Friday, January 31, 2014

Groundhog Day??

This is the best shadow photo I could pull without spending a lot of time. If the telephone poll sees it's shadow will we have an early spring?

Hey, that may qualify for the Friday My Town Shootout this week (lines and curves). Sorry, I did not have time to read the new instructions.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

7 inches of snow in Crisfield?

Several people have emailed saying they had 7 inches of snow in Crisfield. Nice to be in Georgia, folks!

For my take on the Atlanta mess, read the below article. As for us, up here on a mountain (photos below the Atlanta article), we got very little but it was mostly ice under the snow, so we are stuck on the mountain until the mostly-shaded roads warm up.

File photos from previous Crisfield snows - snows I had to photograph.

Atlanta winter storm gridlock - who is responsible?

So far, I have received over 70 emails wanting to know how we did in the storm. Storm? On our part of the mountain we got a little less that 2 inches unless you count the snow-blow piles, like some people do. Then I turned on CNN and saw that all the headlines of the world had vanished. Atlanta was in gridlock. I then realized why I was getting so many emails.

Being raised in Atlanta (just outside of Atlanta, in Decatur), I can tell you that Atlanta is not as prepared as Boston or New York to prevent gridlock when an ice storm hits. It never will be. If citizens want their taxes raised to keep and maintain salt, sand, and machines for events that seldom happen I say, "Bring it on."

First of all, I do not think it is fair to blame Governor Deal. If he called for a city-wide or state-wide shutdown every time a weather forecaster cried, "Snow!," it would be extremely foolish. I kept an eye on the predicted storm using different weather apps on my Kindle, iPad, iPhone, and on my computer. No two forecasts were the same. CNN, my preferred channel, keeps reminding us that Chad Myers predicted the storm well in advance. As much as I like Myers, I can't count the number of days I cancelled picnics due to rain only to find the sun shining, or went on sunny road-trips to find myself drenched in rain. No one can predict Mother Nature.

We can blame the mayor, the governor, and everyone else, and yes, perhaps the city should have been shut down, but each and every business, school, and individual,  has a responsibility to be wary when potential inclement weather rears its questionable head.

If events unfolded in Atlanta, as they did at my house (we are 2 hours north east of Atlanta), ice-flakes began to fall and  rapidly coat the ground. Everyone in Atlanta panicked and hit the roads. From my experience, that would have been a time to shelter in place. And yes, perhaps there should have been an announcement from officials, but it happened fast and I think people had already grid-locked the roads before the scope of the ice had been realized.

Bottom line, individuals need to take some responsibility. Letting the government make your decisions is not the best idea in any situation. Each parent had the right to keep their child at home, school districts had the power to close their schools (some did), businesses had the choice of opening or closing based on the forecasts, and no one would have been fired if they had chosen to stay home. BTW, Chad Myers sent his 9 year old to school.
The over-hype on this debacle is ridiculous when you compare it to what is going on in the world. Officials are working to make sure roads are cleared, people are safe, and in a few days, all will be back to normal. So, can we move on?

Tip: Don't drive in ice. Don't go to work if you think a storm is coming. Don't send your kids to school if you think they are going to be bused home 2 hours later. I can't tell you how much that used to happen when my son was in school. Also, both my husband and myself keep end-of-world  bags in our cars. They contain 3 days worth of food and emergency water, warming blankets, hats, scarves, med-kit, and other assorted items. We even have a deck of cards. Bring on the zombies.

 Climate change is real.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Cold Weather grips country

Our Georgia snow was mild compared to many areas.

File photo

Snow snaps from Georgia

If I was still working for the newspaper, I would be required to run around getting snowy photos. Thank goodness, I can stay warm and cozy inside. Kudos to retirement. I could not resist a few snaps.

From the safety of the warm house...

I braved the screen porch for this photo...

I cracked open the door off the kitchen for this one...

I crept out to photograph the road...there is no getting down this mountain when it snows.

 I had to photograph the start of our hiking trail in the backyard...

Here is the trail in fall...

Back in the house, I joined the cats for a nice warmup by the fire...

Did anyone say, "Brandy?"

Friday, January 24, 2014

Mad Magazine Sez...

I could not resist posting this....this photo belongs to Mad Magazine. Tony would have been smarter.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Shoot the Moon!

“Always seeing something, never seeing nothing, being photographer” ~ Walter De Mulder

6400 ISO hand-held (and breath) winter view of our mountains, right out of the camera.

Say it ain't snow...

"Some people call it global warming; some people call it climate change. What is the difference?" ~ Frank Luntz

The unnatural hot, dry air out west has driven a blast of cold air to the East Coast. It's even cold in Georgia. We don't like cold.

Filter Magic

“For me, the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity.”
~ Henri Cartier-Bresson

With today's tools, anyone can be a photographer/artist. Filter, filter, the golden age of Hollywood, so goes the golden age of photography.

Former Virginia Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell

Former Virginia Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell and wife Maureen were indicted Tuesday on federal corruption charges. What is your politician up to?

Friday, January 3, 2014


“For last year's words belong to last year's language and next year's words await another voice.”  ~ T.S. Eliot