Monday, January 31, 2011

MORNING COLOR AND ICY RUMORS


Today began with sunshine. Moreover, the whole morning remained sunny. A nice change. Even now, a half-hour after noon, though a wispy overcast has recently moved in, the sunlight is only slightly diffused and still streams through sufficiently to create strong shadows. The blue sky is gone, though. Still, the bright sunlight won't be around for too much longer, as there's a big storm brewing to our west, scheduled to arrive this evening, bringing with it ice in the forms of freezing rain, sleet, and snow. More of the same is predicted for tomorrow, as well. The National Weather Service has issued a "winter storm watch" through Wednesday morning. But unlike the folks in Chicago, who are looking to receive a snowfall of potentially historic depth, our total accumulation is not expected to exceed a couple of inches. I don't know whether I'm pleased about this or jealous.

When I stepped outside an hour or so after the sun came up, the river was still mostly in shadow, but with a golden wealth of early light reflecting off the pools. Tomorrow's photo ops are apt to look quite a bit different.  
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26 comments:

Scott said...

Gorgeous colors. We're cowering under the same forecast here in the PA Piedmont--just a few hours later than southwestern Ohio.

Hilary said...

Wow.. turquoise and gold.. such a beautiful photo.

We have a storm watch in effect too. We're supposed to get up to 30 cm (a foot). And it's bitter cold right now. Hurry summer!

AfromTO said...

Oh my gosh that's a beauty-you are a master a water reflections-we are getting 25cm of snow, time to hunker down.

The Weaver of Grass said...

The colour in that photograph is exquisite Grizz.

If the snow comes, pile the logs on the fire, make your favourite meal and sit by the window and watch that wonderful river of yours.

Linda said...

What a beautiful photo of your river. The colors are stunning. They're saying we might get 14 inches of snow, but it depends somewhat on how much of the precipitation is in the form of ice. It's shaping up to be an interesting few days.

Bernie said...

Hello my friend, I have missed your post and I am sorry. Having a bit of a sick spell here.
Your picture is so pretty and I do hope you don't get too much ice, it plays such havoc with the electricity, snow is like a warm and beautiful blanket. Stay warm and safe my friend....:-)Hugs

Grizz………… said...

Scott…

Well, I can't rightly cower with only two paltry inches predicted…but I'm anticipating to beat the band! Got my broom and shovel and salt on standby. Good luck.

Grizz………… said...

Hilary…

Glad you liked the photo—the sunlight on the water is often just amazing in its colors—and the snow and ice adds to the show.

Now a foot of snow sounds interesting. I hope you aren't too inconvenienced, but I wouldn't want to hurry spring—let alone, summer. I love the slow, sweet crawl of the seasons, one gradually giving way to another with room to savor the change.

Grizz………… said...

AfromTO…

Kind of you to call me a master—but actually, the real Master paints the scenes with light and color…I just record the result.

Good luck on the storm.

Grizz………… said...

Weaver…

I don't expect we'll have much trouble with this storm. It's the folks who live to the north that need to worry or anticipate, depending on perspective.

But I'm ready, with food and drink, plenty of firewood, lots of good books—and the river sliding along beyond the window.

Grizz………… said...

Linda…

Interest, for sure—though more for you in your location then me here. I might have some nice ice-coated tress and such to photograph tomorrow, though. I hope so.

Glad you enjoyed the pix.

Gail said...

Grizz-
your picture is so bright and so beautiful WOW!! And here too, the snow is coming first overnight tonight through tomorrow up to about 10" - then the ice/sleet/freezing rain will come in Wednesday all day coating our world with heavy ice - sealing the snow . We are under a "Severe Winter Storm Warning' until Thursday. We are as ready as we can be - thank God Skipp is off from work Tuesday and Wednesday. I believe I said the same thing last week when we got over a foot of show - it is piled so high around us - I feel like our home is in an igloo. Stay safe.
Love Gail
peace.....

Grizz………… said...

Bernie…

I'm so, so sorry to hear you've been sick—and I do hope you're much better. Welcome back to the riverbank! You've certainly been sorely missed. It's only in the last week that I've shaken off the cough that evolved from the cold I began Christmas Eve. These things do sometimes linger, and there were days when I thought I'd never get completely well.

Anyway, please stay safe and warm during this latest round of storms. Thank you for your nice words. Again, it's good to hear from you.

Grizz………… said...

Gail…

I was just wondering about you and thinking of dropping you an e-mail as I figured you'd be in the path for at least a part of this storm. I hope you're all prepared with food and wood…and it's great that Skipp can be with you during the worst of things.

I say batten down the hatches, stoke the fire, put something savory and nourishing on the stove to slow cook—and enjoy your time together. This can prove a wonderful cozy adventure.

Jain said...

My feet are cold. Your picture knocked my socks off!

I'm anxious to see what comes of this storm. The "forecasters" have been wrong all season but it's sleeting 90 minutes before it was supposed to hit, so I suppose we're in for some excitement.

Robin said...

My God, that's pretty!

Grizz………… said...

Jain…

Ha, ha! I've never astonished anyone into barefootedness before. I believe that's some sort of personal photographic record.

It's almost a half hour after midnight and I've just looked out before I head to bed—the freezing rain drizzle that began about 8:30 p.m. is still going, the temperature is 24˚F. So it's freezing some, but there's enough rain mixed in that not much is happening in the way of an ice coating. I bet you're getting snow, though. I'm barely on the southern edge of the storm. Only a few miles south of here they're not even being rained on. Guess I'll see what the night brings…

Grizz………… said...

Robin…

Hope you're getting your snow—and glad you liked the shot. Take care…

The Solitary Walker said...

Must say I absolutely loved your photo, Grizz - first I saw it as abstract, then as a bluff of sheer cliffs dropping to an icy sea.

Do read that Dylan Thomas poem George mentioned yesterday - it's one of his finest.

Grizz………… said...

Solitary…

Thank you, Robert. It's the kind of image I love to make—more abstract than literal, a nice interplay of form and color. The sort of stuff I'd paint if had any talent. An image that allows the viewer to bring something of his imagination into play…just as you did.

I did read the Dylan Thomas poem—couldn't find it among your posts under the title (didn't even think to put "Dylan Thomas" into the search bar) so just Googled it. A lovely poem which I'd never read, now perhaps my very favorite of his. Thank you and George for pointing me to it.

deb colarossi said...

stunning, truly.

It wasn't the storm they were predicting here , but I'm anxious to get out today and take some photos.

sage said...

That second photo--of the ice and reflection--is beautiful! Thanks.

Grizz………… said...

Deb…

Stunning here, too…though I didn't get much photo time. I love the photos on your blog, BTW—a nice look.

Grizz………… said...

Sage…

I love making those sorts of images—when I can manage. I'm glad you liked it. Thank you.

Brenda said...

Wow! What an incredible photo, Grizz! It's breath taking! Glad you are getting back to a normal life, electricity and all.

Grizz………… said...

Brenda…

Thank you. I glad to be getting back to a normal routine, too—though a living-room campout every so often probably does a body good.