Sunday, January 9, 2011

Sunday stills:

Now excuse me if I am wrong but I did things that start with the letter W rather than the letter W itself. I honestly did not think about this until now. I got a few shots but nothing to write home about. I had a big bout of winter, not at home necessarily but on my road trip 14 hours up north.

After a sizable storm dumping a good foot of snow on us and the worst white knuckle drive of my life in a storm I awoke the next day to a lovely windless winter day. I quickly donned my boots and grabbed my camera and took a hike up the hill behind my friends house. No one else wanted to come, the winter was too much for them. So alone I scrambled up the hill, quite literally as it was steep and there was ice under the fresh foot of powder. The further I trekked the more beautiful it became. Far into the bush no wind touched these trees that were lower down.


Winter wonderland

There was no evidence of any other life having walked where I did since the storm but back in the bush where there is no wind it's eerie. I could hear old pines creaking as they leaned up against each other and swayed gently in the wind. I could hear ravens cackling not far off, watching me from their roosts in the trees. I really did intend on walking to the river but my path was blocked by a large tree that fell down with really no way to get over or under it without breaking my neck on the ice. Oh well, another time. I got smart on the way down the hill and took out my trusty leatherman (oh how I love it and it's many tools like the saw) and sawed myself a nice walking stick. It was a lovely hike.

We have been getting a centimeter or so of snow here a day. It makes for little icicles on horse whiskers and great bokeh shots (more on that for an upcoming post)
Wintery whiskers.

Whats the weather like where you are? I never thought I would say this but I kind of, sort of hope we get more snow before I head to school in Oklahoma. That would be nice to take the sleigh out one more time.

21 comments:

chloephotography said...

both shots are lovely

Ed said...

Love the whiskers pic..:-)

robinsnest3 said...

Whiskers! Creative! And, I can't believe how much snow you guys have.

dibear said...

Beautiful Winter Wonderland shot. :)

achieve1dream said...

Great pictures!

Where in Oklahoma are you going to school? I know you've probably said already, but I haven't had time to go back and read the posts I've missed.

Sydney_bitless said...

Thanks guys. Even though I was up north and it was -12 most days a sweatshirt and vest would do you good for being outside for a wile if you were moving. Here it is always humid and -4 seems WAAAAY colder. Plus there's no wind up north like there is here because our land is so, so flat.

I am going to the Oklahoma school of horseshoeing, it's just a few minutes from Purcell.

achieve1dream said...

That's cool! I considered doing that for a while but I don't think my back would hold up to it. Have fun!!

Jessie McCandless said...

Beautiful pictures! Looks really frosty. We're getting ready for 2 inches of snow and it's a huge deal here. Hard to imagine getting that much snow and being ready for more :)

Brenda said...

I just love the snow on the pines! It's snowing here today, and I'm sure over the next 2 days, I'll have many winter photos! have a safe trip back to school.

Oregon Equestrian said...

I love the Winter Whiskers. Very creative angle.

In Oregon's Willamette Valley we are wet with our usual gray overcast. The meteorologists are saying we may have a skiff of snow or snow/rain mix by mid-week. I'll believe it when I see it.

Tammy said...

Yes, you did capture a winter wonderland.

Snowing here in Nebraska. Our first noteable snow, so I just might survive winter this year!

Tammy said...

Yes, you did capture a winter wonderland.

Snowing here in Nebraska. Our first noteable snow, so I just might survive winter this year!

Golden the Pony Girl said...

Hey there! I have a couple of questions for you about the nutural bridles before i finaly purchase one! Do you have an email I could use? Thanks!

Desert Rose said...

Amazing pictures! great job!

Janice said...

Loved the whiskers.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

I'm actually surprised you didn't take the sleigh instead of going for a forest hike in the snow.
All that creaking would have freaked me out with all the heavy snow on the trees.
I once was out hiking soon after a big snow storm and a large tree cracked and fell down right behind me, not 6 feet from where I had just been hiking on the trail. Scared the you-know-what out of me!

~Lisa

Sydney_bitless said...

Oh I would have loved to take the sleigh out in that lovely fluffy snow. However both sleigh and horse were 14 hours away at home.

CTG Ponies said...

Great shots! Cold and snowy here with lots of wind.

Crystal said...

Wow that tree looks so neat with all that snow on it. You could share some of our snow, I was stranded in Ponoka all weekend because of snow.

Regular Guy said...

Nice whiskers shot.

Far Side of Fifty said...

Great shots both of them! I also wondered what you were going to school in OK for..shoeing..wonderful!! I wish you the very best..I hope we will keep hearing from you! :)

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