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Old 01-18-2009, 08:05 PM   #1
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Arrow Photo Challenge #18 - Winter Blues {1-18-09}

So bleak and bleary, this winter weather dreary.

Does the winter weather feel like it's been around forever? And like it's just going to continue dragging on and on? It may be giving you the 'blues' but let's see if we can turn that around into something interesting by looking at it with a new perspective. How can you make the dead of winter seem more exciting and well, alive! Maybe you can find something that seems lonely and give it a new spin. Maybe it's just a dead leaf, a frozen pond, or a snow covered bush - whatever it is - Show us your perked-up 'Winter Blues'!


ETA: This isn't a challenge to find blue colored things!

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Fun challenge Angie! It's still in the 50's and 60's here so it doesn't feel like winter, but let me see if I can capture a New Mexico winter in photos.

I love your photos btw, ecspecially the photo of the icicles on the bench! Gorgeous!
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Here are my winter blues photos. They were taken in a field close to my home.
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Connie, your photos make winter look beautiful. I love sky in the first one.
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Angie, I love the angle of your icicle-bench photo. I love it in the sepia tones.
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Wow you must have ESP. I was just outside shoveling and snowblowing for the last two hours. Then I figured a picture of the house would be a great pic for my Project 365 Photo of the day. So here is my Winter Blues. I'm tired of the snow but it can be beautiful.
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Angie your bench photo is awesome.
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Wow, I wish my winter blues actually included snow, but that's rare in my part of Texas Beautiful photos ladies!
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Diana, I love your photos of the snow on the lawn chairs. I'm glad that you can see the beauty in the snow, just not the 2 hr inconvience.
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Connie, your photos make winter look beautiful. I love sky in the first one.
Thanks so much MariLynn. I like that one too!
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Connie, gorgeous photos! So serene and beautiful!

Diana, your photos make me miss home. This is our first winter in a place where it doesn't snow and I actually miss the snow. O.k. so I could never miss the 2+ hours of shoveling but I miss the snow.
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I love winter. The colder it is the happier I am. However, last week our negative temps disappeared when a Pineapple Express shot up here from Hawaii. Our temps soared into the mid-40's and rain wiped out the 3+ ft of snow I had in the yard. I cant wait for colder temps and more snow.

The first 2 were taken the day before the rain arrived. One is a field right down the road,where we sometimes see moose grazing. Next is the eaves above the dryer vent and then the last picture is when the rain moved in--we got freezing rain first and when we headed out to the store the roads were covered with ice and slush.
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Connie, gorgeous photos! So serene and beautiful!

Diana, your photos make me miss home. This is our first winter in a place where it doesn't snow and I actually miss the snow. O.k. so I could never miss the 2+ hours of shoveling but I miss the snow.
Thanks. I could send you some snow. hehehhe
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I love winter. The colder it is the happier I am. However, last week our negative temps disappeared when a Pineapple Express shot up here from Hawaii. Our temps soared into the mid-40's and rain wiped out the 3+ ft of snow I had in the yard. I cant wait for colder temps and more snow.

The first 2 were taken the day before the rain arrived. One is a field right down the road,where we sometimes see moose grazing. Next is the eaves above the dryer vent and then the last picture is when the rain moved in--we got freezing rain first and when we headed out to the store the roads were covered with ice and slush.
Wow, you must be a hearty person. We had -4 last week and I was ready to pack my bags and head south.

I have to say your third picture is eerily stunning. I love storm clouds/skies. great pictures.
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I love winter. The colder it is the happier I am. However, last week our negative temps disappeared when a Pineapple Express shot up here from Hawaii. Our temps soared into the mid-40's and rain wiped out the 3+ ft of snow I had in the yard. I cant wait for colder temps and more snow.

The first 2 were taken the day before the rain arrived. One is a field right down the road,where we sometimes see moose grazing. Next is the eaves above the dryer vent and then the last picture is when the rain moved in--we got freezing rain first and when we headed out to the store the roads were covered with ice and slush.

I like the one you took of the field.
Your cold air came my way and I am glad to say it didn't stay.
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great pictures everyone! Nice to see there can be some sunshine along with snow - not here though, it has snowed at least part of every day for the last 2 weeks

I am submitting something that is very alive, a sharp shinned hawk with breakfast. Every winter one or more comes in from the country to get the easy pickin's at my feeders

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Angie, great challenge. I, too, love the sepia tone. It seems to fit the picture perfectly.

Connie, I bet that field is gorgeous in the summer.

Diana, I'm diggin' the lawnchairs. It makes me chuckle but I somehow feel the promise of Spring under it all. You also have a lovely house.

Lisa, the 2nd picture of where the dryer vent is looks FREEZING!!! It must be weird to have that up and down of temps.

Joann, that hawk is amazing - awesome photo.

I took these this morning. We live too close to the ocean to get much snow but last night we had a powdery inch or two. Good for shovelling and skiing but not so good for snowmen.
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great pictures everyone! Nice to see there can be some sunshine along with snow - not here though, it has snowed at least part of every day for the last 2 weeks

I am submitting something that is very alive, a sharp shinned hawk with breakfast. Every winter one or more comes in from the country to get the easy pickin's at my feeders

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Joann, I love how your hawk photo turned out. His feathers are gorgeous.
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Connie - those are great! I especially love the low perspective of the first one - I can just about feel that snow!
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Wow, Angie- that bench is incredible! You chose the perfect angle to really capture it too! Great job!
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Diana,

Love the chairs in the snow - what a fun comparison from one season to another! Looks like you worked hard on that snow shovelling!
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Lisa, those are wonderful. Interesting to see what the ice did under the eaves! Your landscapes are marvelous!
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Okay, right about now I'm wishing I had just posted one large comment - sorry for all these little posts!

Surflola - I love that swing - sure sums up winter at the playground doesn't it?
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Angie, great challenge. I, too, love the sepia tone. It seems to fit the picture perfectly.

Connie, I bet that field is gorgeous in the summer.

Diana, I'm diggin' the lawnchairs. It makes me chuckle but I somehow feel the promise of Spring under it all. You also have a lovely house.

Lisa, the 2nd picture of where the dryer vent is looks FREEZING!!! It must be weird to have that up and down of temps.

Joann, that hawk is amazing - awesome photo.

I took these this morning. We live too close to the ocean to get much snow but last night we had a powdery inch or two. Good for shovelling and skiing but not so good for snowmen.
I like the repetitive nature of your third photo. The swing with snow on it is interesting too.
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I am submitting something that is very alive, a sharp shinned hawk with breakfast. Every winter one or more comes in from the country to get the easy pickin's at my feeders

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That is an awesome photo.
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Angie, great challenge. I, too, love the sepia tone. It seems to fit the picture perfectly.

Connie, I bet that field is gorgeous in the summer.

Diana, I'm diggin' the lawnchairs. It makes me chuckle but I somehow feel the promise of Spring under it all. You also have a lovely house.

Lisa, the 2nd picture of where the dryer vent is looks FREEZING!!! It must be weird to have that up and down of temps.

Joann, that hawk is amazing - awesome photo.

I took these this morning. We live too close to the ocean to get much snow but last night we had a powdery inch or two. Good for shovelling and skiing but not so good for snowmen.
Thanks... Can you believe we have two bbq grills out there too and yup one in beside the chairs.. good grief. I guess that is what I get for listening to dh (he said he would put them in the storage, HA).

Your photos look great. I love the perspective on the fencing.
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Connie - those are great! I especially love the low perspective of the first one - I can just about feel that snow!
Thanks, it's a good thing I had snow pants on because I was laying on the ground to get that one.
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For you ladies who actually get snow and also scrapbook...

(I live in Texas so our "snow" is a couple of inches once a year).

Be sure to use the blank canvas to your scrapbooking advantage.



I've used this on a few scrapbooking pages and as the beginning of a summary video for the year.

And I need to share a funny on my son who was 3 at the time of this snow last year. The neighbors built a 4 foot tall snow man in their yard, complete with scarf, gloves, stick arms, etc. My kids were sleeping while they built it, so when they got up, they bundled up and we went to check it out. The poor kid had never seen snow before and had never seen a "real" snowman. So as we approached, he freaked out! He said he didn't want to get any closer. I couldn't figure out why he wanted to stand in a freezing puddle on the street instead of standing next to the snowman for a picture. He asked, "will it move?" Poor kid thought it was alive. That's ok, he'll be 10 before we have enough snow here again to build a tall snow man like that.
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And, Lisa has a friend whose last name is also "Clark". She "borrowed" the picture for her own scrapbooking/video needs. That cracked me up.
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I went out and got some really neat photos to share with you gals, at least I think they are neat.
Here are the first 3. The first photo was taken at the steel casting plant next to my office. There is a pipe that has steam that comes out of the building. When it hits this little bush it turns to ice. I tried to capture the steam coming up off the ground, because steam and ice seemed like a neat combo for a photo. The second photo were some little flower stems in a flower bed next to where I drop my fedex packages everyday. The third was a little tree up on a hill next to the road.
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The best thing about where I live is the bald eagles that come every winter to fish on the Mississippi river. Here are some of the eagles that I saw today.

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One more. This is showing big chunks of ice that were pushed up on the river.
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And yes that is 7 bald eagles in the third photo.
MariLynn, these eagle pictures are awesome. I've only ever seen one or two of them. They are truely majestic. When we have big birds roosting in trees around here, they're usually turkey vultures - YUK! We have lots of hawks around but you only ever see one at a time roosting.
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Marilynn---i swear those eagles are POSING for you!!!! Fantastic shots!

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not much sunshine and when it does come out its gone quickly so feel the blues alot here. I did go on a scrapbooking retreat this weekend and got a few great shots from that.
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Old 01-19-2009, 05:07 PM   #37
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The best thing about where I live is the bald eagles that come every winter to fish on the Mississippi river. Here are some of the eagles that I saw today.

And yes that is 7 bald eagles in the third photo.
i didn't know that you got eagles there very cool
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love them all but really love name in the snow, the fence posts, the ice from the ceiling, lawn chairs lol, the hawk (post that on the bird shot one too) and the sunny creek.

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Wow! Those Bald Eagles are beautiful! So are the snow pictures. Very peaceful. Thanks for sharing!
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A couple!
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