Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Snow changes our world

  I woke around 5 am on Saturday morning to see how bad the situation was outside.  I knew it was going to be bad when looking at the radar on my phone Friday afternoon.  We would get snow but I also thought perhaps part of it would become rain... it did not.

This is one of the first photos I took that morning.  From my bedroom window I saw this.  Almost all the cars in my parking were completely covered in snow.  In this picture you can see an antenna in the center of the picture.

 Many houses looked very quaint. 

 I have heard a lot of criticisms about the clearing of the roads.

First of all this was an extreme storm.  Extreme meaning way above 'normal'.

People asked "why weren't they cleaning the roads during the storm?"  I personally talked to the "plow guys"... many of the guys aren't experienced in this type of storm (who is?).  And during the storm they had no visibility on the road.

It is hard enough to plow a snow packed road in a clear night.  It is impossible to clear a road when snow is falling at 4 inches an hour.  You can't clear a road with no visibility.

This photo is a reminder of why our city puts those "flags" on our fire hydrants. 

Wind whips around a hydrant
as it sits snugly in a blanket of snow. 

It is times like these why we see the need for the precautions.

 I really enjoyed the unique patterns that the wind and snow created. 

Its a type of art that I get excited about.  It reminds me of the same types of beauty like sand drifts and mountains.

I walked up Lake street to see someone trudging along to shovel a neighbors driveway.

This is where snow changes our world.  This person is walking on a city road.  But the snow has made it temporarily back into a natural world.

A path wondering left and right.

At the end of the night I took this picture of the stars.  It is a reminder that we all live under the same blanket...

Darrell Lucas


Jam (Jennifer Mahr) said...

I love your photos! Nice job, beautifully expressed. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Much enjoyed. Thank you Darrell

Anonymous said...

Ditto above. However, keep in perspective Mayor Dan said most roads cleared before Noon on Sunday and praised himself for doing such a fine job when in fact, he was giving us a "snow job".

He's still trying to talk himself out of that one. Why lie to the residents who know different? I'll remember next election and not vote for him.

Anonymous said...

This are gorgeous photos, Darrell. Bravo!
— Cassandra Day

John Pag said...

Great photos, thanks for the level headed perspective as well.

joseph getter said...

Great photo set!

christine o'grady said...

Beautiful Photos Darrell. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Lovely piece and fine photos. It's amazing that so much natural beauty can prompt the kind of ugly, self-centered behavior on display in the past week. Apparently not being able to drive down the street is a kind of human rights violation.

Anonymous said...

What do your taxes pay for? I get the impression you are independently wealthy and don't need to work, but most of Middletown is working-class who can't afford to pay for all the things a city is supposed to do. Glad you can afford to privately plow your street and property and forget about getting anything in return for your tax payment.

Bob Dutcher said...

What a lovely array of photos and a poetic commentary. I shared your sense of wonder and beauty about this storm. The clearing of the roads was a minor inconvenience compared to the miracle of the snowstorm. Perhaps the city plow operation could have planned a bit better for this type of extraordinary storm but Middletown seems to have done no worse than any other town and city in Connecticut. Also, the law has a concept for this type of natural event, which would exonerate the plowers from liability, should a situation like this ever end up in court: Act of God.