February 16, 2006

Snow views.

The view from the back door. The deck looks abstract:

snow

The view from the front door. It's symmetrical:

snow/front yard

And then there's all that junk, waiting for pick up, looking prettier, unified by the layer of white:

snow junk

And this is the street view. Very calm:

snow junk/street view

24 comments:

AJD said...

Call the National Guard!

Wow! Must be more than an INCH of snow.

Good thing you cancelled class so you could take pictures and blog, instead.

Goesh said...

On the other hand, utterly depressing to see despite its beauty..

Ann Althouse said...

I knew I'd get crap like that, Jack!

wildaboutharrie said...

The top two are very beautiful.

reader_iam said...

I like the first one; there are some interesting things going on with the perspective, which--at least to my eye--is shifting, eve fluid, despite its geometric components.

Deliberately shifting focus from one point or another does some interesting things on the peripheries. I have a hard time putting things like this into words, but I sure enjoy visual experiences of this type, nonetheless.

Dave said...

Shifting? Fluid?

The first picture's cool, but I don't really see it as shifting or fluid.

No matter...

esk said...

Oh wow - that looks awesome. Just getting rain up here.

reader_iam said...

This would also be interesting to see in some sort of tessellated fashion, though I'm probably not using that word as a concept in its precise meaning.

(Can you tell I can get very sidetracked by and fixated on certain types of imagery?)

reader_iam said...

Dave:

It could be just me--my visual perception is a little unusual. The blogger over at Luz and I have gotten into a number of e-mail exchanges about that; some of his work provokes the same mental/spatial clicks for me.

Dave said...

Reader_jam: Well, perception is subjective, of course.

I just thought fluid and shifting aren't really applicable.

chuck b. said...

Are those the redbuds? Fantastic! Do you have a spring/summer picture to compare?

Smilin' Jack said...

Actually, the deck looks like Morse code...a message from God?

Ann Althouse said...

Smilin' Jack: I agree. I was going to say that in the post.

Chuck: Here are my flowering redbud pictures, most of which are preoccupied with the reflection in my glass table. I should time putting my house on the market with the blooming trees.

Brendan said...

Just tried to reach my father at his office near West Towne. Message said they're closed due to the storm. Guess you weren't exaggerating!

Palladian said...

I love winter. I wish I was there, enjoying that beautiful, peaceful snow. Here in New York, our RECORD SNOWFALL the other day turned into ugly sludge within 1 day; it's now 55 degrees and most of it is melted away. I guess I need to move further north.

howzerdo said...

Sanitation trucks pick up that stuff, haul it to your landfill, and it is included in your basic city refuse fee? You don't have to make any special arrangement? Take it there yourself? On a special day? And pay extra?
Gina

Ann Althouse said...

Me: Yes, here in Madison, you can put large items out on the regular trash day, and a separate truck with a mechanical arm come by for it. It's free, although some items, like large appliances, require you to buy a special sticker. But furniture and so forth is all hauled away free. Our property taxes are high though. I pay over $11,000 a year.

Marghlar said...

Beautiful post, Ann.

Truly said...

You're throwing out some good stuff there, looks like. Isn't there a freecycle.org for Madison? Or you could give it away on craigslist, or to Goodwill.

Just saying.

Ann Althouse said...

Truly: I gave Goodwill a lot of clothes the other day and took a copy of their rules about what they want. They have a lot of rules, and large household junk is a burden to them. I plan to call them to come for the good furniture I'm getting rid of, but for now, I'm clearing out the kind of stuff they don't take. If it's any consolation, people do come by and take some of the stuff, which is a simple way of recycling.

Maxine Weiss said...

Here's why I'm ticked: It never snows when you want it to. We've done at least three NYC vacations over the Holidays, hoping-praying, for a white Christmas. One year we even rented a pricey Central Park view just to see the beautiful snowy meadow over Christmas Eve.

Nothin doin. No snow, now white powdery meadow, and no white Christmas!

New York has not had a snowy white Christmas for the past 10 years. When do they get snow? In February, one week before Fat Tuesday!

That ain't right.

I want to see snow at Christmas, when you'd expect, and welcome it.

Not February, one month before Spring, for cryin out loud!

Peace, Maxine

vbspurs said...

Holy crapple, Ann.

Some of your finest photographs yet.

The first one is Hockney at his finest.

And the one with the piled-up furniture...is like what I imagine Ikea is like in Sweden.

Cheers,
Victoria

Liz said...

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/madisonfreecycle/

chuck b. said...

The redbuds are beautiful. I wish more people planted them in California. We have our own native redbud, but I rarely see it in gardens. Everyone opts instead for those awful ornamental flowering plums and cherries I'm so sick of.

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