Leaf on tar, hard focus

The last stretch of winter

Leaf in hard focus
(Mar 6 3:46 p.m.)

Through light rain and evaporation, the snow is gradually disappearing around these parts, uncovering brown leaves left on the ground.

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A dusting so light that walking removes it (Mar 4 12:38 p.m.)

Precipitation this week has been very light.  The weather in March so far has been cold and occasionally drizzly, but okay.

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(Mar 3 1:53 p.m.)

However, fallen branches in the above photo should give you an impression of the strong winds that came a few days.  With Thursday’s winds, I could hear the tree branches above knocking/clacking into each other; my daily walk that day felt a bit precarious.  Some days it can feel like spring— warm enough you could walk outside without a jacket, not to mention some flies out early; and some days the wind chill reminds you that it’s still winter.  (With wind chills like -18°F on Sunday… yeah, it’s best to stay in doors.)

(Mar 3 1:51 p.m.)

The snow has receded quite a bit since Snow canyons, especially this Tuesday.

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Cloudy day; even lighting. (Mar 7 4:03 p.m.)
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(Mar 3 1:51 p.m.)

No standing water for days.  Around the beginning of the month, the path to the back of the house was a small obstacle course:

(Feb 28 3:55 p.m.)
Standing water, last Tuesday (a.k.a. Crazy Tuesday). (Feb 28 3:55 p.m.)

The ice since Friday hasn’t even been slippery.  (To me, at least.  I have my methods of walking on ice.)

Frozen pond
(Mar 6 3:39 p.m.)

The same probably can’t be said for the pond at Deering Oaks, low and frozen.

Frozen pond, from hill
(Mar 6 3:43 p.m.)

The are still snow banks near parking lots.

Bank at block, hats and scarves
Hats and scarves, deliberately placed in the park, according to a news report; one hat remains on a post.  Snow adds to the vehicle block. (Mar 6 3:51 p.m.)
(Mar 6 3:38 p.m.)

I wonder what prompted the yellow tape at the baseball field.

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(Mar 6 3:32 p.m.)

Of course, the squirrels are out.  I saw one chase another.  And by the end of our visit several were in the trees, calling out— possibly over the sun setting.  (I have video proof of their calls.  They sound a little like ducks.)

Playspace
(Mar 6 3:35 p.m.)

There was some activity at the playground, despite the remaining snow.

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(Mar 6 3:35 p.m.)

I was finally able to capture this whole tree with the iPhone SE camera (without making a panorama).  You’re getting a high quality view of the park with these HDR photos.

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(Mar 6 3:34 p.m.)

The greens are captured with ease with this camera.  I had captured a large panorama in the parking lot, but it’s so huge in resolution (over 10,000 pixels wide) it crashes the old software I use to process the photos, even when pre-scaled by half.

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A reggae festival was held here last year… (Mar 6 3:41 p.m.)

Worse yet, the JPEG decoder in GraphicConverter (obsolete) overflows in decoding bright, saturated colors.  I have the programming skills (and decoder that doesn’t overflow) to write processing software of my own.  But now I don’t have the time as I’m attempting to have a life.

Stumpy
Which side was up? (Mar 6 3:49 p.m.)

At least the newer camera has allowed me to do more in less time.  I’ve also gotten lazier in terms of the cost, overlooking the fact that some of the newer photos are 2MB.  Not that I’ll run out of the free storage WordPress.com offers (3GB) any time soon.  But I do have to acknowledge that everything has a cost.

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(Mar 6 3:13 p.m.)

Well, that’s enough for one post.  I still have scores of pictures left over, out of a tally over 400 for the year so far, not counting videos.

Until next time…

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Don’t get too inebriated on Saint Patty’s Day, like this cartoon fellow. (Mar 4 4:56 p.m.)
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