We are happy to be participating in this new monthly photo challenge, hosted by Dog Mom Days and the Everyday Dog Mom.
January’s theme is “Winter” and at first I thought that almost seemed to easy. We’re in the throes of a pretty intense winter here in New England this year with several feet of snow on the ground already, and sub-zero temperatures to boot! You would think that would make a winter photo simple, but it’s actually kind of tough to get outdoors taking photos when you don’t want to have your mittens off for more than a minute or two! However, as I posted yesterday, we got a break in the temperatures and when it got up to about 20 degrees, we headed out snowshoeing.
I only brought my camera phone, since I didn’t want to risk dropping my good camera in the snow (I often fall when snowshoeing!). Luke’s paws got cold so we didn’t stop for photos too much. When we headed up out of our woods and towards the house, I saw the shot I wanted: looking towards our home, an oasis in the middle of what’s shaping up to being a long, rough winter! I love how this shot shows my earlier snowshoe tracks in the snow, crisscrossed by some wildlife tracks. Cricket is holding her paw up in the air, probably because it’s cold, and she’s ready to get back to the warmth of our wood stove.
That’s a typical New England winter’s day around here.
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Wow that’s some serious snow mew guys have got! I think we’ll stay by the fire too! MOL
Love all your pics, they’re pawesome 🙂
Happy Mew Year!
Basil & Co xox
Thank you and Happy New Year, Basil!!
The Daily Pip says
This is a very neat photo! It’s super cold out here in the midwest, too, but not as much snow (just a couple of inches) as New England. We also live in the suburbs, but would you believe I saw some weird tracks in our backyard this morning. We occasionally do have coyotes or fox pass through the neighborhood. I’m going to snap some photos and compare them to photos online to figure out what it was.
That’s what I need to do too. Some of the tracks were really odd looking (like whole body prints that didn’t really sink down in).
Luke sure is a smart dog! I hope that your winter eases up, and maybe shifts to here. We are so far behind on our snowpack that it is laughable. I’m glad that you’re having fun in your snow!
We have plenty of snow to spare, that’s for sure! Luke does so many things that our beagle Kobi used to, and Kobi was all about following in the human tracks! 🙂
Lynn LaChance says
Cathy Keisha says
TW says walking through virgin snow is the only time she likes walking through snow.
There is nothing like that smooth untouched snow (though it is harder to walk in!).
The Island Cats says
Wow, it got up to 20? A heatwave! 😉 It’s nice that you can get out there and enjoy your land.
Today it hit 26 – yahoo! I had appointments though so couldn’t get out there today, but we will before the week is over (ironically, it’s supposed to be raining by the end of the week).
caren gittleman says
Wow you have a TON of land, that is fabulous! (even if it is snow covered!)
It’s too bad it’s SO cold though, we only experience a very small part of it (we see a lot more of it in the late winter when it’s a bit warmer but we still have snow).
Winter is as beautiful as it is brutal. I love the pictures of Cricket – you can’t help but admire her tenacity. I’m not entirely sure what she wanted to say … but Ellie jumped up on my keyboard as I commented 🙂
Cricket does not give up, that’s for sure! Maybe Ellie wants to experience some snow? 🙂
Shadow and Ducky's Mom says
Beautiful photo; and as Beth said, even though it looks cold there is some warmth in it.
With both Shadow and Ducky on leash restrictions in the yard right now – and no snow – these frigid (for South Carolina) temperatures make it difficult for me to get winter photos. But I have a week. Who knows? Maybe we’ll get some snow.
You only need a little bit to make it pretty outside, and with the cold everywhere in the country, I’m surprised you haven’t gotten any!
Melissa K. Clinton says
Your winter is beautiful but I’m pretty sure I would freeze to death or kill myself in those snow shoes. LOL!
It is not as easy as it looks, that’s for sure. LOL
LLB in Our Backyard says
What beautiful Winter shots! I’ll definitely have to jump aboard in February!
Yes, I hope you do!
Now that’s what I call snow,xx Speedy
Bell Fur Zoo says
Wow dat are such a pawretty picsur buts dat are also lots of snow 😉 Stay warm furiends!!
Matt & Matilda
It sure is a lot of snow, it has really been piling up this year! xxoo
I love this! Even though it looks really cold, there’s still so much warmth there! We haven’t gotten out for any walks since we got home because the snow is piled up so high there’s no way to get off the road if a car comes, so I’d have to do one dog at a time and I am too much of a winter baby to have to go out for two frigid walks!
Oh yeah, two walks are definitely out in the frigid weather! I did two that day (one to blaze the trails and one with the dogs), but I really had to talk myself into it! And it was only because I knew it would be snowing the next day and it’s simply not warm enough yet to walk in a snowstorm (it’s fun when it’s 30 but not when it’s only 20 or so!).
Christina Berry | The Everyday Dog Mom says
Gotta admit, I’m a little jealous that you guys still get out when there’s that much snow. I tend to hibernate, which means super short walks and potty breaks for my dogs. They don’t mind the cold, but I hate it.
Great photo! Thanks for joining us this month!
I don’t mind the snow, but I hate the ice and the cold. I have a limit of about 20 degrees, and so does Luke! It’s really just sheer determination to get fresh air and exercise….I could easily hibernate all winter!
Amanda Yantos says
This photo is gorgeous. Absolutely perfect for the challenge. The sky and snow make the scene look incredibly peaceful!
Brian Frum says
That’s a great one and keeping in the tracks is very wise!
Monika & Sam says
Great job especially with adverse weather conditions. And a super workout! Kudos on both counts. Stay warm!
We sure are trying! We’re getting a warm up this week, but doesn’t it figure I have a busy week and not as much time to get out there??
That is a very evocative shot. Makes the interesting point the to really appreciate the comfort of home, you sometimes need to leave it behind.
Stay warm, my friend.
That is so true! Part of the comfort is knowing it’s there to go home to.
We are going to get warm for a few days starting on Sunday and we are hoping that brings us some more snow. I’ve gotten two posts in a row now in the email. Paws crossed it keeps working! Enjoy all that snow!
We are finally getting warmer today – we’re up to 26 now. But now they’re saying it will get so warm we might get rain later in the week. We don’t want our snow to get washed away or turned to ice, especially when we’ll finally be able to get out in it more.
The Leather Dog Co says
Amazing picture, really hope it warms up soon, sending love from the UK!
Thank you so much!!
Edie Chase says
That’s a good picture. I hope it warms up a little more, 30’s would be nice.
We’re up to 26 today, so we’re getting there! That probably means you might be hitting those 30’s today too!
Connie rogers says
Malakai wouldn’t have left the wood stove in the first place!! Me either lol
I also don’t think you on snowshoes would be a very good idea…LOL!