Monday, January 8, 2018

Appreciate the Moments—Winter

New Year; new feature! Today we're starting a new monthly photo challenge! I hope this won't be quite as challenging as last year's which TW made me drop out of. Appreciate the Moments will go live the first Friday of each month with a new prompt. January's prompt is Winter, which is appropriate considering the Northeast was just hit with a "Bomb Cyclone" which dumped over 10 inches of snow over the area, then a Polar Vortex dropped temperatures into the teens with wind chills down around -20. Trust me, we are NOT appreciating those -10 wind chills and temperatures which haven't touched the mid twenties since Christmas.

Appreciate the Moments—Winter

During the Bomb Cyclone, TW took a ton of photos while the snow was coming down sideways and cutting visibility to near zero. I usually ignore snow but thought this was da bomb. Pop was working from home and we were all inside chillaxing.

Appreciate the Moments—Winter

This is the one I decided to use for the challenge since it actually has The Cat in it even if it's my back. Check out how the snow has collected outside on the window and the screen. I'm trying to smell the snow through the double-paned window. My paw is up while I'm debating whether I can touch it or not.

You really don't need to look at the rest since The Cat isn't in them. Heh heh.

Appreciate the Moments—Winter

Bear in mind that the snow is coming down and blowing like crazy and the visibility is close to zero. Usually there would be a nice NYC skyline in this shot.

Appreciate the Moments—Winter

The grain in this shot is NOT a texture; it's snow. The "smoke" toward the bottom of the pic is the blowing snow. This pic would be pawsome in black and white. Actually it was shot in color but the color of winter is shades of gray.

Appreciate the Moments—Winter

Some people say snow looks so serene. There's nothing serene about the snow on the building next door to us. Note the frozen windows.

Appreciate the Moments—Winter

I hope someone other than TW finds this shot artistic. TW loves the contrast between both sides of the pic. The black is the side of the new building where you can see the direction of the snow.

Appreciate the Moments—Winter

The Cat decided this boring shot could use some spicing up so I photobombed it. Nothing like paw prints in the snow. TW likes the snow piled on the barbecue grill but she would. Wonder who sat on the bench?

Thanks to Everyday Dog Mom and Dog Mom Days for hosting this challenge and blog hop. Do you have a photo that you'd like to share? Join us in the Appreciate the Moments blog hop! You can post and link up all week or you can join next month when the prompt will be Love. Be sure to use hashtag #AppreciateTheMoments if you're sharing your photos on social media!


The Indulged Furries said...

Those photos make me appreciate that I live where it doesn't snow and rarely goes below 25 degrees.

Summer at said...

Wow, that was quite a storm you guys had!

Lone Star Cats said...

I think I'll appreciate it being 60 here instead. Brrrr!

pilch92 said...

We had that same blizzard with the snow blowing into the windows. You did improve the photos by adding yourself :) I am glad you found another photo challenge. XO

Eastside Cats said...

I think we've already had enough Winter...time for some Spring!

jank1961 said...

Yeah, there was certainly nothing serene about that!! Now who would be sitting on a bench in all that snow - that's just crazy (especially considering how cold it was)!
Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

NCSue said...

I am SO ready for spring - but have to practice patience, as it is some time away!
Thank you for joining this week's party at

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

Beautiful photos - wouldn't want to be there but fascinating series.

edie said...

I take pictures of random things like TW. I do like that dark building and the snow. Of course everything can be improved with a cat.

The Island Cats said...

Wow, you can't even see out your windows, CK! We got snow and the bone-chillin' cold, but today it was around 35 actual heat wave...and they say it may go up to 50 by Weds.

Brian said...

Those are terrific photos CK! We would appreciate it if you would keep winter up your way!

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

You guys really got wholloped! We got the intense cold but missed the blizzard.

Anonymous said...

Sounds cool. We'll try to 'member to purrticipate. Luv your foto. All dat snow, not so much. OMC We sure purray ya'll are stayin' warm and toasty.

PeeEss: Raena tested negative fur herpes, so fankfully, that's not her purroblem. Mommy cleans her eyes a hunnerd times a day and she also fudges and uses the blemish corrector when editin' our fotos. MOL Big hugs

Luv ya'

Dezi and Raena

My GBGV Life said...

We are hoping for a nice big snowstorm, but so far no luck. My kitties are not into snow, I think it is a general cat opinion.

Anonymous said...

Whoa! Queen Penelope was here yesterday and she says those photos reminded her of living in Calgary and driving between Calgary and Midway in blizzards! She says that you, CK is the purrfect cat going out and photobombing!
I think you should stay in and keep warm though

The Swiss Cats said...

OMC, what a storm ! Purrs

Momma Kat and Her Bear Cat said...

And I thought we had it bad with so many days where it didn't get above freezing! You are right ... there is nothing peaceful or beautiful about that kind of weather. Though being stuck inside with one's humans can be good - at least for a little while ;)

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

That was some blizzard! You were in the best place, inside looking out. Lovely photos really show how hard it was snowing.

Beth said...

That is a lot of snow! We could hardly get our storm door open to go outside the first day, so we know what that's like!

speedyrabbit said...

Wow that doesn't look nice CK hope its warmer now for you,xx Speedy

Three Chatty Cats said...

Looking forward to seeing your entries for this new photo challenge! Winter would be a hard one to show here in SoCal. Great entry, checking out all that snow!