“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!”
― Dr. Seuss
So a couple things. Firstly, yes I know that these pics are a week late. I’ve been busy. Between two jobs I’m on a two week stretch without a day off. What a way to start the new year, right? But on the other hand, working this hard during the holidays is a good test for me…a sort of personal challenge to keep my spirits up (or maybe it’s just a diversion). Anyhow, all of these were taken on Christmas. The photo above (sorry, that one was actually shot on Christmas Eve Day) was taken as I unlocked my bike at a coffee shop. The car was parked right up to my bike and as I looked up the cross shone in the sunlight…perfect and appropriate, I thought. So I took it’s photo. The next four photos below were taken on the way to my sister’s house for a family gathering on Christmas. I was actually in a car (yes, it’s true…car share) and I took a detour to Buffalo’s outer harbor for a bit of peace along the way. I love it there any time of year. And the last photo below–the moon, of course–is the first Christmas full moon since 1977. It took it’s photo, with a glass of wine in hand, from my front yard when I arrived home in the evening.
Today I went down to Buffalo’s Outer Harbor in search of the elusive snowy owl that has taken up home in Western New York. And no, I did not ride my bike the six miles each way in these frigid temperatures, I used Buffalo Car Share. To be honest, I actually contemplated it but am glad I did not…the high today was like 15F and when I got to the shore of the lake the wind was so strong that I had to lean into it and brace myself to take a photo…my hands were frozen (as I took my leather mitts off to adjust and snap the camera) and I had to remember to hold the lens cap (which is attached to the camera by a string) or the wind would whip it around and it would smack me in the side of the head. And I purposely went around dusk because this is when not only owls but other animals are said to hunt, but also so I could capture the natural blue hue of a winter’s cold sunset…but the temperature was dropping. Thus said, I have to admit that it was nice to find refuge in the warmth of a car in between photos. But alas, I did not see a snowy owl…or a fox, or a coyote, or a deer, or a falcon, or an eagle (all of which live in the area). In fact, the only “animals” I did see were other photographers in search of snowy owls. But, despite the wind burning and bone chilling cold, I really enjoyed myself and was in awe of the power of Mother Nature, and was (and still am) thankful to live in proximity to such an incredible natural resource (it’s a 20 minute bike ride in nicer weather). Anyhow, click any photo for a slightly larger view.