Two Nor’easters – Six Days W/O Power!

In the past week,  a powerful storm caused high winds with heavy rain. A few days later, a second cyclonic-like storm hit us again with high winds, colder temperatures and heavy snow. Thousands of trees and utility lines were brought down, paralyzing the region. Here are some “front door” views from our home in northern New Jersey.

Note: There are two cars in the above image, below center. Nearly two feet (60 cm) of snow fell in a little over 12 hours.

As usual, thanks for visiting. Click on or finger-stretch images to zoom in, and comments are always encouraged. M 🙂

The Good, The Bad and the Frightened! FOXTROT TANGLE?

This week saw my neighbor’s fenced-in yard as a snowy overnight sanctuary for a small herd of deer.  

Status Quo! Content between walking around, relaxing and sleeping. 
One deer always remained outside the sanctuary, all night and morning, almost as a guard. They remained until early afternoon each day before hopping over the fence for their daily parade for food through the back-woods.
Yesterday, things were dramatically different! All the deer were gone, replaced by “Foxtrot Tangle!”

But was it the nearby Gray Squirrel who REALLY felt threatened?

First reaction: hide head in snow!
“Ohhhh! He still sees me!”
“I’ll just hide here on the other side of the tree!”

You can’t make this stuff up, folks. In time frame, this is exactly as it happened, except the deer images were taken one day prior.  But on this actual day, the deer were there an hour before I noticed their absence, replaced by the fox. The fox` and the squirrel (outside the fenced area,)  were photographed in quick succession actually looking towards each other, at a distance of about 25 yards. 

As usual, click on the images for a closer look, and thanks for viewing. Comments are always welcome. M 🙂

The Last Vestiges of Winter?

Downstream of Ramapo Lake, New Jersey

Ice and snow yield to the advancing season.
The fragile ice – from a slightly different angle as seen also in the first image, upper right.
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Images taken by MacEvoy Trail, 24.2 miles NE of the Empire State Building, in OAKLAND, NEW JERSEY

…As usual, click on the image for a closer look, and thanks for viewing. Comments are always welcome. M 🙂

Tibbets Point Lighthouse – On The Road

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3/13/1996 – End of the Road,  Cape Vincent, NY

Tibbets Point Lighthouse is located at the end of Cape Vincent, New York State, where the waters of Lake Ontario flow into the St. Lawrence River, and eventually to the North Atlantic Ocean nearly 1000 miles to the east. On a frigid winter’s night 25 years ago, I visited this starkly isolated, ice and snowbound place; its silently rotating beam offering the only solace on a cold lonely night at the end of the road.

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As usual, thanks for viewing, and comments are always welcome. M 🙂 

“Winter View from Deck,” Guest Contributor – Judy



The breathtaking view of this morning’s pristine snowfall was beautifully captured by our neighbor just after the clouds cleared, and moments before it effectively disappeared with the warmth of the sun and accompanying breezes. 

My gratitude to Judy for allowing us to share her image as a guest contributor.

As usual,  thanks for viewing. Comments are always welcome. M 🙂