January 24, 2016

The Case of the Disappearing Bench

Friday Afternoon

We have a couple of benches in our yard. This one happens to sit between our living room window and the lake so it appears in quite a few of my photos. After the snow started falling on Friday I zoomed in on it with the geese in the distance. Most of the lake is covered with snow except for the open spot where the geese like to gather.

Snow fell from noon Friday until after dark on Saturday. It measured 24" next to the back door but that was in a sheltered spot. The official measurement in a nearby town was 32 inches.

The vertical picture shows our view this morning, beautiful but cold. As you can see, most of the bench has disappeared.

Late this afternoon I zoomed in on the bench for a close-up. A little of the snow has melted and the bench casts a dark shadow. I hope the sun will bring the rest of the bench into view over the next few days. 

We accomplished some significant shoveling in the front yard today. Frank completed a path to the street, and a neighbor helped dig out the car that I had parked near the street. I finished clearing the front porch and started digging a path to some of the bird feeders. (They aren't empty yet but the birds are hungry!) Also Frank cleared a path to the heat pump and removed snow from it, which you are advised to do to protect the unit.

Sharing with Shadow Shot Sunday and Sundays in My City

Today's Tips:
  1. Buy lawn furniture that you think will look nice in photos.
  2. Before a snow storm, park your car close to the street so you don't get stranded. 
  3. Clear snow off your heat pump. If that's not possible, switch to emergency heat. 
  4. If you get an unusual amount of snow, get help in clearing it. 


  1. Oh my goodness. Spectacular for sure. Hope that lovely bench reappears soon.

  2. What a great place to watch the snow from. I'm glad it will reappear.

  3. Great tips. We all need a bit of help remembering what we should be doing when all we want to do is just watch the fluffy flakes fall.

  4. you got hit with more than us! it sure is pretty isn't it?!! stay warm!

  5. A very handy way to show just how much snow you were getting!

  6. Wow, that's a dramatic illustration of how much snow you got. Hope you are staying safe and warm and that the streets and such are cleared out for you soon. Great pictures!

  7. What a great shadow shot! It's amazing to see the snow swallow up whole items in the yard!


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