April Snow in Rochester

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A Spring Snow Storm.  The weather folk say our first major snow storm of the year.  Winter recorded none.  These images show the world outside my Flat here in Rochester western New York – earlier today, Monday April 23.  Heavy wet snow with more predicted for the rest of today.  Forecast up to six inches locally with higher amounts in hills and west.  Messy driving.  Schools closed or with delayed openings.  Downed lines with resultant power outages.

This Spring our weather is a  roller coaster ride.  A week ago Rochester reach record high temperatures.  Flowers and flowering trees abounded.  See my Walk in the Park images – click here to view them.  Freezing and near freezing temperatures for today and tomorrow.  The temperature rises to 60 F on Wednesday.

For now a few more pictures from today.

Spring Snow In Rochester
©2012 GCheatle

Lonely Tulip in Spring Snow
©2012 GCheatle

Spring Snow in Black and White
©2012 GCheatle

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First Day Spring – Highland Park

I could not help but get out. It was the first day of Spring, and one of a string of days with unseasonable warm temperatures combined with clear skies and bright sunshine. What else to do? I had to check out the early bulb plants at Rochester, New York’s, Highland Park. Not far from my flat, it is a place of great variety of flowers plants and trees. Nature starts her displays with the early growth bulb plants followed by the magnolias and other flowering bushes and trees.

I make it a rule to never go to the Park without camera in hand. This time I was again glad that I did.

Check out the some of the other images on my Flickr site. Click here to see them.

images by Photo George
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Flowers From Maxine’s Garden

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Sunday Afternoon
In Maxine’s Garden

Sunday afternoon, a time to rest and relax and take it easy and just do what I wanted. Answer no phone calls. Take no visitors. Enjoy myself.

As strange as this may seem, my wish was to immerse myself in Maxine’s front yard garden. Maxine, my landlady and occupier of the first floor flat, plants flowers in the front yard in place of a lawn. It takes the entire front yard.

For the past couple of weeks, whenever I walk up to the front entrance I hear my name called. “George!  George!”

I look around, no one is there. Finally I answered, “What?”

Clear as could be, the response came:  “Take our pictures.”

Oh great. Now I hear flowers talk. Regardless, Sunday afternoon I was taking pictures, just as requested.

Up and down the steps. In and out of the house. Try this and that shot. Plan, shoot, view. And do it all again.

To shoot the images and to work with them in the computer took my full attention. It consumed me throughout the afternoon hours.

At last I uploaded the finished photos to my flick account. Then I relaxed. Stress load reduced. Feeling the accomplishment.  All was good.

see these finished images at my Flickr site. Click here to go see them.
images are ©2011 GCheatle – all rights reserved