Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Sub Zero

Winter awakes with icy fangs,

Scattering dream crystals,

And sinking mercury.


Exit only on skis or snowshoes;


Storms do not obey traffic signs.

Another blizzard is due tonight!

33 comments:

Rose said...

Beautiful photos, Sarah! But the thermometer pose is pretty scary. Looks like you have had your wish for snow more than fulfilled--stay warm!

tina said...

It looks like the Maine of my youth! Sure brings back memories. Hunker down as this next one coming is pretty bad. Left us with tons of snow and I hear even more your way.

A Cuban In London said...

'Icy fangs'. You're good, you're very, very good! :-)

Great photos, too. Wrap up warm.

Greetings from London.

Judy Croome said...

Do my eyes deceive me? Is that thermometer at MINUS 21 degrees Centigrade??? Gulp. Remind me not to complain in our winter!

Lovely photos, especially the icicles!

Judy (South Africa)

Tracy Golightly-Garcia said...

Hello Sarah

I am hoping you are keeping warm! Our last strom passed over Greenville Monday--was to have been ice(thank goodness).

Take-Care

Best
Tracy:)

Stacy said...

Those are beautiful.

I had to laugh at storms not obeying traffic signs. So true!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

I love seeing through your eyes. Icy fangs is amazing. Your winter is stunning (she says from sunny California). Stay warm and safe.

Cid said...

Good for you for seeing the beautiful side of this latest deep freeze. Things are warming up in the north so hopefully that will be coming your way soon.

The Whimsical Gardener said...

Your images are breathtaking and your words so beautiful...hope you're staying warm.

troutbirder said...

Starkly beautiful for certain. Still I've had with all this subzero & snow. We're fleeing the tundra for Florida. btw I recently read a great memoir, The Florist Daughter by Patricia Stampl. Pulitzer, I think.

elizabeth said...

Such lovely photos, Sarah. The first two were extra special.
I'm glad the magical snow is good for something....
we are getting a bit ticked off with it here.

Edith Hope said...

Dear Sarah, Magical images...but what extreme weather you seem to be experiencing at present. I do so hope that you are keeping warm whilst your part of the world is held in an icy grip.

walk2write said...

At least you can get some writing done when the weather's so frightful. Warm thoughts coming your way from Florida!

Sarah Laurence said...

All, I’m snowed under your nice comments, thanks! It hasn’t started snowing yet and the forecast is varying from 1 inch (if the storm stays south) to half a foot. We won’t know if it’s a snow day until tomorrow morning. It is at least warmer now (20s F) as it often is on stormy days.

I actually screamed on Monday morning when I opened the shades to those icicles and then again when I saw the thermometer. It was actually -14 F (that’s -25 C, Judy and others) right before sunrise and never made it past +4 F (-15 C). I stuck my head out the door, thinking about skiing, and decided it was too cold to even collect the mail from my driveway. I retreated like a ground hog for the day and worked in my warm office. Even my son’s Nordic Ski Team practice was cancelled then, but today I skied and he raced.

Troutbirder, thanks for the book recommendation, although I don’t usually read much nonfiction.

Booksnyc said...

These photos are stunning and really capture the beauty and stillness of snow and ice. We have had a lot of snow in the city but so far I am OK with it - not sure how I will feel in a month or two!

Jan@Thanks for today. said...

Your post really caught my eye, Sarah! I love the ice crystal photos...so beautiful! Yep, that's the Maine I remember. Hasn't changed a bit;-) Bundle up, stock up and stay warm. We just got about 8 inches of heavy wet snow last night, which is now crusted over this morning. Schools are cancelled. But it's NOT Maine;-)

Donna said...

I love this! I hope you're enjoying all of that snow! It's been a boring and mostly uneventful winter in the Midwest. I wish I were back East!

David Cranmer said...

Yeah, it has been a rough winter in Maine. Shovel, shovel, shovel.

It makes for lovely pics though.

Paul C said...

You have carved out quite a beautiful path for yourself.

Sarah Laurence said...

All, it’s possible that NYC and the south has out snowed Maine this year. I hear the city got 19 inches from the last storm and we only got an inch. The kids were very disappointed not to have a school day. The only difference up north is that the cold temps makes the snow last longer and pile up, but at least it’s pretty.

Susan R. Mills said...

We've had our fair share of winter storms around here too. I can't wait for spring. But, I have to say, those pictures are beautiful as well as the word that went along with them.

Jennifer@threedogsinagarden said...

I love your pictures and the poetic captions!

Les said...

It looks as if your mercury was allowed to get to low. You may want to have that checked so it does not happen again.

Sarah Laurence said...

Susan, yes, the south is having a real winter this year.

Jennifer, welcome to my blog and thank you!

Les, can you fix our weather? We actually broke freezing today. I was skiing in my t-shirt.

☆sapphire said...

I was very surprised to find that the mercury hit -22℃ there. Oh I have never experienced such bitter cold so far. I'm embarrassed I'm always complaining about this level of cold(0℃)here. The photos are beautiful! "dream crystals" reminds me of HCA's "The Snow Queen"!!

Mama Shujaa said...

What amazing photographs and titles. That last one is magnificent.

cynthia newberry martin said...

I love especially the first two--wow! I saw some of those ice crystals in Vermont but was rushing to class and didn't have time to take a picture. Happy to see your photo. It's amazing when you can see all the little spokes and tendrils of an individual crystal.

Amanda said...

through your eyes, difficult weather looks beautiful.

-27 degrees? are my eyes deceiving me?

Petra said...

The fangs are quite sharp, Sarah and yet they let something so fragile as those snowflakes exist... Life is full of surprises, don't you think so? :-)

I love the first photo, it looks great!

Sarah Laurence said...

ANOTHER 14 inches is on the way tomorrow. The kids are happy for snow day #3. I've picked up an extra kid for a now 2 night sleepover. It has at least warmed to double digits above 0 F.

Carol said...

Stunning photography Sarah! Your fangs are haunting! That one is stellar! Unique way to share the frigid temps and storms we are living through.

Bee said...

It may have started a bit later this year, but winter has definitely sunk its fangs in. What would you rather have? A gray English winter or a sharp, icy Maine one?

Sarah Laurence said...

Carol, thanks! It’s now above freezing today and last night’s storm brought more rain than snow, sadly.

Bee, a Maine winter beats an English one, but I shall envy you in spring. Expect a poetic response on Wednesday from this prompt.