It’s a cold and monochrome world…

That ugly name the meteorologists have coined ‘The Polar Vortex’ has returned to our land.  The temperatures, while not as cold as in some places like the northeast, have been bone chillingly cold.  Cold as in waking up to 4 degrees with the wind whipping resulting in wind chills of -10.  Going out, if you are brave enough (some would call it silly enough), meant layers upon layers, boots, puffer coats, gloves, scarves and something to protect your face because that cold and wind felt like little icicles jabbing you in the face.  I’ve yet to find a pair of gloves that keep my hands warm all the way to the tips of my fingers.

This photo was taken in a nearby park last month when the world looked the same as it does today but we were at a balmy 30 degrees.  A semi-frozen creek is framed by the only green things growing around here now, pine trees.  The rivers around here have little ice flows slowly floating in them and while I think it would make a great shoot… I miss the southwest very much now!

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  1. #1 by Nancy on February 15, 2016 - 8:51 am

    Brrrr….. Brrrr……!!!
    But, I will say that the snowy weather makes for beautiful shots.
    But, like you…. I just can’t be “silly” enough to get out there in the cold to photograph when I visit that area of the world. (Wait… I use to do that all the time!) My blood is thinner now.
    We miss you out here in the Southwest!

    • #2 by imagesbytdashfield on February 15, 2016 - 8:56 am

      I miss you out there too. Trying to figure out if and when we can return but I’m past due visiting friends and family in Missouri too!

  2. #3 by Timothy Price on February 15, 2016 - 10:05 am

    Cold is the normal state of temperatures during winter. Polar Vortex. These people really worry me with their silly names to explain the fact that it gets cold in the wintertime.

    • #4 by imagesbytdashfield on February 15, 2016 - 4:43 pm

      Whatever they call it…when it’s this cold it’s past normal!

      • #5 by Timothy Price on February 15, 2016 - 5:12 pm

        We tend to want to classify weather we are comfortable with as normal, and everything that we feel is too hot or too cold or too wet or too dry as not normal, but really we don’t know what “normal” really is.

      • #6 by imagesbytdashfield on February 15, 2016 - 5:18 pm

        Weather is what it is and we will always find something to say about it one way or the other.

      • #7 by Timothy Price on February 15, 2016 - 5:27 pm

        That’s right.

  3. #8 by A. Blake on February 15, 2016 - 12:30 pm

    It is freezing outside and now it’s snowing again!!!! But it’s the price we pay for living in the MidAtlantic!

    • #9 by imagesbytdashfield on February 15, 2016 - 4:43 pm

      Stay warm and safe…reports say we may get about 3 inches of snow tonight.

      • #10 by A. Blake on February 15, 2016 - 9:07 pm

        We didn’t get too much and tomorrow it’s supposed to be 60 degrees!

      • #11 by imagesbytdashfield on February 15, 2016 - 9:28 pm

        And I am officially very jealous!

  4. #12 by milfordstreet on February 15, 2016 - 12:59 pm

    Lovely image. Yes, the cold is a nuisance but we are halfway through February. Come on spring!

  5. #14 by ChgoJohn on February 15, 2016 - 5:37 pm

    Yep, that’s winter, all right. Ain’t it about time it got outta Dodge? I just a tad bit over it.

    • #15 by imagesbytdashfield on February 15, 2016 - 9:29 pm

      I suppose it will leave soon…I just hate the teasing of nice weather one day then snow and yuck for several days.

  6. #16 by pfeifferphotography72 on February 15, 2016 - 6:06 pm

    I love this photo!

  7. #18 by Lignum Draco on February 15, 2016 - 6:29 pm

    Lovely photo but I can’t even begin to imagine such cold. You’re brave to venture out with a piece of metal in your hands. Does the camera function alright?

    • #19 by imagesbytdashfield on February 15, 2016 - 9:30 pm

      Below freezing and the camera doesn’t go out with me but when I take it out in the cold I hold it in my arms to help and take necessary precautions to keep it working properly.

  8. #20 by Indah Susanti on February 16, 2016 - 3:20 pm

    Oh talking about cold… 😀 Similar temperature here now – gosh, I am so glad that it is warmer! 😀
    The monochrome image is equally beautiful as the colorful one!

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