderful journey with you, Hilary! I have the hardest time deciding which photos I like best! Each has a different mood. I love your photography!

Grayquill said...

Hillary....a beauty seeker and good at it. Thanks.

Beyond My Garden said...

This was a nice walk. I like those dead branches on evergreens because they make such great fire starters. Even if it has been raining for days, I can always find some dry tinder that the tree has been holding up off the ground for me.
nellie

Wendy said...

Life happens, Hilary - don't apologize for living it. We understand when you are too busy to blog.
Heck - I haven't blogged in a while and really seem to be stuck. Haven't a clue what to blog about. Oh well.

Thanks for taking us along on your walk. I'm amazed by your lack of snow and happy to see the sun shining. Makes it look warm where you are. Cute peanut too. LOL.
Sending hugs

Birdie said...

I don't care what the Groundhog says. Spring will come. Your beautiful pictures are evidence of that.

Madge @ The View From Right Here said...

Wow... love the light in your shots!

photowannabe said...

I'm glad everything is ok and you are just living life.
Love the spring thaw pictures, especially the peanut on the branch.

lime said...

may i just say the peanuts make me so happy. i am forbidden to feed the chipmunks in my yard but i have such fond memories of doing so as a kid.

SandyCarlson said...

Thanks for being a steadfast blogger friend. It's good to come back here after a crazy time adjusting to a new life in a different climate. I enjoyed your winter images.

Mage said...

We are all glad you are busy. I like peanuts too.

Jayne said...

Wow. Hilary, the lighting in these photos is spectacular. My goodness, can another day as such ever be reproduced? You do know how to follow the light. :)

Hilary said...

Thank you everyone. You're much too kind. I hope to catch up with all your blogs before too much longer. Thanks always for stopping by and leaving such lovely comments. They're so appreciated. :)

L. D. Burgus said...

These are such wonderful photos. I am glad I went back and will catch up with you blog.

L. D. Burgus said...

You still look like you are having winter even though the snow is sparse. You have captured cold scenes.

Shrinky said...

I love the play of light and shadow in some of these. Yes, the seasons seem very confused this year, don't they?