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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Inauguration Day and a snow day in my neck of the woods

I woke up this morning and thought to myself, it's our (U.S.) inauguration day. I looked at the clock and saw that it was 4:30 am and thought: back to sleep for me. First I went to the bathroom and happened to look out the window. It's snowing, it's snowing, so I grabbed my camera. Then I went back to sleep for another three hours, wooohooo!I was even more excited when I woke up the second time to realize that we were getting some sure enough snow, not just a light dusting which is all we've had so far this winter. Actually our light snow was back in November before it was even winter, and nothing since then.
I had to laugh when I saw that we got 6 inches of snow where I live because that is exactly what I ordered. I blogged recently about how I wanted 6 inches of fluffy snow and I'll be darned if that wasn't exactly what we got.I doubt the animals were as happy as I was about the snow, but I put out a few treats for them. I was also very happy that it didn't snow in Washington, DC and that the wonderful Inauguration Day was clear for the large group of people who gathered at the Capitol.
Although I was watching the Inauguration from my home television and wasn't there physically, I found myself becoming quite emotional. I thought President Obama's address went very well, and the whole event was quite beautiful to me. The shots of the people that gathered in Washington were phenomenal and the music blew me away (the perfect combination of musical performances).I have been watching the inaugural events on and off all day and evening and thought I'd take a break and post some of my snow shots.
It snowed fairly steadily most of the morning and early afternoon. It was also lovely at the end of the day how the sun came out just enough to set.I know some of my blogging friends have had more snow than they wanted this year so I'll probably be mixing up my snow and flower shots in upcoming posts. When I did my post with 2008 summer flower shots I never got around to posting, I barely scratched the surface of flowers I thought I'd post at some point.
If you notice my footprints going across my deck in the shot above, I wasn't setting up a picnic for myself. I was walking across the deck to put some treats out on the ledge for the birds and squirrels. They seemed appreciative.

17 comments:

ramblingwoods.com said...

I am glad you were able to enjoy your nice fluffy snow and the inauguration..what a great day for the country... Michelle

Dee said...

Wow, Carver! Seems kinda auspicious that you got your six inches of white fluffy snow AND a new President, to boot! I saw some of the inaugural festivities myself and it was impressive. But I had to work ... so in some sense, I felt a bit removed from the whole scene. Let's hope that our country goes in a new direction, right?

girasoli said...

Your pictures are beautiful. I really miss snow, especially the beauty of it.

I took the day off today. The coverage started at 2 am here, with the more important coverage starting at 5. I crawled out of bed at 5:15 am (me the definitely not now/not ever a morning person). That is how much I was excited for this day. And what a wonderful day it was! I have to go watch the part I recorded now that started while I was still sleeping.

SabineM said...

Carver
You made me realize that today was the best day BUT IT could have been better, if I could have run out and made snow angels!

Anonymous said...

Wow! I heard there was snow around Raleigh -- this is amazing! What a perfect day for it! I know I enjoyed watching the inauguration events unfold all morning, noon and tonight. I'm becoming more awestruck and aware of all the historic moments I've witnessed and this, surely, is at the top. What a day!

CarolA

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marcia@joyismygoal said...

wonderful snow shots soo peacefuli wish we had some

Mojo said...

Do you remember the last time we got any frozen stuff of any consequence? If I'm not mistaken it was Jan 19, 2005. Or possibly the 20th. Anyway it was the day before the Second Coronation of Bush the Younger.

Talk about symmetry, eh?

Photo Cache said...

ask and you shall receive. i like your view from your window. glad you had just enough snow to make your winter :)

Yolanda said...

I love the snow pics I know it is not an everday thing in your neck of the woods. Enjoy.

Dr.John said...

I'm glad you got the snow you wanted. I don't want any more.
I enjoyed the pictures.

jmb said...

It is so pretty Carver, at the beginning. We still have ugly piles of icy, dirty snow from early in December. It seems they will never go away. Now we have fog!

Lovely photos of your part of the world.

Theresa said...

Love fresh snow- great pictures, I liked the one with the squirrel he just seemed to clear an edge all to himself.

Lucky for me I have a job that allowed me to watch the inaguration. It was truly a special day.

SandyCarlson said...

I love the squirrel! And I love the amount of snow resting on those branches. Gorgeous.

fishing guy said...

Carver: Beautiful captures from your snowy world.

Jeanne said...

Carver--every time I come to your blog I see more amazing things ... and see the world through a different set of eyes. Love the photos of the chairs in the snow.

the donG said...

i have been a john williams' fan ever since and listening to his musical arrangement during the inauguration was really thrilling.

the last shot is perfect!