Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The Blizzard of 2010

I can't believe more than a week has gone by and I have not yet blogged about the blizzard! Well, I guess I can believe it. It's been a bit, um, busy around here.

Being outside of Boston, we were hit with snow and wind but thankfully our grand total of snow accumulation was only about 18 inches. We did have drifts and snow banks that were almost as tall as me though. I took this picture of our deck on Monday morning. Keep in mind that it was still snowing, albeit lightly, and continued to do so until after lunch time.


We moved into this house during the fall when the girls were still babies. I remember that first winter collapsing onto my bed after all three babies were successfully napping in their cribs. Sometimes I would sleep (only to be awakened much too soon by my habitually short nappers). Sometimes I would read. Sometimes I would simply stare out the window. It's amazing how easy it is just to stare out the window.

So anyway, there were times that winter when the world outside my window appeared black and white. Void of any color. I always wanted to capture it via a photograph but, photographically speaking, I didn't know what I was doing. I loved photography but I didn't know how to take an idea and make it work. Now I do. And the weather conditions were perfect.


One of my "Christmas presents" this year was a Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens, which I used for the above photo. (When I refer to something as a "Christmas present" it simply means that I bought it for myself in the month of December.) I love the wide angle and character that the distortion adds to the photo.

I was at home on Monday, the day that the storm ended, and the girls kept asking to play outside in the snow but it was FREEZING out, very windy and still lightly snowing. Some of the wind gusts during the heart of the storm were equivalent to those of a Category 1 hurricane. So yeah, windy. By mid-afternoon, we had reached the "now or never because the sun is about to go down" time period. Still very windy but I bundled the girls up, which took FOREVER, and out we went.

Allie was the adventuresome one for this outing.


I decided to lug the three of them one by one over to a snow drift. Yes, I torture my children.


Take a look at the trees in the photo. Do you see the white dots? That's not snow falling. That's snow blowing at a very high speed.

And here's a picture of the fence from this summer so you can see how deep the snow is in front of it.


At least one of my kids had some fun.



But in all honesty, it was horrible out there. The wind was blowing icy pellets in our faces so we didn't last long. We trudged back inside, snuggled under some blankies on the couch and watched Beauty and the Beast.

I have to note how much I saved this year by not having to purchase any winter gear for the girls. Those are their winter coats from last year which still fit. I have two more sets (one gifted, one purchased at bottom clearance at Carter's) of winter coats in storage for future years. The snow pants, in size 24 months, still fit from last winter as well, along with hats and mittens. We had three pairs of snow boots last winter - two in size 6 and one in size 5. Anna and Em are wearing the size 6 boots and Allie has been wearing a pair in size 8 (still a bit big) that I picked up on clearance last spring. The size 5 boots went to the girls' cousin Maggie!

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Anonymous said...

please enter that awesome picture of those houses to a contest! i looooooove that lens!

kdliberty said...

Nice blizzard! I survived the Blizzard of 1978 while living in Melrose. I think the snow is prettier from this one.

Sarah said...

And I thought what we got hit with the week before (in Chicago) was bad! Ha! I went and voted! Thanks for the link!


Meg said...

I love these pictures! The one of the houses is really great. And all that snow?! I'm totally jealous ~ it looks like fun! :)

Marcia (123 blog) said...

I love, love, love that 2nd pic - beautiful!!!

Gina said...

Great pics!

Cindy said...

Your snow pictures are awesome. They truly capture the beauty of New England winters.

My favorite picture, though, is of Emily & Anna crying, while Allie is having the time of her life out there.

That blizzard was fierce - 35-60 MPH winds blowing that icy snow in your face - that hurt!

Allan F. said...

That's a lot of snow. I got that Tokina lens for rock shows a year ago and am loving it. Have fun with that gift.

Sarah said...

Thanks,everyone. kdliberty - I survived the Blizzard of '78 too! LOL I remember my parents pulling us in a sled down the main streets.

Allan F - I would LOVE to be able to photograph a rock show! My dream..... I was thinking that this would be a cool lens for some shots too.