Let’s Phlog Monday: When Winter Weeps

Wet, wet and more wet that’s what the long weekend has brought us here in the land of beaches and cream. It has been raining hard for the last two and a half days with no let up until at least Thursday. Today is a no work day, thanks to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and her not so real birthday.

To begin with a winter quote from Edith Sitwell:

Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth,  for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire:  it is the time  for home.

This is a warm up photo and not one of mine.
Photo from flikr – song under the sugar sugar.

It certainly is a time for home … or a time for canoes, ducks, rubber boots and jumping and wading through puddles. It’s also a time for stews, dumplings, apple strudel and hot chocolate.

But first, a small winter joke and a nice topical segue…

Q: What do you get from sitting on the ice too long?

A: Polaroids

Please grab a mug of something and enjoy this week’s photos.

Driving Rain

Dark Descends

Winter Weeps

These were taken last week, just after a southerly decended on my town. A southerly refers to a cold change from the South usually bringing with it chilly Antarctic winds. In this case, the change decsended rapidly causing the light to dim and tempratures to plummet. It also brought with it heavy rain.

The pictures were taken from a skybridge in which I sought shelter. Minutes before the change, the outdoors were filled with people. Despite the weather, life pushes on.

What do you love about Winter?

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27 thoughts on “Let’s Phlog Monday: When Winter Weeps

  1. While I here in my neck of the woods experienced 90 degree weather and sunshine today–a perfect day for a family trip to a water park. But I do enjoy a good rainy day at times, and I love those images you posted!

  2. It’s as hot as hell here today…ugh and we are expecting the rains starting tomorrow, my plants will be happy. I love the photo, it’s so still and telling. As for Winter, I love that it makes my home seem more cozy!

  3. I love the pictures. The water streaming down is incredible, great catch! I love winter. My philosophy of summer is… The Lord gives me a reminder of how miserable I will be in hell (with all this heat and humidity) that I will stay on the straight and narrow and follow Him so I can live in Heaven where the weather is perfect and I don’t sweat. Winter is wonderful, I love the cold and the wind, I say this as I prepare to walk my dog in the 84 degree temp and it is so humid the clouds are sweating. Thanks for this post, it makes me yearn for November! DAF

    • I’m yearning for November as well DAF :). I’ll even settle for September and Spring. Feeling the cold considerably. And thanks for the feedback on the photos, the rain gives it a neat rippling effect.

  4. Cold here at the moment, winter is indeed upon us. The cape receives it’s rain in winter, unlike the rest of South Africa where summer rainfall is the norm. Last time I was in England it was freeeeeeeeeeezing and all the roads were so slippery. Winter for me means mud in the house but amazing greenery outside. My geese, after the long summer, have enough to eat and don’t roam so far from home looking for fresh grass. It also brings the Egyptian geese and ducks from the north who come here to breed. The evenings are usually spent watching a good movie curled up with some red wine, or maybe the wine with a good read.
    Here’s to winter, coming and going. Geoff.

  5. Summer just started here, and you’ve got me thinking about winter. I especially like the large picture in the group, by the way. I like days that look like that.

  6. Very unusual photographs from the skybridge.

    “What do you love about winter”……very little…that’s why I moved from southern Australia to the tropics 40-something years ago, but I can appreciate why some people enjoy the change of temperature and seasons and the beauty of snow..

    • Love the Australian tropics, particularly Port Douglas and surrounds. And to be honest there is very little I like about winter. Maybe if we did get snow…

      You realise that given your last post, my nickname for you is HRAH – His Royal Almost Highness :).

  7. It’s been raining for a week straight here but the humidty is so high I feel like a dead wash cloth..
    Your pics are awesome!!!

  8. It was a dry hot a couple of days ago here. Today warm with cool breezes. No humidity yet which is wonderful. I LOVE the large photo through the weepy window. Great shot.

    What do I like about winter? Nothing.

  9. What do I love about winter? Skiing – both cross country and downhill. Also, the way everything looks on the first sunny day after a fresh fall of pure white snow. But other than that, not much… Don’t like shoveling snow, and I really don’t like driving in it.

    • You’re a skier as well as a diver? Is this a coincidence or do you have a perference for extreme sports? I’m only a novice skier. The fresh snow sounds divine, maybe if we had snow I’d like winter more.

      • Yes, I enjoy both skiing and diving, and back when I was in my young and crazy 20s, a friend and I did both scuba diving and skiing on the same brutally cold date in mid winter. Why? Just for the thrill of it all, and for bragging rights.

        We went diving in the morning, and then skiing at night on a lighted slope. But we were both borderline hypothermic after the dive, and nearly frost bitten after skiing, so this tandem insanity of activities was never repeated on the same date, ever again. Lol

      • I’m impressed at the stamina exhibited by your youthful activities. I wonder what your scuba instructor would have said about diving and skiing on the same day. Remember all of those questions and theory we had to answer about pressure, equalisation etc. Kids do not try this at home :).

      • We actually had the nitrogen blood saturation at a higher altitude issue covered, since there was approx 10 hrs since we were out of the ocean by 9 am and on the ski slopes at 7 pm. That was long enough for our metabolisms to off gas enough nitrogen to be safe from decompression sickness at a relatively modest max skiing altitude of 2,500 feet.

        But the real danger was the potentially serious effects of the extreme cold, so I must agree with you saying “Kids, do NOT try this at home!” And most of all, if you live in New England, or in another cold winter climate. Lol

  10. BTW, I really liked your photos – especially the large one in the center with the rain streaking down the windows, and the light from the vehicles and the building. Nice shot.

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