april snow

Stay at Home Order … day 23 plus 14 seclusion retreat days

Total accumulation of snow: 11+ inches


Nikon D750 f/8 1/250s 100mm 400 ISO

Nikon D750 f/8 1/200s 70mm 400 ISO

Nikon D750 f/8 1/200s 70mm 400 ISO

Nikon D750 f/5.6 1/200s 300mm 400 ISO

Nikon D750 f/5.6 1/800s 135mm 400 ISO

the silence after a snowstorm

Solitude Retreat… 8th day (Snow showers and Waning Crescent moon)

melting the big snow
with a spoon…
a child

~Issa (cited: www.haikuguy.com)

Nikon D750 f/1.8 1/2500s 35mm 200 ISO

“The silence after a snowstorm isn’t just your imagination — all those tiny flakes actually trap the sounds of your surroundings. 

Chris Bianchi, a meteorologist at Weather Nation, described the phenomenon as a sort of citywide cup of tea: After a big storm, we can take a few minutes to relax and take in the quiet.

“The science behind that quiet comes down to how sound waves travel (or, more accurately, don’t travel) through snowflakes.

“‘Snowflakes, when they’re spaced further apart, there’s little gaps, obviously invisible to the naked human eye,’ Bianchi said. ‘But there are these little gaps within the snow and those are very efficient at absorbing sound.’ 

“The sound waves from cars, buildings and people get trapped in those small places between the snowflakes. 

“Not just any snow can trap noise. It has to be the freshly fallen, light and fluffy. Wet and heavy snow doesn’t leave those spaces for sound to be trapped. 

“One study found a couple of inches of snow can absorb as much as 60 percent of sound. Snow can act as a commercial sound-absorbing foam when it’s in that fluffy, freshly fallen state. 

“As the snow starts to melt, those little sound-catching spaces start to go away too.

“(When snow melts) it compacts, and that compaction reduces the amount of little crevices and nooks and crannies that sound is able to be trapped in,” Bianchi said.

“So, for at least a few hours or even a day after a snowstorm, we can get some reprieve from all that noise around us.

“‘It’s calming, it’s relaxing, it’s tranquil,’ Bianchi said. ‘Life is kind of forced in a sense to slow down.'”

cited: CPR News, Claire Cleveland and Andrea Dukakis, “Yes, it really is quieter when it snows. Here’s the science behind the calm after the storm. February 4, 2020.

weekly photo challenge: serene

looking delicious

the snow falling softly

softly

~Issa (www.haikuguy.com)

sereneweb
Nikon D750   f/5.6    1/200s    300 mm    100 ISO

those snow days…blanketing the earth and gifting us with silence, before snow shovels and snow removal trucks, serene

Let’s spend a few minutes listening to…The Sound of Silence, Simon and Garfunkel.

No matter how much things change, they still remain the same.

weekly photo challenge: anticipation

When I was so much younger than I am today, December was the month of anticipation.  The movement of time from the beginning of winter break until Christmas crawled slower than a snail.  Today, winter is the season of anticipation…winter advisories, wind chill, snow-covered sidewalks…and most importantly…the awakening of spring.

green

52 weeks photo challenge: week 14 – winter

winter

Thus far autumn has offered us a beautiful transition with her just-right temperatures and multi-colored landscapes.  In the past, it was not uncommon for her to allow winter a brief visit during the first half of November…but not this year.  So this image submitted for The Girl Who Dreams Awake is of  winter’s past.