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James verDoorn
04-03-2011, 01:57 PM
Early spring in North Dakota can still be chilly but there are small signs of hope.

I do remember however, one of the worst blizzards Iíve ever endured occured on April 1, 1965 and lasted three days. We left as soon as it thawed.

All C&C's welcome



Photoshop - 30''x 18''

karen m
04-03-2011, 03:49 PM
Love this one! But I also happen to love snow. And blizzards. And those trees look like white birch which are so at home in winter. :)

04-03-2011, 06:58 PM
It looks freezing and lonely and quiet and lovely all at once. :)

James verDoorn
04-03-2011, 08:03 PM
Hi Karen... But I also happen to love snow. And blizzards and who does the shoveling in your family?
Thanks for viewing and commenting.

Desrat... you're right, out on the prairie it can be all those things. Thanks for commenting.

karen m
04-03-2011, 08:26 PM
Karen... and who does the shoveling in your family?
Thanks for viewing and commenting.

Well, when I was much younger it used to be me. I used to run for the shovel in the early mornings to clear the driveway so my husband could drive to work. I loved the cold nippy mornings and when the job was done, I'd bring out a cup of nice hot coffee and stroll the immediate neighbourhood while I drank it. In that location, the banks along the driveway were often at least 6 ft. tall.

Now...in my old age:o ...my husband does it, but we are very lucky to have a nearby neighbour who almost always beats us to the task by starting up his snowblower and enjoying the varoom, varoom, varoom! :D

04-04-2011, 05:58 AM
I love the combination of tranquility and desolation that this evokes for me.

04-04-2011, 11:41 AM
NICE, I am thinking aspens in the snow, love them.

James verDoorn
04-04-2011, 01:09 PM
Karen.... Living where you do I'm glad you take such pleasure in winter weather. As for me I found it to be occasionally beautiful but always cold.

Graphicali... yes, there is tranquility, peace and solitude. I say solitude instead of desolation because the land is so rich and fertile. When you are out in the prairie, especially in winter, it's very possible to be the only person for miles around.

Barbara, I don't know the difference between aspens and birch but I too love the white bark trees in the snow.

Thanks for your comments.

Katie Black
04-04-2011, 04:17 PM
Hi James, Simple but effective! :)

04-05-2011, 08:15 AM
Good one!

04-05-2011, 08:24 AM
Surrounded by palm trees and sun all this winter.... I really enjoyed seeing this... could almost breath in the cold air!!! Loved it.... Jane

James verDoorn
04-05-2011, 01:19 PM
Katie, Mark and Jane.... thank you for taking the time to comment. Always appreciated.

Jane.... I didn't know they had palm trees in Canada ;-)

I thought I had posted this reply earlier but it didn't show up. I apologize if it now appears twice.

04-05-2011, 01:41 PM
LOL no, Jim I have been in Florida all winter... so missed the grey, cold and snow! Jane

Rachel Dutton
04-05-2011, 07:35 PM
It's beautiful.

James verDoorn
04-06-2011, 01:10 PM
Rachel, thank you for viewing and commenting.

I see you are from Okinawa. Are there any ramifications from the tragedy that far south?