Monday, January 31, 2011

An Actual Winter Wonderland

I must admit I had yet another winter weather breakdown last night, when Eric and I turned on the local news and our weather forecast included the word "awful" and a segment entitled "Things To Worry About." The news isn't even trying to sugarcoat it anymore, people.

Can you read what it says for Wednesday? It actually says "awful."

"Things to Worry About." That's great.

All I can say is that stupid groundhog better not see his shadow on Wednesday. Get out of your burrow, groundhog! Bring on early spring! Of course, judging by Wednesday's weather forecast of "awful," there will probably not be any shadows to be seen. A silver lining to the nasty weather!

But today, let's get back to thinking this is beautiful. I want to share more of our pictures from Thursday morning with you. As you know, last week we got another 15-19" of snow. When Eric and I woke up on Thursday morning, this was the scene out our living room window:

I do like those trees.

Wow. Unlike that December 26th blizzard, it seems this storm did not bring crazy winds with it, which kept the snow on the tree branches and it was really beautiful (yes, it pains me to admit that, but it was). Unfortunately, the snow ceased early enough in the morning that the roads were mostly cleared and Eric's office was open for business, so he had to go in to work. No snow day for him! I was working from home that day, but decided to walk with Eric to work first, to take in some of the snowy scenery. We brought the camera along and Eric took some pics as we walked.

Snowy street in our neighborhood

Snowy fire escape

There's a police car under there!

Snowy grocery store and street signs

The Promenade at Rockefeller Center

St. Patrick's Cathedral

When Eric headed in to his office, I took the camera with me and decided to take the long way home through Central Park to see it all snowy. Judging by the trees along the streets, I thought Central Park might be pretty awesome. And let me tell you what - it was. I planned to only make a quick pass through there, but I ended up spending nearly two hours wandering through the park. As I said, there was virtually no wind, so the snow stayed stuck to the tree limbs. Everything was freshly fallen and largely undisturbed. Plus, just as I arrived at the park, the clouds cleared, the sun came out, and the sky was the most lovely shade of blue. It was so gorgeous. And because it was a weekday, there were hardly any people in the park. It was so peaceful and so beautiful. I've never seen anything like it. It was an actual, honest-to-goodness winter wonderland.

Southeast corner of Central Park

Tree branches

The Bridge

Ducks on the Pond

Just try to walk through here without singing "walkin' in a winter wonderland..." in your head!

Another view of the Bridge

Snow-covered benches

There's actually stairs under that snow on the right.

The Literary Walk

The Mall

Angel of the Waters (Bethesda Fountain)

Snowy mess near Strawberry Fields

Pine Bank Arch

Columbus Circle/Southwest corner of Central Park

Isn't it amazing? I was just so overcome with how gorgeous it was. I'm so glad I had the opportunity to take such a peaceful walk through such a beautiful place and really take it all in. It doesn't change the fact that I wish it were nearly summer, but it sure was pretty to see!

If you want to see more of our pictures, I put them all on our photo share site!


moderndaywife said...

Wow so pretty..but the pictures also make me very very cold haha!

MrsSMS523 said...

Wow! Sooo pretty. I am preparing for a blizzard tomorrow and Wednesday. Sucks...

Becky said...

Admittedly beautiful, but unacceptable. That's all I have to say about that.