Weekly Photo Challenge: Depth

A couple weeks late for this challenge, but to say we’ve been snowed in would be a gross understatement. The fourth major snowstorm to hit the northeast in, I believe, 22 days, visited us this weekend in the form of a blizzard named “Winter Storm Neptune,” and dropped two feet of snow on top of the 7-8 feet we already had at our house. Waking up yesterday morning, I was glad that our house is built on an elevated basement; otherwise, our doors would both have been completely covered in the drifted snow. Today, we dug out from our back stairs to our cars, then added a path through which the cars will be able to leave and enter the driveway. These photos give some idea of the depth of the snow we’re dealing with.

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Making this even more difficult to deal with, my friends and family from home find it amusing to let me know that it’s in the 60s there, and spring flowers have started blooming.

Blizzard! (and not the creamy, delicious kind)

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Day 1: 3:30 p.m. – still snowing, wind blowing hard.

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Day 2: 3 p.m., this time, we walked to the areas next to Quincy Harbor, where the storm took on the feeling of a nor’easter. Wind blowing from the northeast, huge waves.

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Then onto Marina Bay, overlooking the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

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Wollaston Beach, on Quincy Harbor.

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A sun shelter over two benches, coated in several inches of thick ice.

Travel Theme: Mountains

I don’t have a lot of photos of mountains, so I had to get creative this week with Ailsa’s Travel Theme. A couple weeks ago, everyone in Boston had to dig out from under a “mountain” of snow (insert guffaws here). We were lucky, because despite living near the water, we were not affected by flooding, unlike some of our southern neighbors. It almost made the 30 inches of snow, and howling wind, tolerable (almost). To see more, visit Ailsa’s page. For more pictures of the wonderful (cough) snow, I have posts here: and here.

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We got another 8 inches last weekend, and they’re promising 6-ish for this coming weekend. I see a lot more gray photos in my future! Stop ruining my plans to shoot Chinese New Year events, Mother Nature!

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Snow Day!

I took several hundred photos of the weekend snowstorm that hit Boston. Our house in Houghs Neck lost power for 36 hours, and there are still thousands of people without power, four days later. I’m glad it has warmed up some, because I don’t think I could have handled the cold much longer. People should not have to wear stocking caps and gloves to bed. I hope folks have found safe, warm places to hole up until power is restored.

As much damage as snow can cause, it also happens to be beautiful, and so I want to share some of the images I made during and after the storm.

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The first five photos were shot Saturday morning, while the snow was still coming down and wind was blowing.

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This photo was shot Saturday evening. The sun peeked out to taunt us for an hour or so.

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The rest were made Sunday afternoon. Sunny day, and lots of melting snow made for some interesting images.

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Scenes from a blizzard

Now that our power has come back on, and brought with it the internet, I’m able to share a few photos from Blizzardathon ’13, from our little neighborhood in Quincy, Mass.

The first is a hockey goal, seen on Friday afternoon before the storm really got going, and Saturday morning. We still had strong winds and snow was falling, but the worst was over.

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An ambulance picked up one of our neighbors, who needed medical attention, then got stuck in the snow. Neighbors pitched in to shovel and push the ambulance back onto the road.

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My car:

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Neighbor walking his dog:

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Ducks on the water at high tide:

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I’ll post some shots that show the “pretty” aspect of the storm later. For now, preparing to head back outside with a camera!