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I've been watching the birds flit about in the shrubbery out back this morning, and I managed to catch a couple with my camera. Here is a dark-eyed junco, ID'd with the Merlin app on my iphone.



I highly recommend the app; it was developed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and is really easy to use. You choose the size of the bird, major colors, and where you are, and it presents you with several birds it could be. It's worked perfectly for me every time I've tried it. It's probably US only, though.

It's so nice to see the sunshine today. Too bad it's not warm enough to melt some of the tons of snow we have. We've gotten more than 70" in the past 30 days. I'm 68" tall. For you Europeans, that's 173cm. Yeah. It's getting downright dangerous to make a left-hand turn these days, with snowbanks more than ten feet high on the corners.

At least it's pretty.

walking

Jan. 22nd, 2015 07:11 pm
lizziebelle: (crow)


I've been trying to get out walking every day, and most days I succeed. Unless it's bone-chilling cold, or precipitating heavily, I go out for a walk. I downloaded an app that tracks my walks (Walkmeter, suggested by [livejournal.com profile] lamentables), and I've found that I'm walking farther than I had estimated. Yesterday I walked 3.32 miles, and I had previously estimated that route to be around 3 miles.

Today I went to the Assabet Wildlife Refuge, and estimated I had walked just over a mile. My actual distance was just over 2 miles! It also gives you your pace, time, and elevation, and even the approximate number of calories burned. But none of that really means anything to me. It's just cool to see how far I've gone.

The pond there is frozen over, and the ice was making deep, thrumming noises as the ice settled and moved. I walked out onto a fishing dock, and the noises from the ice were right below me. It sounded kind of like the noise made when you tap on the high-tension wires on utility poles, a sort of metallic pinging. The dock is metal, so maybe that's why the sound was metallic. It was very cool (no pun intended).

There were lots of little bubbles in the ice, some of them tiny.



I heard a few birds, including a very loud woodpecker of some sort. I need to work on identifying birds by their songs. I only know a few, mostly the common sort of bird you see all the time.

I found a canoe locked behind a barbed-wire-topped enclosure; I can't imagine what it must have done to be incarcerated like that. It must be a very dangerous canoe.



I spied, across the pond, a spot where I regularly visit in summer to take dragonfly & frog pictures.



It was fun to explore the other side of the pond for a change. The paths are still fairly clear, with some ice left over from the snow we had a while back. Who knows how much longer that will last? There is snow in the forecast for this weekend. It may not get this far inland, but you never know. Might as well take advantage of it while I can!
lizziebelle: (ganesha)

frozen leaves, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

There was some really excellent ice at the edges of the river yesterday. Very thin, very fragile, and lined like isobars on a map. Leaves and grasses added to the patterns, catching the late-day sun to sparkle in blue and silver.

DSCN3774

Downriver, three swans glided by, glowing in the golden light.

DSCN3811

I do miss the swans at Heritage Park, with all their antics, but at least I have these beauties to admire now and again, even if they're not as gregarious.

I've had a relaxing few days, with a lovely if small Thanksgiving with good friends and plenty of food. We got together again last night with a slightly different gang, for more food and drink and lots of laughs. I love my friends.

And I still have two days left to get stuff done. This is so much better than my days in retail, when this was the week we all dreaded! We called it "Black Friday" for very different reasons. *g*

lizziebelle: (george)

icicles, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

I woke up this morning to a world covered in ice. It was as beautiful as it was dangerous. It took me quite a while to chip through the thick coating on my car windows, but fortunately the roads were in pretty good shape. On my break, I went out and took lots of pictures of the harsh beauty.

ice, and more ice )



We also had a cookie bake-off at the office today.

cookies )

I only had a bite from each, but that was quite enough. Cookies for lunch. Nom.

And of course, when I got home, my car got stuck when I was trying to turn her around. Fortunately, the temperature is supposed to rise to nearly 50 tomorrow, so I'm not too worried. But still... d'oh!

lizziebelle: (eye)
As the roads here are coated in ice, I've decided to go in late today. I spent ten minutes scraping ice off the car windows, pulled to the end of my drive, and saw cars moving at about two miles per hour, so I pulled right back into my drive and came back inside. They said on the news that cars are off the road all over the place, and there was a three-car accident here in Westfield, so I think I made the right call. Snow I can handle; ice, not so much.

I watched the Oscars last night, of course. The show was too long, as always, and it was not particularly entertaining, as expected. The real fun was reading and posting comments on Facebook and Twitter. I have some very witty friends. :)
lizziebelle: (eye)
As the roads here are coated in ice, I've decided to go in late today. I spent ten minutes scraping ice off the car windows, pulled to the end of my drive, and saw cars moving at about two miles per hour, so I pulled right back into my drive and came back inside. They said on the news that cars are off the road all over the place, and there was a three-car accident here in Westfield, so I think I made the right call. Snow I can handle; ice, not so much.

I watched the Oscars last night, of course. The show was too long, as always, and it was not particularly entertaining, as expected. The real fun was reading and posting comments on Facebook and Twitter. I have some very witty friends. :)

thaw

Feb. 6th, 2011 04:19 pm
lizziebelle: (Blue Butterfly)

delicate, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

Today was just glorious. A few more like this, and I'd be happy indeed. It won't last, though.

Yesterday's ice coats the sidewalks, with liquid water beneath, bubbling up as I walk over it.

pocked )



I made it all the way down to the park, despite the tricky footing. The sunshine and almost-warm breeze beckoned me forward.

birds of a feather )

The bars of ice outside my window have all fallen off, and more of the ice has melted. I even saw grass today, although it was due to shoveling rather than melting. Still, grass! A welcome sight.

grass!

More snow is forecast for this week, but somehow it feels as though we have turned the corner, passed the summit, and are coasting toward spring. Slowly, but surely. There is light at the end of the tunnel.

thaw

Feb. 6th, 2011 04:19 pm
lizziebelle: (Blue Butterfly)

delicate, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

Today was just glorious. A few more like this, and I'd be happy indeed. It won't last, though.

Yesterday's ice coats the sidewalks, with liquid water beneath, bubbling up as I walk over it.

pocked )



I made it all the way down to the park, despite the tricky footing. The sunshine and almost-warm breeze beckoned me forward.

birds of a feather )

The bars of ice outside my window have all fallen off, and more of the ice has melted. I even saw grass today, although it was due to shoveling rather than melting. Still, grass! A welcome sight.

grass!

More snow is forecast for this week, but somehow it feels as though we have turned the corner, passed the summit, and are coasting toward spring. Slowly, but surely. There is light at the end of the tunnel.

on ice

Feb. 5th, 2011 05:23 pm
lizziebelle: (calvin & hobbes)

ice drips, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

I walked down to the bank this morning, and as I was walking back, it was drizzling. The drizzle eventually turned into rain, which is now freezing. My forsythia is coated in ice.

I'm not going anywhere tonight, but what concerns me is the already heavy snow on top of us, now soaked in rain and freezing. Also, I think the shrub outside my bedroom window has tipped over (it has a couple feet of snow on top of it). I'm pretty sure it didn't lean toward the sidewalk like that before. I won't know for sure until the snow melts.

This winter is getting a bit scary. Stay safe and warm, y'all!

on ice

Feb. 5th, 2011 05:23 pm
lizziebelle: (calvin & hobbes)

ice drips, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

I walked down to the bank this morning, and as I was walking back, it was drizzling. The drizzle eventually turned into rain, which is now freezing. My forsythia is coated in ice.

I'm not going anywhere tonight, but what concerns me is the already heavy snow on top of us, now soaked in rain and freezing. Also, I think the shrub outside my bedroom window has tipped over (it has a couple feet of snow on top of it). I'm pretty sure it didn't lean toward the sidewalk like that before. I won't know for sure until the snow melts.

This winter is getting a bit scary. Stay safe and warm, y'all!

lizziebelle: (Default)

big ice, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

It was -1F this morning when I got up. It was 8F when I got to work. A bit chilly.

On the way in this morning, as the sun was coming up, the ice and frost was lit in shades of gold and bronze. There was fog, or mist, or maybe even exhaust in front of Wal-Mart, where there was a mist bow. Like a rainbow but shimmering in the mist. How I wish there had been a place to pull over and take a picture! On top of the Wal-Mart, there were 20 or so people shoveling snow off the roof (they were closed yesterday due to fears of the roof caving in).

The icicles above are outside my office window. I took the screen off so I could get a clear shot.

Things around the office are a bit subdued today; one of our co-publishers, Chris, is in the hospital after having surgery for bleeding on the brain. He had been in a snowboard accident a couple weeks ago, but it's unclear whether this is related. We're all pulling for him. He's my age.

To top things off, the phones keep going in and out today. On deadline day. Not good.

Oh, and snow at least three times in the next seven days. Crikey.

At least the sun is out today, making the snow sparkle. Pretty.

lizziebelle: (Default)

big ice, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

It was -1F this morning when I got up. It was 8F when I got to work. A bit chilly.

On the way in this morning, as the sun was coming up, the ice and frost was lit in shades of gold and bronze. There was fog, or mist, or maybe even exhaust in front of Wal-Mart, where there was a mist bow. Like a rainbow but shimmering in the mist. How I wish there had been a place to pull over and take a picture! On top of the Wal-Mart, there were 20 or so people shoveling snow off the roof (they were closed yesterday due to fears of the roof caving in).

The icicles above are outside my office window. I took the screen off so I could get a clear shot.

Things around the office are a bit subdued today; one of our co-publishers, Chris, is in the hospital after having surgery for bleeding on the brain. He had been in a snowboard accident a couple weeks ago, but it's unclear whether this is related. We're all pulling for him. He's my age.

To top things off, the phones keep going in and out today. On deadline day. Not good.

Oh, and snow at least three times in the next seven days. Crikey.

At least the sun is out today, making the snow sparkle. Pretty.

randomness

Feb. 3rd, 2011 03:16 pm
lizziebelle: (Default)

big@$$ icicle, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

This is that giant (and growing) icicle out behind the office. It's bigger than I am, I think. O_o

also, )



Things going through my head today:

The taste of icicles (very much like ice cubes, as I recall).

The futility of railing against the weather.

The fervent hope that the roof doesn't cave in, either here or at home.

The daffodils that bloomed in March last year. Wondering if that's even possible this year.

Memories of summers past, and plans for future summers.

And, for some odd reason, the WWII air show in my hometown. That was always fun. No idea why that popped into my head today.

randomness

Feb. 3rd, 2011 03:16 pm
lizziebelle: (Default)

big@$$ icicle, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

This is that giant (and growing) icicle out behind the office. It's bigger than I am, I think. O_o

also, )



Things going through my head today:

The taste of icicles (very much like ice cubes, as I recall).

The futility of railing against the weather.

The fervent hope that the roof doesn't cave in, either here or at home.

The daffodils that bloomed in March last year. Wondering if that's even possible this year.

Memories of summers past, and plans for future summers.

And, for some odd reason, the WWII air show in my hometown. That was always fun. No idea why that popped into my head today.

icy

Jan. 16th, 2011 04:39 pm
lizziebelle: (Default)

barred, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

There's some very impressive ice outside the laundry room.

icicles )

icy

Jan. 16th, 2011 04:39 pm
lizziebelle: (Default)

barred, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

There's some very impressive ice outside the laundry room.

icicles )

frosted

Dec. 19th, 2010 02:29 pm
lizziebelle: (Default)

frosted log, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

It was nice out in the woods today: quiet, nearly deserted, lightly dusted with snow. It seemed less cold today, although that may have more to do with the lack of wind than the temperature.

ice and snow )



I was awake for a while in the wee hours this morning. Let me tell you, there is nothing on TV at five on a Sunday morning. :P

frosted

Dec. 19th, 2010 02:29 pm
lizziebelle: (Default)

frosted log, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

It was nice out in the woods today: quiet, nearly deserted, lightly dusted with snow. It seemed less cold today, although that may have more to do with the lack of wind than the temperature.

ice and snow )



I was awake for a while in the wee hours this morning. Let me tell you, there is nothing on TV at five on a Sunday morning. :P

lizziebelle: (Default)

frozen solid, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

We're back to the bitter cold, and the drainpipe out in back of my office shows it.

It had started snowing by the time I got to Westfield yesterday, and there was a dusting this morning when I left for work. Not enough to shovel, or mess up the roads, and not quite enough to be really pretty.

It's supposed to stay very cold for the next few days, too. Brr. It really makes me want to stay in and do nothing. If I could, I would totally be a snow bird. I would not go to Florida, though (except to visit friends there); I would go to the desert. I can feel the hot, soft sand between my toes even now.

lizziebelle: (Default)

frozen solid, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

We're back to the bitter cold, and the drainpipe out in back of my office shows it.

It had started snowing by the time I got to Westfield yesterday, and there was a dusting this morning when I left for work. Not enough to shovel, or mess up the roads, and not quite enough to be really pretty.

It's supposed to stay very cold for the next few days, too. Brr. It really makes me want to stay in and do nothing. If I could, I would totally be a snow bird. I would not go to Florida, though (except to visit friends there); I would go to the desert. I can feel the hot, soft sand between my toes even now.

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