Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The Abandoned Skates and the Lonely Christmas Tree

Today, we should be getting our first "more than a dusting" snow accumulations.  Perhaps, tomorrow, I'll have an actual winter post to offer for my Wednesday Winter Wednesday feature.

So today, let's mourn (or celebrate) the end of our snowless streak.

This Sunday, spouse and I took a walk on the Vestal Rail Trail near Binghamton, New York.  As I've blogged about so much, we had an unusually mild winter until last week.  After a few days of seasonal cold, it started to warm up again.

Sunday was showery and in the 50's (high of 11.6 C). When we started to walk, showers threatened, but I wanted to see what sights awaited us.

Before I do, though, I wanted to show you something special.  About halfway through our walk, the sky opened and we were drenched.  We decided to turn around, as the rain beat down on us and our one small umbrella. 

But then, the rain stopped, and nature apologized with a sight we usually don't see in January.

Stranger sights awaited.
Scatterings of green leaves here and there.  This is not a normal January sight in upstate New York.

Shortly after we began our walk, we passed these abandoned skates lying near a bench on still-green grass.  Green grass-another never before seen sight in upstate New York.

The skates were still there when we came back. Oh, if we only knew their story.
Or the story of this living Christmas tree, ornaments dancing in the wind.

What was your weekend like?


  1. Snow hit here during the night with more on the way. Glad I do not have to leave home.

  2. A heart warming post, especially with the rainbow photo. Greetings!

  3. Oh, I love rainbows... Its been a strange winter over here too- hardly any snow. And also green leaves. YAY! Does that mean spring is coming:-) I also went for a long walk last Sunday- love being out in the nature, and just noticing...being. Have a great week ahead:-)

  4. Sounds like a lovely walk, even if it did rain down on you. Our promised Saturday rain didn't materialize, and the rain they were threatening this week has also apparently evaporated. Ah well.

  5. We are finally getting some snow!! I like the snow but not the necessary cold.

  6. I've been thankful that we haven't had any snow yet. :) But, this morning's flurries were pretty and didn't stick. Yay. That's so good that you got out for a walk and you were blessed with a rainbow. Enjoy your week, Alana.

  7. They promised snow here in DC today. But, I guess that's the forecast for within Congress and not outside where snow would be acceptable.

  8. Lovely rainbow Alana. Nice Christmas tree

  9. Two amazing finds! Might even provide fodder for a couple of short stories. You just never know, do you?

  10. Oh, by the way, poison ivy is pretty hardy stuff.


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