Hello 2018

Happy 2018! We experienced one of the coldest Christmases in several decades. I trust your holiday time was warmed by being surrounded with those you hold most dear as we were.

May you have courage to face the challenges ahead in 2018 and a heart open to appreciate your blessings.

the popular vote

Wasn’t the  John Scott/NHL All Star story inspiring and entertaining?

That emotionally satisfying event combined with the heartfelt comments from so many of you regarding the absence of desktop calendars (and the need to have something on my own desktop), motivated me to whip up a desktop calendar for February.

For simplicity sake this is an image I have used before and I did not set a specific screen resolutions. If you find the size doesn’t work well for you, please let me know. I will gladly make adjustments if they are requested.

Your input is important and very much appreciated.

Feb 2014

I can hardly wait to turn the page on the calendar hoping the conditions in my environment ease up. I can hardly remember a colder, windier winter. Am I getting soft in ‘my old age’? Whatever. It’s been COLD!

I’ve mentioned before how wind is not my camera’s friend. It’s challenging enough to get still subjects in crisp focus! I realize there is potential for artistic shots with movement and all but sub-zero wind chill is not anything I wish to endure for that opportunity. So, having not been out with my camera all but one day this past month (see previous post), I looked back into my digital library for an image to serve as backdrop for this month’s calendar. Happy February. ❤

free desktop calendar February 2014_1440x900For specific screen resolutions, you can select February 2014 from the Free Calendar drop down list on the menu bar above.

 

snow angel?

Just like when we were kids looking for shapes in the clouds, I love to see shapes in the piled up snow in the trees. While show-shoeing recently, I was startled to find this unusual figure. What do you see?

snow angel in forest

Sweet solstice

Although the worst of winter may be ahead, I delight in the knowledge that from this point on the calendar forward the sun will rise sooner and set later. 🙂winter stream

weight-ing

As we eagerly wait for spring and the big melt, snow is falling heavily again!

snow-laden conifer
So, while out for my morning walk in the blizzard, I used my iPhone to express myself…
stop snow

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We have experienced relatively light snowfall amounts over the past few winters. This year snows came abundantly and often. It has been a while since we had such accumulation. This seems to make winter last longer. So although the calendar tells us it is spring, our environment is still buried in the white stuff.  This makes ‘off trail’ snowshoeing a challenge. When I spotted a scene I wanted to capture with my big camera, I had to track through almost knee deep snow to get there.

snowshoe trailWhat had caught my eye in this mature spruce forest of stark vertical lines was a single birch with branches accentuated by fresh snow. Do you see it peeking out in the photo above?

accented horizontal linesThe next time I was out that way (a few days later) the snow had fallen off. Except for the deep path, I would not have been able to find that lonely birch!