A little catchin’ up, I reckon …

17 Jan

Seein' as how I couldn't post any pix for a while, I reckon this is a good time to show you folks what I've been doing. I think I won't put up too many of the coloured leaves pix, because probably everyone's been coloured-leaved 'bout half to death already, but there will probably be a few.

This is our railroad station, believe it or not … I was amazed! If that isn't Prairie School, there is no such thing as Prairie School!

One just before things start to get really cold.

Someone got inspired by Henry Moore.

I don't know what these are, but the sun in them was fantastic.

This guy thinks he runs the place … and he does.

A series of 3 … we had a very windy snowstorm …

I reckon I oughta point out, since I seem to use them as an example of what can be done with Photoshop, that the two pictures above are the same exposure. I just bent, kicked and dragged the original one, with perspective, into the more-or-less orthographic view in the second one.

And some more snow shots …

Damn near froze me arse off on that one … wind chill was -40°F. (Oddly enough, it was -40°C, too!).

Reckon I better quit fer a spell, anyways … this is gettin' kinda unwieldy, like.


Posted by on January 17, 2009 in Uncategorized


16 responses to “A little catchin’ up, I reckon …

  1. PainterWoman

    January 17, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    Some great photos there derWandersmann. Love your kitty and I wouldn't mind having that weird sculpture in my yard. I noticed that poor evergreen next to the red brick building. It's all bent over from the wind and the weight of the snow. It looks like it's as cold there as in Fargo, ND where my daughter and her husband live. I'm curious what the reeds with the feather duster-like tops are too. Very beautiful with the sun shining on them. Glad the picture thing is fixed now. We shall see. Now I've got to get busy and get up a post. It's been well over a week.

  2. derWandersmann

    January 17, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    LOL … that tree was bent over like that by a similar, but much more severe, storm (greater depth and weight of snow, stronger, more sustained winds) LAST year, and actually has recovered very well. It was bent to the ground, literally, and the local chihuahuas thought it was their Christmas present.Actually, living where you do, you are probably not aware that the type of storm that has strong unidirectional winds and heavy gobs of snow actually bends the trees (or at least the evergreen trees, because they have foliage to catch the snow) TOWARD the wind, rather than away … the greater weight of snow accumulates on the side facing the wind, and pulls the tree over.

  3. PainterWoman

    January 17, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    You're right, I was not aware of that. Our winter here was like two weeks long with rain and 40 F temps. There was one early morning freeze of 28.The temp has been in the mid-70s during the day for the last few weeks. So I guess we are alreay into spring becase my daffodil bulbs have already bloomed.

  4. derWandersmann

    January 17, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Damn! I love daffodils!

  5. PainterWoman

    January 17, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    I love them too. They are getting smaller and smaller each year though because I have not dug them up before the hot summer to store them in a cool dry place.

  6. derWandersmann

    January 18, 2009 at 10:01 am

    Do you guys have basements, down there? I seem to remember that basements are rare, with smallish "root cellars" being almost the only thing you'll find, and not too many of them. Most houses just sit on a concrete slab, as I recall. A root cellar, though, as long as it's not too damp, is a perfect place to store the bulbs over Summer. Of course, by-and-large, your soil is about like concrete, too, unless you catch it at just the right time, so digging them up can be something of a chore, too.

  7. PainterWoman

    January 18, 2009 at 10:01 am

    The soil being like concrete is the reason you won't find too many houses with basements here. Even just digging to make the foundation for a house, many builders find solid rock. Then it has to be blasted out with explosives which can be a very expensive process.

  8. Merc1

    January 18, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    I love these photos! they're great!

  9. derWandersmann

    January 18, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    Painterwoman:Damn! I've gotta move there! I LOVE explosives! Yeah, I know … grow up. They've been telling me that for almost 70 years, now, and it hasn't happened yet.Mercedes:Thank you, dear.

  10. glenno

    January 19, 2009 at 12:01 am

    Dont matter where you go, dogs have owners and cats have staff. Nice photos! 🙂

  11. derWandersmann

    January 19, 2009 at 1:01 am

    Thank you. That's one of the troubles I have with having a dog … the dog wants a boss, and gets unhappy with me because I HATE being a boss. It's not that I'm sub, it's that I don't want a master and I don't want to be a master.My last good ol' girl, though … I think she finally caught on … I wanted her to think for herself … but she could come to me for help. She was a damn smart dog … I'm looking forward to being with her again.

  12. greatZenaida

    October 19, 2013 at 3:10 am

    Very nice arrangement pictures, and it was year Jan. 2009..your pictures tells the story in so many ways…for exam. " Life story ":yes: A year 2009, it was my remarkable memories…I have to choosed to live life or just simply die…it was beginning of spring! new life or death…but damn it, I made it! :yes: :spock: :rip:

  13. derWandersmann

    October 19, 2013 at 10:10 am

    I'm glad you made the choice that you did, Zena. We'd have missed you.

  14. greatZenaida

    October 20, 2013 at 12:10 am

    Originally posted by derWandersmann:

    I'm glad you made the choice that you did, Zena.

    :yes: but the point is…looking all these of pictures of you, reminded me the winter depression…and the (???) is asking myself over and over again…how long I can handle it, I am not suitable in this climate….my beauty doesn't belong in this kind of weather…:no: do you understand me? 😆

  15. derWandersmann

    October 20, 2013 at 10:10 am

    LOL … sure, I do. I've discovered that my "beauty" doesn't belong in a warm climate, to my regret. But there is this: In the Netherlands, you are an exotic beauty, whereas in the Philippines, you are one among many. So you should stay in the Netherlands, if only to bring some life and sunshine to the cold, wet North. They need it … and you.Another point … I do not know how you would have fared in the Philippines, but in your present environment I see you learning and growing. You are intelligent, Zena, and it shows. This can't be a bad thing.

  16. greatZenaida

    October 20, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Originally posted by derWandersmann:

    LOL … sure, I do. I've discovered that my "beauty" doesn't belong in a warm climate, to my regret.

    😆 Okay…if you said so! :awww: to be correctly I lived in Zuid Holland, the famous city, that you can almost find anything you want…Originally posted by derWandersmann:

    You are intelligent, Zena, and it shows. This can't be a bad thing.

    😮 I am not intelligent, but just a wise person…and passionate about photography that I've never know myself…:yes: :happy: :heart:


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