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Where’s Winter?

We were out at the Quabbin Reservoir this morning and there may have been a few images worthy of posting as a result, we’ll see.  It’s been a very tough winter for capturing anything at all compelling.  A creative drought just like the dry air.  Where is winter anyway?  I shouldn’t complain since I have to drive an hour to work and in the snow that is not fun!  (Now watch, in just a week or two, we will be inundated and it will be my fault.)  You can’t judge climate by local weather so is this a harbinger of things to come?  Unclear.  I did note that the Department of Agriculture recently released new plant/crop growing “hardiness” guidelines that reflect our warming earth.  The USDA divides the country into zones based in part on average temperatures.  They have moved every zone basically “up” one zone, confirming the observation that plants from lower latitudes are finding life more hospitable up this way.  So where did winter go?

We did have a brief taste this past week, during which we observed the all important principal with regarding to winter photography.  Get out there while it’s still snowing. We walked to Worcester State University, to visit one of our favorite trees, The Lancer Oak.  I’ve mentioned The Lancer Oak on many occasions here.  At over 125 years of age, it’s reputed to be the oldest Oak tree in the City.  It watches out over the campus on a day like this like a gigantic, patient, Overlord.

Stretching it’s arms.

And reaching for the sky.  A Lion in Winter (apologies to James Goldman).

So, where’s winter?

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Winter? What winter? This is like March. I expect the Red Sox to start playing any day now.
    Magnificent tree.

    January 30, 2012
    • jameshuntphotography #

      Ah yes, it does feel like baseball season some days. Very soon I think.

      February 4, 2012
  2. Sandra #

    Love that Lancer Oak! Thanks.

    January 31, 2012
    • jameshuntphotography #

      Hi Sandra

      Thanks. FYI, the Oak is behind the main buildings on the campus, probably one of the reasons it is so healthy (less pollution, fewer puppies). If you stand at the brick gates and look back between the buildings you can spot it. There is a plaque at the base of the tree and some nice benches for sitting near by. It’s a lovely spot.

      February 4, 2012

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