Posts Tagged ‘Winter’

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Gone, But Not Forgotten.”

I call this combine, which appears to be abandoned, the “Row Warrior” in honor of its long years of work in the wintry fields of North Dakota. Looking like a tank, it seems to be defending the rows it has harvested. From what? Who knows? The Row Warrior is gone from the fields, but not forgotten

Row Warrior

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I have been traveling in North Dakota a recently and had the good fortune to run across one of my favorite weather phenomena — hoarfrost. Hoarfrost is a heavy coating of ice that is typically deposited on vegetation leading to a winter wonderland appearance.  As the temperature of moist air drops its ability to hold moisture is reduced. When the air temperature is above freezing, dew forms. At temperatures fall below freezing the moisture in saturated air may condense directly to ice (hoarfrost).  Here are some photos of hoarfrost in North Dakota.

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Trip to 4Bears - December 04, 2014 - 0023-Edit

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I was recently in North Dakota visiting my father-in-law who lives in Minot. The major winter chill has hit there just as hard as it has hit most of the rest of the country although the area has avoided much of the heavy snow. The cold (temperatures often in the low single digits) has been only part of the story in the area. The wind has persistently been over 25 miles per hour with gusts between 30-50 miles per hour. The resulting wind chill has often resulted in temperatures in the teens and twenties below zero degrees Fahrenheit.

My first photo is of a horse as it tries to get some food from a frozen field. It isn’t snowing heavily, but the snow is blowing around causing near white out conditions.

Along County Hwy 3 (Snow Day) - November 17, 2014 - 158-2

In this photo, the wind has died down for a bit. I simply liked the composition.

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After the harvest (in what appeared to be a relatively rare corn field), the cattle go through the field to eat what they can find.  Again, there was not much snow, but it was bitterly cold with the wind chill.

Along Hwy 2 - November 17, 2014 - 0019-Edit

Finally, some rays of hope — the forecast indicates warmer weather within the next week.

Along Hwy 2 - November 17, 2014 - 0067-Edit

My wife and I live in a very nice neighborhood but I can’t say that we have an exceptional view most of the time. There are, however, certain times when the view gets pretty good if one is prepared and persistent, okay, really persistent. To demonstrate, here is our more or less regular view:

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Here is the view of the same house (albeit with more sky) that you can catch  during a summer thunderstorm if you are very persistent and have quite a bit of luck:

3D Lightning

Alternatively, here is a view of the front door of the same house following a rather vigorous winter snow storm over the Christmas holiday in 2012:

Merry Christmas 2013

I hope you enjoy my contribution to the initial Photo a Week Challenge.

Anamoose - December 22, 2013 - 87

My father-in-law is from Anamoose, North Dakota. We have stopped in town in years’ passed, but haven’t been on the highway passing by town for a while. I’m not sure when they put up the new sign, but it shows they have a sense of humor, which you need in winters such as this one.

First Snow of 2013 - November 11, 2013 - 025

Well it is has finally come. Two days ago we had our first measurable snowfall of the year. Given that it was the first snowfall, I thought it would be nice to make its acquaintance on a more intimate basis. Thus the photo you see above.  Despite the fact that it is now very cold, the snow is gone. It was welcome while it was here, but since there have been years when the first snow  did not melt until spring I was not sad to see it leave.

A Word A Week Photo Challenge - Face

Me coming in after snow blowing some heavy, wet snow on a windy day,