My biggest problem with getting pictures of the snow was getting out of our Villa. As you can see in these pictures, most of our windows and doors were banked with snow and we could not get them open. I had to push the snow out of the way with the door even on our most protected porch in order to get the front door open for Misty.
I waited until Sunday noon to take the picture looking out the east facing garage door. The heat of the sun had melted it some up against the door and the winds had scoured much of it away. I fell in the snow twice while trudging through it earlier to reach the plowed road, but I held my camera up above the snow. The snow at the end of the driveway had been piled up by the contractors and was hard to get through. In the past the contractors usually cleared the driveway and our front walk overnight, but I still haven’t seen them (8 am, Monday 25 Jan). Addendum: They cleared our driveway right after I posted.
We have drifts in the back that look to be about 5 feet high but I haven’t been able to get around there to get pictures.
Marcia bought an electric snow blower this year just so she could clear a path for Misty to take care of her business. The path (below) goes out the front door and circles around behind the shrubs. The snow wasn’t as deep there since it was being blow away; but that also meant that she had to clear it over and over every 2 or 3 hours while it was snowing since the path kept filling up. Unfortunately, the blower is too small to use to clear a path to the street or out the back doors. Maybe we should have gotten a larger one, but that is something I didn’t think we would need living here. With global warming and wild swings in the weather I might have to revisit the issue of snow removal along with other potential issues like long-term power outages, etc.
I finally decided to not wait for the contractors to clear us out and walked down to the main buildings. I was quite surprised by the terrific job the staff had done to clear all of the roads and sidewalks around Town Hall and the Community Center. This was the 9 am hour of today and the staff had been working since 7 pm on Friday.
Those of us living in the Independent Living Section are not as lucky. We have to wait on contractors to get to our driveways and walks.
The following are some of the pictures I took on my walk. Make sure to click on one and then cycle through them in gallery mode to view them larger.
The reason I haven’t been taking blog pictures or posting much lately is that I have been busy with other photography interests, thoughts, and ideas. I have also been selling cameras and ordering a new one. I haven’t finished, but I am trying to simplify and reduce the amount of gear I have. I will be writing about it later.
I had to make a quick trip to the market this morning and I took these pictures from inside the car while waiting on my wife. If you look closely, you can see that we had snow flurries this morning.
On 7 March, AccuWeather.com said that the actual low temperature at Hanover, PA, USA was minus 12 degrees F and was a record low. On the 9th of March the high temperature was 56 degrees F.
I think that the wild swings in weather that we are seeing around the globe will be the big surprises to most people who seem to not have an appreciation for the effects of slight increases in the earth’s average temperature.