Posts Tagged ‘McDowell Forest Preserve in winter’

for Life in Colour: yellow and FOTD

Ann-Christine has set forth a challenge of stripes and/checks this week, so let’s go hunting. Or should I say let’s check it out? 🙂 Although we now live in Arizona, I’ve lived in the Midwest with four seasons all my life. So as odd as it seems to many people, I miss winter. So my stripes are from Illinois winters, while my checks are from downtown Chicago. Feel free to curl up with some hot chocolate or hot coffee or tea while viewing.

Snow with the remnants of irises.

From “my” park, a place I miss with a deep longing.

Our neighbors’ fence.

The big city. Not in winter.

Su from Zimmerbitch nominated me for this travel photo challenge. We’re not just traveling today, the two in the photo are as well. Today I nominate Drake at ledrakenoir to post ten travel photos, no explanation required. You may accept or decline. 🙂 If you accept, please link back to this post. Cheers.

Amy at The World Is A Book sets us the challenge of recalling precious memories in a year that might have lack any or many. She’s shared lots of lovely photos of happy, mask-less people, something which probably features large in any of our precious memories. I’m going much further back to share the precious memory of family.

Memories, precious to me, of “my” park in Illinois and winter, which I do miss.

Wonderful memories of a memorable trip to Yosemite.

A beautiful welcome to Arizona!

And for the furthest back memory, a selfie of sorts with “my” first horse/pony. The owner brought the pony to our house during his trip around the neighborhoods and my parents paid for my photo to be taken. Happy? Oh, yeah! Much better than the ice cream truck!

While there’s no frost today (probably more rain), I thought I should enjoy some photos of it, as omce in Arizona, we won’t want to see it! I love it! Though! So here are a few from earlier in the year.

Monday I headed for the park, isolation, and fresh air the order of a Coronavirus day, plus the need for soul food. I was blessed to see three groups of deer, none of whom spooked, allowing me to even get a halfway decent shot or two with my iPhone.

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No, don’t turn your head, monitor, or other viewing device. This really is what I saw it during the last big snow not too many days ago. Can’t see the forest for the trees.

© janet m. webb

Although I know Jo’s shivering just read this and will continue to do so as she virtually walks with me, this really was my dream walk. Many of you know we’re getting ready to move to Arizona in a few months, which prompts everyone to tell us how lucky we are. Truth be told, I grew up in the Midwest and, except for several years when I lived in Steamboat Springs, Colorado (think skiing plus an extra season, mud season, which comes after winter), I’ve lived with four seasons all my life. I confess: I love winter!

I’ve been actually praying for a good snow before we leave, but it’s been an almost snow-less winter so far. But when I woke up last week, we had about 5″ of snow, enough to feel and look like a good snow, but not so much that it was a problem.

After shoveling the driveway, I headed for the park, where my dream got even better…I was the first person to walk there since the snow had fallen!!! My cheeks and my smile were both frozen on my face.

Everything was covered with snow and breath-takingly beautiful!!

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For One Word Sunday