winter farms

Winter barn




The weather has been horrendous here in Ohio. This is the winter that just won’t quit. We’ve long been into record breaking cold and snow territories. Grey skies are the norm and those of us that suffer from the winter blues have been struggling.

Fotununately, this past Saturday was one of the rare clear days. The blue skies were gorgeous. The sun made the freezing temperatures feel bearable, if just for a single day.

I couldn’t resist the temptation to go for a nice long drive deep into the farm country. Mile after mile of snow covered fields were punctuated with the occasional barn or farm house. With every passing minute, I could feel my own grey mood lifting and by the end of the long drive, I felt recharged. I’m good for a few more weeks of winter.


the sunny side of the silo

Grain silo in the winter
Winter Grain Silo


The weekend before last, the sun peeked through the clouds for a few hours and then return to its winter hibernation. I loaded the car with gear and headed out for a drive and managed a couple good shots,

However, see that offending dark spot way up at the top? Dust on the mirror. Evidently, I was in too big of a hurry. This happens to the best of us. Slow down, check your equipment!


the joy of snow

Shoveling and driving aside, this week’s two snow storms have really been wonderful. Last year we had no snow to speak of and I missed it. Especially around the holidays.

The best part is lighting a fire and curling up oh the couch with a comforter and a cat. I can be comfy while I look out the bay window and the snow. Even better, add a cup of tea or hot chocolate and I am good all morning.

I hope all of you are enjoying your weekend as much as I am enjoying mine.




Perhaps it’s that time of the year. The days are short and what little daylight we do get is often shrouded in clouds and morning fog. It’s these kinds of days that can have me turning inward, away from friends and family. I know the mood will pass, as it does every year. Still, the early days of winter are tough. I picked this image for today’s post because it reflects my mood. Perhaps tomorrow, we’ll have some sunshine. I do tend to be an optimist.