Wednesday, January 2, 2013

First Snow, Drive Bys and Posts of the Week

I only have a few photos and POTWs, this week. The small numbers reflect a busy holiday season - a bit too busy for regular blog visits but I'll get back on track again before too long, I suppose. Until then I hope you enjoy this sampling.


late sun first snow 2012
Our first snowfall of the season just a few days ago. We didn't get much - perhaps about 20cm (8 inches) but it looked pretty when I walked that afternoon.




first snow 2012
Small patches of slushy ice had begun to form on the pond.




drive by barn setting sun
This was a drive-by shooting snapped in November on our way home from a baby shower. Frank's sister was driving and I was snapping photos from the back seat.



driveby trees and sign
I thought this one had a bit of a surreal look to it. I'm not even sure what it is that I like about it, but I do. And perhaps you will also.

And now, without further delay, here are the Posts of the Week. The icon below is yours for the taking if if your blog post is named as a POTW.



 

A GOOD READ:

A Holiday Story From My Childhood
by Linda
at Ye Olde Crone's Gazette

Christmas Karma
by Wendy
at Changes With Seasons



JUST PLAIN GOOD:

Eternally Absent
by Reena
at Missing Moments


Christmas Eve Reflections
by Michael
at Michael Manning.TV



PHOTOGRAPHY:

One Step at a Time
by Daniel
at The Pixel Collective



CUTE:

Train Talk
by Shammickite
at Rook's Nest



 


Please drop by their blogs for a visit and leave a kind comment if you have the time. Also, please feel free to add your own choices (for any blog except this one) for a specific blog post in the comments section below, where others can see them.

Thank you

53 comments:

ADRIAN said...

The first image is perfect.

Cloudia said...

Sparkling awesome images; but the final one is A R T !


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Linda said...

Oh, I love that first picture, with the snow and trees and sun and shadow. Just gorgeous. We probably got about half the amount of snow that you did. But it's just as pretty. :)

Out on the prairie said...

Amazing shots, I agree with Linda how nice the 1st one is.

Pierre BOYER said...

Lovely winter serie...
Happy new year and best regards from Paris !

Pierre

Andy said...

The last photo with the surreal look remind me of a Alfred Hitchcock movie.

A Cuban In London said...

Happy New Year to you and yours! :-)

Greetings from London.

Dianne said...

the trees casting their majestic shadows on the snow is so wonderful!!
I love how you call 8 inches of snow not much
here they call it a state of emergency

brava to POTWers

Brian Miller said...

that second drive by is really cool...love the tree and the sun and how the light and shadow play with each other...congrats to the POTW

TexWisGirl said...

wonderful choices for the POTW. again. :)

and thank you for sharing these beautiful images. loved the barn shot!!!

Linda Wildenstein said...

I love the last photo...like you it says something to my "innards". And thanks for the compliment of POTW. The others were all great. I always enjoy your taste....in reading and touching stories. Great job once again.
Oma Linda

Red said...

If you do this well with drive by shooting keep it up...sunset silhouette...awesome.
Photographers have a lot of fun with new snow.

Maggie May said...

That snow really does look deep and crisp and even!
Lovely pictures.
Maggie x

Nuts in May

messymimi said...

Snow always does look so pretty -- but i'd like it more if i didn't have to practically freeze to death to have it!

ellen abbott said...

Oh Hilary, those first two photos are just stunning!

~JarieLyn~ said...

OMG, that first photo took my breath away. It is stunning, and I really like your drive-by shot too. So amazing.

Pearl said...

I prefer pics of winter to actually being IN it. :-)

Speaking of which, can you do something about the cold air you insist on sending to Minnesota? My fingers have been cold since Thursday...

Pearl

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Your photos are stunning--especially the first one! The combo of blue, white and black are gorgeous. Congrats to all the POTW winners! It's so generous of you to do this, Hilary!

Indrani Ghose said...

Excellent shots!

the Bag Lady said...

Happy New Year, my friend!

Daryl E said...

beautiful snow .. keep it up there please

Gillian Olson said...

Beautiful images, really like the light in the last one.

Slamdunk said...

Though I am not a fan of winter, I enjoy looking at the sparkles; even better when I see your cold shots from the warmth of my front room.

Off to follow some of your POTW.

Lisa Gordon said...

These are beautiful, Hilary, and it is always such a pleasure to visit you here.

Wishing you all wonderful things in 2013.

xo.

Gary's third pottery blog said...

wow, that BARN...and the first snow and sun too, niiiiiice :)

Gayle said...

OMG, totally BREATHTAKING, photo #1. I cannot stop looking at it. What a perfect holiday greeting card it would be. You are so totally an artist!!!! I so dearly love that you share your unique talent with us.

Happy New Year to you and yours.

Kerri said...

Love your "drive bys" !

Country Girl said...

Gorgeous, artful images. Wonderful, Hilary.

Wendy said...

What stunning photography, Hilary! I have to agree with Andy - that spooky pic looks like something from an Alfred Hitchcock movie (or Stephen King).
I can just see something scary written on that dark diamond-shaped road sign, once the light hits it....

"Welcome to Evil Village! You have 3 seconds to turn your car around or it will be swallowed by a mud monster disguised as a tree! cackle, cackle cackle....!"

Thanks for the lovely surprise! A POTW award!
I am honoured. And will check out the other blog posts.

Barb said...

The stark trees in all your shots epitomize winter. I DO like that last shot - it seems like a warning of some sort.

Michael Manning said...

What special images you have captured here today--and throughout the year--Hilary. I am exceedingly grateful to you for your kindness with the POTW. I only wish I had your gift of photography! You have a big heart, and it's always a special treasure to stop in! Happy New Year! :)

Shammickite said...

Woohoo... Wendy told me that I have a POTW! Thanks so much Hilary. But it's all due to those two little boys....

lime said...

oh, i think that top picture is just glorious!

yaya said...

Wow, love pic #1~captured it perfectly. We had the same snow here. It does make it looks all clean and sparkly outside. (if we had any sun that is!)The last pic makes me think a heavenly personage will come out from behind that tree. Beautiful. Happy New Year!

Stephen Hayes said...

In that last picture it's all about that mysterious sign and imagining what it says. Happy New Year.

Frank Baron said...

That last was a "Wow!" shot. :)

Midlife Jobhunter said...

The photos are beautiful, but they also remind me why I now live in the South. 30 degrees tonight and all my plants are living inside with me. Brrr. But no snow shovels and a high of 61 tomorrow. Pretty photos, though. Makes me want to visit, for a short time.

Nadezda said...

Hillary, I love your first photo! The lower sun and sun rays on the snow. Great!

Along These Lines ..... said...

May all your images be sharp and bright in the New Year

ladyfi said...

Oh, such joyful and beautiful shots!

Mage said...

Good new year wishes to you and yours. ;0

photowannabe said...

I am amazed by your "drive by" shots. Beee-u-ti-ful!
I'm finally getting around to commenting on posts too.
Happy 2013!

Haddock said...

Wonderful pictures , especially the first one with the long shadows.

Jedidja said...

I love the first photo! It is e very beautiful pic and whem I clos my eyes I dream I am there ...

Glo said...

Beautiful photos as usual :) Congratulations to the POTW recipients, which I really enjoyed.

Laura said...

so gorgeous hilary... that first photo is amazing!!! Happy New Year dear one!

Tabor said...

These drive-bys are great. And I find that I am a lookie-loo.

She Who Carries Camera said...

That first shot is breathtaking! Happy New Year, Hilary!

Linda said...

Your first snow is beautiful. 8 inches may be a little one for you, but here that would be a major snowstorm. None in our forecast any time soon, :(

Betty Manousos said...

dera hilary, you know how much i love your photography.
that first one is incredibly charming and gorgeous and amaxing! i'd go on and on.

again. wonderful choices for the POTW.

big hugs~

Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

I want to climb into that first photograph!

I have managed to keep my Reader's unread posts below the 300 mark, but just barely. Slowly whittling away and posting lightly until then. Thank you for not giving up on me! ♥

Barbara said...

So beautiful, but I truly want to just jump in that first one and take a walk!

Zuzana said...

Dear Hilary, happy 2013 my dear friend.;)For some reason my computer refuses to load your images, but I can imagine they are so stunning.;)
I rather that this year the summer would not arrive too soon...;)
xoxo