Snow, snow, everywhere

No pictures today.  I looked outside this morning and saw that we had already accumulated almost three inches over the last eight inches we had before.  Even then, I had to run my granddaughter over to the next town for her college class.  Luckily, my truck had been repaired from it’s bout with a blown hydraulic hose in the steering.  Four-wheel driving all the way there are back.  Not much fun.  We found, when we got back, that afternoon and evening classes had been canceled.

So, here I sit, penned in by the snow, and nothing to do.  Right now, the satellite is “in”, but with all the snow it just might go “out”.  I have a lot of DVD’s to watch though so all is not lost.  I might even try to do some more work on one of my virtual railroads.  Chippy has been asking for an update to my German route “Echternach to Erdorf” so maybe I’ll work on that.  It is unfortunate that I didn’t use the real terrain for the route, but, instead, just did a rough approximation.  Back in 1955 (through 1958) my dad was stationed in Bitburg which is right in the middle of my route.  To get names for surrounding towns, I just went out on Google Earth and mapped out the old train route.  It doesn’t even exist any more now.  The line stops at Bitburg and doesn’t continue down to the Luxembourg border.

Even I, a great lover of all things snowy, am ready for spring.

Bill

Some snow shots

I realize that a lot of my visitors have had quite enough snow for a while – especially those in the UK, but I wanted to put up some nice pictures of our latest snow job.  But first, some bird & squirrel pictures (of course).  In those where both appear in the same picture, the crow and the squirrel were actually chasing each other around the tree.  If I had thought about it I could have switched to video mode and gotten the whole thing in motion.  But, I don’t think that fast now.  Anyway, the first six shots are pictures of that weird encounter:

The next three are just the squirrels themselves. Taken shortly after Christmas actually. I had trapped some pieces of bread in the little green cage and just waited until a squirrel got curious. Their antics are hilarious.

The next six are just of Mr. Crow himself.  I don’t remember seeing any with marking quite like this.  Just a subtle hint of turquoise on the top/back fathers.  Almost looks like some variant of a bluebird & crow encounter.

And, finally, the scenes that met us this morning.  Luckily we didn’t have to go anywhere at all because the entire county was under a Snow Emergency Warning Level 1, which meant that only 4-wheel drive vehicles could be out until the roads were salted and/or cleared.

There are really FIVE snow pictures.  One of them is shy and didn’t show up except for just a small square.  Click on it and the picture will show up.  Well, shoot.  Now it’s there.  Go figure.