Monday, February 8, 2010

Snowbound 4

I’ve decided that these last few posts will have to be my Snowbound vignette series because seriously folks, I am still snowbound from the storm that hit Friday night and all day Saturday. A plow showed up late last night after the Super Bowl which sort of surprised me. And his truck is still sitting stuck in the middle of our driveway.

Luckily, I have nowhere to go and am secretly enjoying the isolation here. I think it’s good for the soul to have a little isolation now and then.

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My husband and I spent the late morning cleaning in different parts of the house. It’s so nice having two people doing chores because they get done so much quicker.

We started another puzzle. There is something quieting about working slowly on putting puzzle pieces together. I was also working on Pioneer Woman’s latest photo assignment which is shallow depth of field. I shot the photo above on an aperture of 4, focusing on the mug at the very front of the shot. I shot the photo below on an aperture of 5.4. This is a photo of [my favorite furniture polish]. Ever. I love how it makes your wood gleam and the scent is beautiful. I didn’t enter either of these; I was just playing around.

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For this assignment (which is really a contest where the odds of winning are a gazillion to one), you are permitted to enter only one photo per day. Today I entered [this one]. I did get a little freaked out when I added it to her Flickr group pool, though. The group pool had been up for just a few hours and already there were over 24,000 submissions. I thought I had arrived at the wrong place and it was an older assignment.

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It’s a beautiful day here in Maryland. The Baltimore schools, which are about an hour away, have already closed for the next two days. Our area is slated to get more snow tomorrow night into Wednesday.

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I think I’ll take my cup of tea out to the front porch where I can sit in the sunshine. The sun has been packing down all that snow making it even heavier. It’s pretty chilly outside but in that sun, it just plain beautiful.

All photos taken with a Nikon D80

Until my next post then . . .

Update: I just received a call that our school will be closed for tomorrow and Wednesday. Wow.

44 comments:

Mental P Mama said...

I think are actually going to get this next one...love Mrs. Cardinal;)

Annie said...

mmm...more snow...wow.

But I love your snow photos Kate...just very special....love that one that you entered in the contest...I can't imagine having to deal with 24,00 entries on a blog competition...I am so glad to be little boring me!

Merisi said...

I love shallow depth of field!
It is like writing a short story instead of a novel, paring down to the essence. Your images work beautifully!

sanjeet said...

..love that one that you entered in the contest.
How to make a website

Julie Harward said...

The photo is perfect...good luck! I think some isolation time is good too and it sounds like you are enjoying it. When you can get going again, that will be wonderful too! Come say hi :D

Razzberry Corner said...

I've been outside shoveling all this snow since Sat. I'm really tired out! I've cleared my front and back porches and made a walk to the chicken coop. And shoveled out 2 cars. My husband has been out all day plowing. This MD snow is alot of work, but it sure is pretty! I think I'm ready for Tuesday's snow...

Low Tide High Style said...

Hubby and son are off to make another attempt at clearing the driveway at the farm. I'm staying inside with the pups and enjoying a little "me" time!

Hope we don't get the 8 - 10 extra inches they are calling for. And I hope your photo wins...I think it's a winner already! Love the bird pics, so pretty!

Kat :)

The Japanese Redneck said...

That's bad when the snow plow get's stuck.

Stay warm. Snuggle up with George.

Love your pictures.

maggie said...

Just new to your blog. Wow you've been busy. Beautiful blog. How did you learn to do the blog-be so creative? Is there a help site?
What lens do you use for the bird shots? You've got me excited about photography.

Daniel Dragomirescu said...

Interesting chronicles.
Daniel D. Peaceman, editor and authot of the novel "Chronicle of a Lost World"
E-mail: drgdaniel@yahoo.com

Barb T. said...

Do you have built in snow days like I did in Wisconsin? One year we missed so much school, the year was extended by almost 2 weeks! yikes!
I love all of your snow/bird/etc. photos!
Enjoy your time off!

Country Girl said...

Thanks all.

Hi, Maggie and welcome. I tried to respond to you but your profile doesn't have your e-mail available for me to respond.

I use a Blogger template called Minima. If you want to know what template any blogger uses, you can right click on the blog's home page and go to 'view source'.

I tweaked my template just a little with the html code. I have the body copy width set to accommodate the large photos. I also use Windows Live Writer which is a free download. I use that rather than Blogger to post my blog. I hope this little bit of information helps. I got a little help from a blogging pal I met along the way. I chose the background color myself with the color sampler tool in Photoshop.

I'm sure this is a lot to take in.

Thanks everyone! And as I write this, my driveway is being cleared!

~ C.G.

Char said...

lovely thoughts and such. glad you're enjoying the peace.

good luck with the composition.

willow said...

I love when I have help with the chores. They get done so much quicker and it keeps me on track. (I'm SO easily distracted)

Carolynn said...

Beautiful photos. As much as I dislike a large gathering of white stuff in one place, I envy your snow day(s) at home. Very peaceful and relaxing. I have one puzzle that I like and never quite finished. I've been thinking about pulling it out again, but I don't have the time to address all the other things I want to do, so it will have to wait.

I like all your photos. Good luck!

Diane said...

Day 4, still no snow. But it was a beautiful misty morning on the way to work.

I love puzzles!

Marsha's Mpressions said...

beautiful snow photos in this post and below!!!!

beth said...

I think I need to check out this pioneer woman...if you like her, I'm sure I will, too....

enjoy your inside playing and snuggling time !

Ann On and On... said...

I say you won...at least in my book. The fact that she has so many readers is crazy. Move over Oprah.

I wish I was snowed in, it sounds wonderful!

Marla said...

Enjoy your little vacation at home...

That picture is perfect.

A New England Life said...

Closed Mon, Tues, and Wed? Holy Cow! You aren't living in New Hampshire that's for sure! Ha haa!

Enjoy your quiet time. I'm thinking that same thing about the photo contest, it's a million to one shot. I thought about entering but then thought 'not'. PW must have a corporation running her blog by now.

Ms. ~K said...

I always enjoy my visits here.
~K

Nicolezmomma said...

So what happened to the driver of the truck?

Your photos are beautiful and I hope you win!

Country Girl said...

Ah, good question, Nicolezmamma. Another set of headlights appeared after the truck got stuck. I think it was a tractor that picked him up. They came back today, 3 men with a bigger pickup truck. The driver told me he'd been clearing this driveway for years and he'd only gotten stuck three times.

~ C.G.

Ellen said...

When I first started reading Pioneer woman, there were about 25 people commenting. I actually had one of the finalist titles for her "love story" - mine was "The Hiney Tingle Chronicles". But then that High Heels title won. Bummer.

maggie said...

Thanks for so freely sharing info.
One more question..How do you do the photo collage? mdumbarton@gmail.com

nancy in ks said...

Hi Kate! Well, in Kansas we have a little white stuff like your white stuff, but not nearly as much. We got about 6-7" last night.

Anyway. I'm wondering if that 24,000 is the total number of submissions PW, has from all her photo contests. I went looking at her pages of entries until it got into the Christmas bokeh contest and it wasn't that many pages. And since I got into the bokeh contest entries, I'm thinking it's a cumulative number from all her contests. Looking forward to all your entries.

Deb said...

great photos Kate...good luck with your contest...

TSannie said...

Enjoy the mini vacay! See you SOON!

Hilary said...

Love these but I was mildly disappointed to discover that was a furniture polish. I was hoping you were going to recommend a new belly warmer. ;)

Anonymous said...

I love your Snowbound series! The photos through your windows are exceptional. I like all of your photos but especially the birds. The one of your husband and George in the distance is neat.

After reading the word bokeh so many times I had to find the definition. I like the style (is that the correct terminology?)

GillLink

ELK said...

those birds..goodness they are beautiful...do you feed them?

stay warm enjoy the snow days!

Leslie: said...

It was on Canada's news about the big snowstorms that have hit the East! I can't believe it since our crocuses are in bloom and my tulips are halfway up!

bv said...

oh to be snowed in...we were twice, at lake tahoe while sking....heaven. there is nothing in the world as guiet as snow. i think we are given these times as alittle gift. soon enough the work will follow but just right now it is lovely.
bv

cottage farm villa said...

I can't stand it!!!! I am so jealous of your snow, sun, and isolation! You Lucky Girl!!

All we have is rain, dreary skies, and more rain, and cold dreary rain. UGH!!!! and on top of it...I have to go to work!

CarlaHR said...

Good morning Kate, enjoy your days of "freedom". Thank you for sharing those beautiful photos - you manage to make the mundane look beautiful. You are really inspiring me to finally look at the instruction manual for my new camera so that I can try some of those shots myself. Unfortunately I do not have all those beautiful cardinals to photograph - I do hear them sometimes but they refuse to show themselves. We do have nut hatches, juncos and chickadees and from time to time a sap sucker shows up as well.

Nurse Nancy said...

So beautiful...I hope you are a finalist as you deserve it.
Enjoy the quiet time and beauty around you.

These Nine Acres said...

The cardinals are out and about...so pretty against the white snow.

Jo said...

Love the photos of the little birds...! Gorgeous.

Please send some snow our way... *sigh* *heh*

just jill said...

all your photos are gorgeous (i just peeked at flickr as well). found you through beth @ be yourself. i'll be coming back for more! enjoy your time off!

noble pig said...

I love the idea of being snowbound!

Meg @ Soup Is Not A Finger Food said...

Montgomery County just closed FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK. Here's hoping we are able to enjoy the luxuries of electricity and heat during the break from real life!

Kerri said...

LOVE your birds!!!

Chrissykat said...

Hey...is that a Fishs Eddy mug??? LOVE that store!

Fairly new to your blog. Trying to catch up & I am really enjoying it!