Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Thursday Thirteen 139: Winter Wonderland

As you may recall, Madison experienced a major blizzard December 8-9. The following weekend, I had the chance to get out for a walk and enjoy (for the most part) the winter wonderland.


One of the little crab apple trees at my apartment complex.


Snowman in front of apartments on Fish Hatchery Rd.


Polar Express?


Geese on Wingra Creek near Fish Hatchery and Wingra Dr.


Wingra Creek


Reflection


At least the Wingra bike path, along Wingra Drive, was well-cleared!


The creek may have been frozen between bridges,
but I don't think I would have trusted it so soon after
the blizzard, whether the fish were biting or not.


Two more ice fishermen


Bridge entering the UW Arboretum--note the
open water under the bridge.


Road over bridge entering the Arboretum.


View of Wingra Creek over left side of the bridge.


View of the carousel building at Vilas Zoo, looking
across Wingra Creek from right side of the bridge.

Merry Christmas to all those who celebrate!



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26 comments:

Brenda ND said...

What beautiful pictures of the recent snow. Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas!

Heather said...

Thanks, Brenda. Merry Christmas!

Hazel said...

It does look like a reminder of Polar Express. I love the reflection. Happy holidays!

Alice Audrey said...

Looooove the one of the Arboretum bridge.

The pictures you got are radically different from what Mr. Al got.

Heather said...

Hazel ~ Thank you! "Reflections" is one of my faves of the pics I took. The Arboretum bridge pic Alice likes is another fave.

Alice ~ Really? Our pics were that different? I did take pics the day after the storm, too, but did not get those uploaded yet. I did these first as I really wanted to use them for this week's T13. Also remember that the west and south sides of town had a good four inches more snow than east and north sides. I'm telling you, it's those darn lakes in the middle! lol

Shelley Munro said...

The photos almost make me want to give up summer. Almost :)

Heather said...

Shelley ~ LOL... Trust me, snow is one thing, but I doubt you would enjoy the rain/sleet/snow mix we're getting through Christmas day. Yuck! Listening to the sleet pinging against my window earlier was giving me chills.

Willa said...

wow! that is Winter Wonderland overload!!! I love the picture with a bridge, perfect for christmas card. :D

Maligayang Pasko (Philippines) :D

i beati said...

lovely and memorable happy Christmas to all of your loved ones and you Sandy

jillconyers said...

Great photos. We've been hoping for a white Christmas but it looks like we're just getting wet. Happy holidays.

Ryzmomplus2 said...

These are beautiful!

storyteller said...

What delightful snowy views of your wintry wonderland complete with informative (and clever) labels (my fav is 'Polar Express') ... your photos take my breath away (being the aging native Southern California barefooted beach gal I am) because I've never seen such beauty first hand. Thanks so much for sharing. Wishing you a Joyous Holiday!
Hugs and blessings,

My T13 is at Small Reflections this week.

Ornery's Wife said...

We haven't had any snow yet this year, but some is predicted for today. Thanks for posting your pix. Merry Christmas to you, and happy TT!!

colleen said...

We've had two big snows and I've been out taking pictures too, barns and country scenes. Merry Christmas to you!

Andi said...

Gorgeous photos. It really does look like a winter wonderland.

Inez Kelley said...

I love icy, snow scenery, so beautiful!

Heather said...

Willa ~ Two feet of snow is definitely an overload, lol.

Sandy ~ Thank you, and to your family as well!

Jill ~ Ugh! This time of year I would much rather have the snow than rain, especially when temps dip below freezing at night.

Ryzmomplus2 ~ Thank you, and thanks for visiting!

Storyteller ~Thank you, I'm glad you like the labels and that I could share my white Christmas with you.

Heather said...

Ornery's Wife ~ Thank you, I hope you get your snow today!

Colleen ~ I wish I could get out to take pics of some of the barns, or a small country cemetery near here, but am afraid I'll have to settle for the city scenes.

Andi ~ Thank you! It's looking a wee bit dreary today, what with overcast skies and the rain/snow mix coming down. At least I have the pristine beauty of my photos!

Inez ~Thank you, Merry Christmas!

Paige Tyler said...

Even though they're great pics, I have to say I totally don't miss the snow or the freezing weather that goes along with it!

Merry Christmas!

*hugs*
Paige

My TT is at http://paigetylertheauhtor.blogspot.com

Alice Audrey said...

*grin* The difference is that all the ones he showed me were of houses.

Debbie Cairo said...

Heather -

Great pics! Glad the storm didn't quite make it down to Chicago :)

Debbie

Heather said...

Paige ~ LOL...wimp!

Alice ~ Ah, that would be a difference. I only passed apartment buildings on my walk, and those weren't weren't as picturesqur as other scenery.

Debbie ~Thank you. I seem to recall that Chicago had mostly rain out of that storm, sort of like the past couple days. I had difficulty sleeping last night with icy sleet pinging against the windows. *shiver*

Joyful said...

This is my first visit to your site. I am participating in Thursday Thirteen for the first time. I like your pictures, their awesome. Lots of beautiful snow pictures.

Heather said...

Joyful ~ Thank you, and thanks for visiting!

Elise Logan said...

The bridge is my favorite. those are great pics.

Heather said...

Thanks, Elise! :)