Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year!

I hope you are all having a happy new year's day, and that 2018 is off to a great start for you. It is off to a very cold start where I am! It's 5° now and according to the internet, it feels like -13° out there. I'm not going to go outside to find out how it feels!

In keeping with the cold theme, and also the New Year theme, I'm going to share some photos I've been saving up of the fresh, clean snow. I thought fresh snow on a bright sunny day is a good symbol for a new year. And come to think of it, this bridge is a symbol in itself - a bridge from one year to the next.

So getting off to our fresh start here... I took this first set of photos on a cold day a few weeks back in the downtown village area. I was in a small park, across this bridge.

It was very peaceful, being the only person out there. I think the temperature had a lot to do with that!

Aren't blue shadows on the snow pretty?

This one is of the bridge railing. That snow doesn't even look real. It looks like some kind of fluffy dessert topping.

A creek runs under the bridge.

You can get an idea of its outline better here.

These rocks looked like a series of mushrooms or marshmallows.

A little bit of snow melting on the bridge:

This photo is my computer's wallpaper now. I really like the look of the red berries against that bright, blue sky.

It's fun to see any sign of plant life in winter. You might remember seeing these berries in one of my autumn blog posts.

This next set of photos was taken in a local park. 

This next picture was one I was hoping to get that day. The sun shining through this area of trees reminds me of The Nightmare Before Christmas, when Jack is walking through the forest, looking at different holiday doors on the trees.

What do you think?

A link for those who don't get the videos:

The Nightmare Before Christmas - Forest Scene

There was this cool situation where part of the water had turned to ice and part had not. We must have been at just the right in-between temperature for that to happen.

I thought it was so pretty when the sun came out and there was this warmth in the trees, next to that ice and snow.

I was trying to photograph the deer that was leaning over and didn't even notice the second one who was looking at me! After I took the photo and looked at my camera, I was like "Wait a second! There's another one?"

Here's something I've never seen - a waterfall that is partially frozen and partially moving.

Do you see the water falling on the right side of this picture?

This old house is near the park. As I'm looking at this photo, I'm noticing how there's very little color in it. It's nearly sepia. I feel like this same image could have been seen for the past century.

And in keeping with the snowy theme... I'm almost afraid to decorate with anything that says "Let it snow". I think it's some superstition that if I say this, a bunch of snow is going to fall. 😄 But these gel clings were too cute to pass up. I found them at Target's after Christmas sale. The after Christmas sale was at 50% off when I was there, but it's probably at least 70% off now. I'd be interested to hear about your after Christmas finds!

I'm not sure if you can tell, but I placed the clings on actual snow to take this picture.

I'll leave you guys with a little trivia gift from MeTV. It's a fun way to start 2018.

14 words and slang terms that turn 50 years old in 2018


  1. What a cool spot ... and those seed pods do make a splash in red :)

    1. Wendyvee ~ Yeah! I'm happy to see any color in winter, and the contrast of that red, against anything really, is so pretty. I had looked up what that plant was in autumn and now I can't remember!

  2. Happy New Year! Great photos! A lovely, serene spot. Winter allows us to see the bare bones of the garden - or woods. I hope you are staying warm. Did you get the email I sent?

    1. Jeanne ~ Happy New Year to you too! Thank you! :) Yes, it was very serene. I think the "bare bones" part of the forest was what reminded me of that Nightmare Before Christmas scene. That and the way the sunlight was peeking through the trees. Much as I like seeing leaves on the trees during other seasons, I think there's something cool about how trees look in the winter. Especially with the snow.

      I did get your email! Sorry about the long response time. I actually had "write Jeanne" written down on a piece of paper, so I'd remember to write you today. :) I've been taking a while in part because I was busy with Christmas/New Years things and in part because I needed some time to look for some info I wanted to ask you about Victor. My time is finally freed up today! So I'll look through my genealogy addresses and get back to you today.

  3. you make winter look beautiful. Happy new year.

    1. Leslie ~ Thank you and Happy New Year to you too! I know I'm writing this in August. :) Blogger only just now notified me of your comment!

  4. Happy New Year! Sure hope you keep the photos coming this year. As for the cold around here it has turned to fire here is a link to kind of fill you in on the crazy morning

    I think we have had 8 big fires the past few days.

    1. Bob ~ Happy New Year to you too! :) I will definitely keep the photos coming in 2018. I love taking them and sharing them! Wow, I can't believe all those fires. I've heard about a few around here, but nowhere near 8 big ones. Just smaller fires because of people trying to heat their homes in various ways. I sure didn't expect to read about a fire in a water park of all places! Are you familiar with this water park?

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    1. DJ Trish ~ You bet! We should finally be coming out of this deep freeze tomorrow. Hope your weather isn't super cold/snowy now. I heard the east coast might be getting hit with some snow storms. By the way, I enjoyed those New Years party videos you posted! Looks like a fun time. :)

  6. Happy New Year Justine! I hope the cold snap has let up where you are. As always, you have wonderful photos. Here's to a great Halloween 2018!


    1. Alison ~ Happy New Year to you too! :) Slowly, but surely, we're easing out of the cold snap. We're in double digits now! We had something really strange happen here last week. After weeks of single digits, the temperature jumped up to 55° and then the next day down to 12°! I made the most of that 55° day, trying to think of any reason I could be outside.

      Thank you for the compliment on my photos. :) And I'll say that toast along with you - To a great Halloween in 2018!