Friday, February 5, 2016

City Views, Country Dreams

Good morning from New York.

Large, moist snowflakes are painting the tree branches white.


These flakes do not have the power to coat the streets or sidewalks, and weather forecasters say that the sun will be back around midday.


Meanwhile, I do like the looks of the ginkgo tree just the other side of my front window.  When I first saw its central branch this morning I thought someone had tossed a polka dot scarf into the air that had then been caught by the tree.  Perhaps you all will also be fooled by the snow's effect?


I've always liked these sorts of lacy accumulations.


It's odd that only a day ago, my down-filled coat felt too warm.  I'm hoping that tomorrow's temperature will be warm enough to encourage me to have a walk over to Central Park.  I am very curious to discover what our odd January and February weather has brought to the Park, and will be taking my camera with me.

Meanwhile, thank you all for your visits and comments on my blizzard posts.  That recent snowstorm now seems so long ago.  This morning, the snow is just flirting with us.


41 comments:

  1. Can't wait to see those pics of the park Frances. I am so ready for spring.

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    1. The sun did come out this afternoon, Donna, thanks to a very chilly wind. Fingers crossed that tomorrow will be above freezing.

      What an odd winter! xo

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  2. Flirting very prettily, Frances! Lovely tree photos.

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    1. Thank you. Elizabeth! There is just something about seeing a familiar view transformed by those flakes. xo

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  3. What a beautiful view you have. I love the lacy look of trees in the winter.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. I am very fortunate to have such a classic NYC streetscape view available from my front window. My other view is much less beautiful, but also a classic NYC view, of other apartment windows, a la the Hitchcock film, Rear Window. xo

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  4. I love your snowy branches. I've been playing around with the view from my window today too and trying to get the camera to see what I see. It's not as easy as you make it look!

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    1. Thanks, Shawn for your compliment. My own front window photographs truly depend on the light quality at the time I click my camera. Then, afterwards, I can upload the photographs to the laptop and try some cropping to find a better image.

      Sort of point and shoot, plus.

      xo

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  5. What lovely shots from your window, Frances. I have always found beauty in snow-etched branches. The beauty is fleeting - and perhaps that accounts for their fascination for me.

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    1. Dear Pondside, I do agree with you about certain fleeting beauty. xo

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  6. I'm glad the snow is only flirting. Much prettier and easier to manage than your recent weather. We continue under leaden grey skies but plenty of spring flower action going on.

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    1. Lucille, perhaps those leaden grey skies help to accent the pretty colors of spring flowers. Our local flower stands are all offering bright tulips flown in from distant gardens.

      xo

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  7. What beautiful pictures, the trees look so delicate. I am glad it is just a little snow for you this time dear Frances. Wishing you a happy weekend.
    Helen xox

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    1. Thank you, Helen, for your visit. As predicted, the snowy decorations have all disappeared thanks to the afternoon sun. xo

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  8. Yes it was such a pretty unexpected snowfall - and all vanished now!

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    1. I'm glad that the Sanitation Dept didn't have to attach those plows again! xo

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  9. Nature in all her beauty!
    The trees look like gossamer - so delicate.
    TVNZ and Radio New Zealand have a roving reporter in New York so we saw coverage of the blizzards.
    I love these reports from New York - rather like Alistair Cookes the BBC British journalist we followed for years.
    America is a fascinating country and we are following your election process with great interest.
    Your posts are always interesting and informative Frances.
    Shane

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    1. Oh Shane, you are far too kind...putting me alongside Mr Cooke. What a legend he was!

      I'm delighted that you do enjoy my reporting. xo

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  10. Greetings from beautiful Charleston, S.C., Frances! New reader here....been reading your pretty blog and enjoying all the pictures. Enjoy reading about your NYC adventures!

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    1. It's grand to know I have a new reader in beautiful Charleston. I'll be looking forward to seeing your future comments. Cheers!

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  11. So magic snowy tree!!kisses from a rainig Italy today!!

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    1. Thank you for visiting here all the way from Italy. Wonder what form our next NYC snow will take.

      Best wishes.

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  12. Ah, flirting snow Frances, I can cope with that

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    1. I laughed when I typed flirting snow, and smiled when I read it again in your comment. Yes, some snow is serious business, but sometimes...we get the light touch.

      xo

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  13. I love that sort of snow! Around here it's usually gone in a few hours. Your pictures are beautiful!

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    1. Gina, it's always enjoyable to have an early morning view of the city that shows its softer side.

      xo

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  15. Thank you, Vicki. Isn't Mother Nature a fabulous artist! xo

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  16. Isn't it interesting how each kind of tree have a particular pattern of branches.

    Looks very unlikely that we'll get snow here in SW Suffolk. As I type Storm Imogen is roaring ... we're just get the tail end of her but she's pretty lively!
    xx

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    1. I agree with you, Celia, about those branching patterns. It takes a bit of morning snow to remind me.

      Very light snow was falling as I returned home for work this evening. I might be wrong, but I don't expect these flakes to amount to much
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  17. Frost and snow transform the winter landscape and weave magic, but there has been so little of either here in Suffolk this winter and I do miss it, despite the inevitable disruption! I hope you took your walk in the park, Frances.

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    1. Marianne, a winter without snow seems deficient somehow...even with the disruption.

      No, I seem to have caught a cold that kept me indoors over the weekend. Hoping to get over to the Park soon, once I kick the last remnants of this cold away.

      xo

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  18. Dear Frances, I've missed you and your delightful posts but you were very much in our thoughts when we saw the weather forecasts even though I didn't manage to comment. The blue, blue skies reminded me of our visit to you, but I'm glad we didn't see that much snow! I'm glad you've kept snug and safe. All best to you, Cxx

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  19. Chris, thank you so much for taking time to visit here. My very best wishes to you and Tom. I'm hoping that we all might be able to see each other again...perhaps this year. xo

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  20. Snowy and very beautiful! We didn´t have much snow here this year, but ok, it´s still only februari...
    Have a lovely evening Frances, take care!
    Titti

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    1. Titti, light snow like this is beautiful...and doesn't inconvenience us too much. Now it's gotten really, really cold again, with lots of fierce wind adding to the chill. Yes, it's only February! xo

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  21. The snow on the trees looks lovely Frances.

    I wanted to thank you once again for your email about your friends documentary at the Rotterdam film festival. I tried to obtain a ticket, but unfortunately it was already booked full. Such a shame. I would have loved to see it and meet your friend afterwards!

    Don't know if she will be at the Rotterdam festival again next year, but if so, I will try again!

    Have a lovely day!

    Madelief x

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    1. Thanks so much for this comment, Madelief, and will pass it along to Sara. Of course, I'm delighted that the film sold out, but sorry you didn't get to see it. I'll let you know when the film actually gets into some general release.

      xo

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