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A prickly start

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Well we got all our shopping done. We have been comfortably snug in the homestead preparing for the storm which is here. And as long as I have power I’m going to be a happy camper. But losing that is a real possibility if history is any measure. And I’ll really need it on soon if it does go off because my better half has a birthday to celebrate in the coming days. And no power would leave her unhappy and therefore I would be unhappy.

I think I’ll work through the night and prepare as much material as I can and maybe even learn how to use the scheduled publish option I think I read about at one point. See even old guys can learn to adapt.

Cacti Photo by Mike Hartley

Cacti
Photo by Mike Hartley

I know, your asking, why run a picture of a wild cactus when we are about to get 2-3 feet of snow in 36 hours or less? Well it’s because I want to and I found it along with some other images as I was cleaning out an old slide drawer. And I’m searching through drawers because I don’t feel that good to be out and about shooting right now.

Maybe later tonight after we get the first 12 inches of snow. Maybe not. I know were going to get enough snow, that pictures of it will get old fast. So why start early, might as well change it up a bit.

Sometimes photography is a wonderful thing. Like when you remember the day you stopped along Murray Hill road to snap this shot. It’s the rolling hills that used to dominate this county. A warm summer day. Cattle grazing. Yeah, simpler days.

Along Murray Hill Road. Photo by Mike Hartley

Along Murray Hill Road.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Oh and another shot that has to be 40-50 years old along Gorman Road below. I grew up near this location. Hammond Village to be exact. I’m sure the few land owners in that area weren’t thrilled with that new community at the time either. I still like to drive down Gorman Road but that has changed also.

Along Gorman Road Photo by Mike Hartley

Along Gorman Road
Photo by Mike Hartley

Wow, if I was really prepared I’d have all my devices fully charged. Well 3 out of 4 isn’t bad. Let me go plug-in the last one. And as you can see below I’ve transitioned back to the cold reality of winter we are all facing now. Use your heads, don’t overdo it with the shovels. Keep warm and dry. And enjoy the WEEK OFF OF WORK. Just kidding with that last thought. Take two weeks off.

Frozen Berries Photo by Mike Hartey

Frozen Berries
Photo by Mike Hartley

I wonder if we could walk to Turf Valley Resort if we lost power here and they still had it? As I said, be smart, be safe and enjoy a blizzard.

 

Author: Mike Hartley

With a lifetime and a half in the Newspaper industry I'm preparing for my retirement career as an Artist, Writer, Photographer and Video content provider. I'm a proud father of two wonderful children and I'm still married to the first girl I fell in love with and probably only one that would have me.

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