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Snow flurry Sunday morning

Ah, the first hint of snow for the season this morning. I like the sound of it hitting the trees. Must be cool because all the paved surfaces are covered. Very pretty actually when it was coming down. I wonder if I can reach down this year and capture some of that joy I had when I was young when it would snow. I hope so, because my attitude towards it hasn’t been that kind as I’ve aged.

I guess it happened when I traded in a sled for a car. So instead of making a path with my feet to the highest elevation,  I shovel and then go skidding around for many miles with many dangerous people. Kind of makes that huge hill we went down, that you had to crash off your sled fast at the bottom to prevent going into a creek as a youth seem kind of safe.

Well its nothing really, not even a dusting. Not a real good snow. Those are yet to come I’m sure. I’m hoping I can look forward to the season with more of that youthful anticipation.

First flakes of the season. Photo by Mike Hartley

First flakes of the season.
Photo by Mike Hartley


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Agnes 40 years ago

I was digging around an old box and ran across these B&W images (hey, I was a teenager and couldn’t always afford color film) and realized it was 40 years ago that these were taken. That was a bad year. Huge impact on the area and economy with hurricane Agnes. Things didn’t get back to normal for many months and in some cases years for some homes and businesses. One of the worst/costliest storms that I can remember. And it was the rain that wouldn’t stop. I know I have more and if I remember I think I did shoot a roll of color. Now where did I put that?

ELLICOTT CITY

Flooded Main Street Ellicott City from Agnes. Photo by Mike Hartley

Flooded Main Street Ellicott City from Agnes.
Photo by Mike Hartley

And the crowds came to see what nature can do.  Photo by Mike Hartley

And the crowds came to see what nature can do.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Water eye view of water where it shouldn't be.  Photo by Mike Hartley

Water eye view of water where it shouldn’t be.
Photo by Mike Hartley

COLUMBIA

Lakefront bell tower, nobody was swimming out to ring that.  Photo by Mike Hartley

Lakefront bell tower, nobody was swimming out to ring that.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Lake Kittamaqundi reaching out of its banks. Photo by Mike Hartley

Lake Kittamaqundi reaching out of its banks.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Wilde Lake had a new falls.  Photo by Mike Hartley

Wilde Lake had a new falls.
Photo by Mike Hartley

29 south along South Entrance Road. Photo by Mike Hartley

29 south along South Entrance Road.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Surfing on Southbound Rt 29.  Photo by Mike Hartley

Surfing on Southbound Rt 29.
Photo by Mike Hartley

South Entrance with Columbia Tennis barn in the background if I remember correctly.  Photo by Mike Hartley

South Entrance with Columbia Tennis barn in the background if I remember correctly.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Line on Rt 29 south trying to inch past Columbia.  Photo by Mike Hartley

Line on Rt 29 south trying to inch past Columbia.
Photo by Mike Hartley

LAUREL

The Homoco gas station off Rt 1 in Laurel. Photo by Mike Hartley

The Homoco gas station off Rt 1 in Laurel. I think those are new cars floating also from the Dodge dealer.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Entrance road to Laurel Racetrack.  Photo by Mike Hartley

Entrance road to Laurel Racetrack.
Photo by Mike Hartley

And here I thought it was all water under the bridge. Photo by Mike Hartley

And here I thought it was all water under the bridge.
Photo by Mike Hartley

At the PG HoCo line on southbound Rt 1. Photo by Mike Hartley

At the PG HoCo line on southbound Rt 1.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Random Thoughts for Sunday July 26th 2015

  • I hope I can share many more Sundays like this one with my children.
  • I’ve got a good bit of sleep to make up for on Monday.
  • I can tell losing another 10-15 lbs is going to be a fight.


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When what freezes over?

I thought the line went “When hell freezes over”

I have two things to be thankful for this morning. I didn’t have to go out and travel and those who did had slippery conditions but nothing like this.

I've heard of hell freezing over but this could be a problem.  Photo by Mike Hartley

I’ve heard of hell freezing over but this could be a problem.
Photo by Mike Hartley


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Superstition

One year I put my tree out early after the New Year and look, see what happened. Now it stays in the house till there is more green on the carpet than the tree.


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Winter – It’s Here

Snow Photo by Mike Hartley

Snow
Photo by Mike Hartley

The northeast and the state of Maryland are wonderful for the change of seasons. You really get a nice mix of each. Yeah sometimes spring or fall is a little short sometimes. But you always get a winter and summer of decent length. The fall and spring are both beautiful times of year visually and emotionally. And I LOVE SUMMER.

Therein lies my problem. I really dislike winter. Yeah there is nothing like being outside in a fresh snow and watching you kids when they were young or old playing in it is something that will warm your heart. But I dislike being cold. I don’t like having to sit and warm up my car. I don’t like having to wear a ton of cloths. I don’t like having to drive with millions of @(%&%$ over long distances to work when most of them have trouble driving in dry weather.

Then there are the holiday drivers. Which is a majority of the population which check their brains at the door before going out but shove a half-dozen extra doses of bad attitude in their coats in place of good judgement and common courtesy. It is the true strength of human character to maintain patience, kindness, openness and cheer in this area sometime. 

Then the New Year comes and all of a sudden everyone in January is depressed spending too much and from gaining so much weight the last 2 months they spend all kinds of money they no longer have on gyms and weight loss programs that last for a few times to a few months but ultimately fail.

Yeah, the schedule tries to pick us up with a few meaningless holidays and occasions like Presidents day and Valentines day but they aren’t crap. The only good thing about February is that its short and if you’re in New Orleans for Mardi Gras for Fat Tuesday. Other than that its a frozen wasteland.

March is a transition month that teases you with a nice day and then freezes your ass off the next.

So forgive me when I go off on my winter observations, it will begin a period where I may slip from my normal positive messages to some outright rants about the season of dread, winter.

May it be a mild one and everyone be safe and happy as possible.


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Winter Weather is Coming

I have to learn to embrace this season. It is far from one of my favorites. And as a famous quote goes (My Favorite Winter Activity, is going back INSIDE). It’s like a monochrome season. I dread travel in it and I hate being cold and the body aches that come with it. But this season will be different in one way. My daughter was pretty insistent that I get a snow blower. Hell, I’m not even 60 yet and they think I need more power tools. But given the demise of one of our best friends this past winter it’s the SMART move. Don’t be too proud to admit that you’re not the young person you once were. And even if you are young, take it easy with the shoveling this winter.

Took these on Rt 15 north of Frederick MD on my way to see my daughter who was in college at the time.

Ice Farm Photo by Mike Hartley

Ice Farm
Photo by Mike Hartley

Mist behind Trees Photo by Mike Hartley

Mist behind Trees
Photo by Mike Hartley

 


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Howard County Maryland – Weather

In Contrast to today’s Wonderful Skies, I found ones that weren’t so beautiful one summer here in Howard County.

Some weather shots up by the Howard County fairgrounds. Put these in sequence. I’ve got to do more storm photos. Nature is so impressive. Sorry about the slight shake on the 7th photo down. That boomer was very close and the shock wave got me. Should have had a tripod set up. Live and learn.

Waves of coulds Photo by Mike Hartley

Waves of could’s
Photo by Mike Hartley

Waves cresting Photo by Mike Hartley

Waves cresting
Photo by Mike Hartley

What is that opening? Photo by Mike Hartley

What is that opening?
Photo by Mike Hartley

Powerful lightening stroke. Photo by Mike Hartley

Powerful lightning stroke.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Seems like the waves are back. Photo by Mike Hartley

Seems like the waves are back and what is that opening up in the right corner?
Photo by Mike Hartley

Yeah, that looks like clearing, maybe it moving away. Photo by Mike Hartley

Yeah, that looks like clearing, maybe it moving away.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Wow now that was impressive. Almost like the sky opened up for that stroke. Photo by Mike Hartley

Wow now that was impressive. Almost like the sky opened up for that stroke.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Oh, back to the ominous look.  Photo by Mike Hartley

Oh, back to the ominous look.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Time to flee before another strike on my head. Plus, I'm getting wet.  Photo by Mike Hartley

Time to flee before another strike on my head. Plus, I’m getting wet.
Photo by Mike Hartley


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Howard County Maryland

OK, how bout a big hand for all those men and women out in this mess cutting trees, restoring power, directing traffic, attending to accidents and towing your car to the garage. To those making the deliveries like food to your stores and your daily paper in your driveway at the worst part of the storm. At least mine was there fairly bright and early. So if you were outside you must have been moving because anything that wasn’t, wasn’t.

Man and nature become one.

Man and nature become one.
Photo by Mike Hartley
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Wish I had a full day to shoot instead of just a few minutes. Enjoyed the ice, didn’t break anything on the slipping and sliding. But man, I’m sure Howard County General was hopping today with broken this and sprained that and busted butts. Also hats off to those people staffing our doctors offices (my wife included) who are there to treat our wounded behinds.

Just a little ice on my trees

Just a little ice on my trees
Photo by Mike Hartley
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Schools closed again. The young’ins will be going to class all summer. For the most part this morning people were driving respectfully. But as the traction got better on the main roads people were ready to bogie where some were still being very conservative.

Birds won't be getting these berries today.

Birds won’t be getting these berries today.
Photo by Mike Hartley
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Hats off to BG&E for keeping my power on. Well except for one 3-5 minute period early this morning. Take the time to send those guys a note of thanks. Better yet, when you see one in your neighborhood or around it fixing things offer them a warm or cold beverage depending on the season.

Off Rt 99 just before Marriotsville Road

Off Rt 99 just before Marriotsville Road
Photo by Mike Hartley
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I was really looking forward to this Friday because I had the day off my regular job and was going to really pound away at improving this site and working with my new camera. But with the number of limbs down outside I think I’ll be firing up the chainsaw.

Entombed branch

Entombed branch
Photo by Mike Hartley
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I went outside this morning, when I guess the ice was the heaviest. It sounded as some Goliath type creature was walking through the woods behind us. Limbs and whole trees were falling at what seemed to be a huge rate.

Not going to find a meal down there today.

Not going to find a meal down there today.
Photo by Mike Hartley
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Later today I’ll try to post some warmer images to see if we can turn this winter around and be done with it despite what the groundhog said the other day.

No farming today

No farming today
Photo by Mike Hartley
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Well, were back on track, I missed a post on Super Bowl Sunday so now were 5 for 5. Will try not to let that happen again.