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Winter Week

After a week of good old-fashioned winter weather, things are looking a little better around here. We had 31.5″ of snow in the last 7 days. Finally, a week of winter, to help rescue us from another weak winter. I am thinking I will be up on the roof this week. #ILoveWinter.


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Looking at the house from the front yard. (C) 1inawesomewonder 2017.


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Ground level, looking uphill at a section of our driveway. (C) 1inawesomewonder 2017.


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This section of our driveway gets almost no sun, and usually thaws sometime in April. (C) 1inawesomewonder 2017.


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The view, from the driveway, through a row of pines, to the front yard. (C) 1inawesomewonder 2017.

Night Lights in NH

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Check the forecast at http://www.gi.alaska.edu.

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There are different maps to choose from, but this one is my favorite.

I am a family man living in southern New Hampshire, USA. I live where I live, and in the middle of the night, without venturing from home, I see what I see.

I gaze at the night sky from just north of the 43rd parallel. But on night’s like last night, the forecast was special. Rated a 6 out of 10, or a ‘high’. And the map showed that I would be well above the viewing line of the north horizon. Were I further north, or higher in elevation, my views would have been even more impressive. Then again, you never know if cloud cover will override the forecast, too. So, upon seeing the forecast for last night, I was happy to see that there was not a cloud anywhere to be seen.

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It started with no moon and a bright starry sky.

Now, I am not very good at taking pictures, especially at night, but I do try. A lot. These pictures honestly don’t do the scene justice, but I wanted to share them so that others might also #getoutside and see that there is just so much to see.

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I live where I live, so I see what I can see. Looking north over the top of my neighbor’s house.

I was outside from 12:30 am until just after 2:00 am. It was 39°F, and the breeze was doing all it could to be upgraded to a full-fledged wind. After my eyes adjusted I was amazed at the light, even with no visible moon. Just stars, and these dancing lights on the horizon.

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I waited, and I watched. looking for the light.

I used the tripod (awesome gift from my kids, a few years back), my camera, and I stood in my front yard, grinning. I must admit that I was tired, and probably a little giddy too. I thanked the Lord out loud, and I prayed off and on. I sang the words to How Great Thou Art, and I had an absolute blast out there by myself, watching the sky.

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Then, it started. The light show I have been hoping to see.

Even though I didn’t want to go inside, I figured that at some point I had to go in and sleep. So, shortly after 2:00 am, I went inside. I checked the temperature, still 39°F. And I went upstairs to bed.

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Blurry, yes, but wow. The colors rise up illuminate the sky.

From upstairs the view was even more impressive, but I didn’t want to shoot pictures through the screens. Or, open the windows to the cool breezes and freeze out my wife. Minutes after I climbed into bed, our youngest son came into our room and climbed into bed. I noticed that he was wide awake. Then father and son, had a nice little moment as I held him up high to the window and let him stare at the lights on the horizon. I asked him if he knew what they were called (he’s 6 years old). He said, “Yes, they are the Southern Lights”. Close enough. He corrected himself and then referenced the movie ‘The Polar Express’. We enjoyed this moment somewhere around 2:30 am. He was nearly as excited as I had been.

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As if the stars weren’t enough, God arranged more lights for the show last night.

Then, finally, with everyone tucked into bed, I found sleep. I am willing to bet that I fell asleep with a smile on my face. I thoroughly enjoyed being out in the cool, clean, crisp air, watching the skies and all of the beauty found across this vast space. All from my little spot here in NH, where trees in all directions block most of the views to the horizon. One day, or night, I’ll get to an open, elevated, space when the forecast is 5 or higher, and I’ll watch.

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Amazing!

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I had so much fun watching these lights.

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I watched and kept taking picture after picture.

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Finally I called it a night. Buy, my oh my, what a delight!

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Low Ceiling

 

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St. John River valley big sky. (Click on the picture to enlarge)

Sometimes the sky is freedom, other times it presses like a heavy load.

Either way, you can’t go wrong with the view from the old Dryer Road.

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Sound Sunset

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Looking to the western skies over the Pamlico Sound. (C) 1inawesomewonder 2016. (click on the image for a larger version)

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OBX Funnel 

We watched as the clouds lowered, and then this funnel touched down. (C) 1inawesomewonder 2016.

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Lightning Pics from Hartland, NB

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These are still pictures taken from video. These pictures were taken in, and around, Hartland, New Brunswick, Canada. July 2016. My cousin, his girlfriend, and I, spent a couple of hours venturing out in to the warm evening along the … Continue reading

Ice in the air

A couple of days ago, I went in search of nearby winter weather. I found ice. Everywhere.

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Every blade, every twig, encased in ice.

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Spruce needles bulk up with ice.

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There was ice in the fog, and on everything I could see.

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Branches are pretty cool, but these branches take that to a new level.

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If any surface was exposed, it had ice on it or ice hanging from it.