Thursday, February 4, 2010

Beeeeyoootiful day!!!

It's an absolutely gorgeous blue sky day now that the sun broke through the fog and crystals.  There is such a heavy hoary frost!  I quickly slurped a bit of coffee and dashed out without even brushing teeth or putting on eyes... a quick drive to the nearby golf course.

The snow is pretty deep in spots over there...so I was up to my knees in it most of the time.  Some cross country skiers have laid a few trails...but, I didn't want to put my boot tracks into the perfect ski sized lines... so walked beside them.  It was silent except for the happy chirping of the little sparrows and chickadees. Nobody there today but me.  Lovely.  I crunched along on a crust of snow covered with the latest soft inch of new stuff ... breaking through about every third step or so.. snowshoes would have been helpful.

Any time of year, this, ...  my favourite golf course  ... is beautiful... ...

Come along on my walk.... click on any photo to "biggify" as Daisy the Curly Cat says.... I love that word.  It gives a much better idea of the size and scope of things....



















looking down the 7th....















long needles of a young pine






























Walking up the 8th fairway..















an annoying spot on my lens ..  seemed to appear in several shots.... arrgghhhh...!! if I knew how to photoshop... ....or.. something.....
































lots of little critters...and some fairly large ones too... call this home.  Deer and coyotes as well as plenty of bunnies and squirrels... a regular thoroughfare from the look of it.  I was the only human footprint...



















I'm betting this is Cerulean Blue.... love the frosty branches against the sky...















Fence around some maintenance buildings..















amazing how the frost crystals form on anything and everything......















Standing on the tee box of the 1st fairway.... love it.  Out, out damn spot!!  I'll have to pretend it's my golf ball in flight....straight down the center...yeh...that's what I'll do....















This looks like beach grass ... it's where I got a wet bum...crouching down in snow over a foot deep ..














Honestly, snow shoes would have been good... ..the drifts got up to 2 feet deep on some hillside areas... 















..still desperately clinging by a thread..













standing near the 4th green.... it's in a bowl...



















heading back up the hill from the 4th .... puff..upfh..... whew! See ...golfing is a workout if you pick the right course.  It was cool enough at -8C... but, by then.. even my hands had warmed up a bit in the lovely sun and from working at slogging through deep snow.  Although it was kind of wet and cool on my legs.  To me it is colder at -8C with dampness than it is at a dry -21C.  Today the humidity is 87%. Brrrrr....



















Green ash seed pods.... lots of them never seem to fall off before winter.



















Back at the parking lot... look at the 7th fairway...















Home and warm...out of the soggy things....


20 comments:

Maria said...

Hi Vee ... amazing photography! My favourite time of winter was when this happened ... you captured it beautifully. Thanks it brought back lovely memories. This tour that you took us on, just makes me believe that you can´t wait for the golf season to start ;) hang in there hon. it will happen soon.
Hope all is well. Have a lovely day.

Picture Imperfect said...

It IS a beautiful day there and yes, you captured some really incredible shots out there.

I LOVE the fence - you knew I would ;o) - and the leaf just barely hanging on.

Frost is SOOOO fun! We don't have any here currently because we're too buried in SNOW! :o)

Aurora said...

snow! not much of that here in hollywood sadly.

Perpetual Chocoholic said...

Wow! Stunning!

Shelly said...

I'm in such awe...the photos are so amazing. I just saw this phenomenon on the TV the other day. So happy that you were able to capture this and share...Lovely....Shelly

Serena said...

It's a veritable Winter Wonderland out there....GORGEOUS pics, Vee!! Thanks for taking us along on your walk/hike...I enjoyed every minute of it! :)

Dolores said...

Many thanks for this. These photos and the beauty found in them is why I like winter so much. We still haven't had a significant dump. What came down on Tuesday all day was light and fluffy and maybe an inch but yesterday and today the sun was on it so there's not much left. I suppose the drivers like it though.

Sandy said...

WOW WEE so so beautiful!!!

Michelle Palmer said...

Thank you for getting cold and soggy for those AMAZING images! Your photographs are gorgeous~

Shashi Nayagam said...

Thank you for taking us with you on your amazing walk Vee. I would love to walk on snow like that and look at all the surrounding beauty. Even though you were soggy I bet it was worth it. It certainly was for me as I could see this lovely winter world through your eyes.

Jennifer Rose said...

one spot gone here clone tool in photoshop works really well to get rid of spots like that

those are gorgeous shots :D

Kerry said...

Beautiful frost photos!! Makes me wish we had some!! Really breathtaking!

Abi said...

Oh wow oh wow! amazing photography, and that snow, I've never lived anywhere with snow like that. Hope you have a great weekend! :O)

Twiglet said...

Stunning frosty pics! Don't worry about the award - I don't like the "chain" bit but I just wanted you to know that I think you create a fab blog!!

Norma Soulet (AZArtist) said...

Hi Vee,

Your photos are gorgeous! They would make a lovely grouping display on one of your home walls.

MaryO said...

These are simply incredible pictures! You were very brave to get out on the course in the snow, but it was well worth it!

Linda Fleming said...

wow Vee! Those photos are stunning- absolutely gorgeous! Well worth wet socks-LOL

mike said...

Vee this is an absolutely fantastic set of photos.

Guzzisue said...

fantastic photos!!needed to make a hot drink before looking at them :-)

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

Wow! So beautiful! And I actually feel cooler now - it's sweltering hot here!