Saturday, January 08, 2011

Some Real Snow This Time

It snowed early yesterday and then some more overnight into this morning. A bit more snow than we've gotten so far this Winter, and far more scenic. I got some shots yesterday, but it was bright and sunny which created too much contrast and a blue tint to the shots, and by the time I'd corrected all that in Photoshop the shots just didn't look right. This morning it was still cloudy and even still spitting some snow, and the lighting was just right. So this is what it looks like around here after the snowfall.

The house in the snow this morning

Snowy Spruces next to the house

Another Spruce and the Bamboo patch next door

Looking down the lane

Looking the other way toward the other neighbor

Connor the Bumpus Hound, one of two White Labs (the other's name is Bailey) who live next door and who bark and growl at anyone who so much as sticks a nose out the door while they're out and about. They even do this to people they've been around all their lives, like my brother, sister-in-law, nephew, and niece. Oh, and in case you're not one of the initiated and are scratching your head over "Bumpus Hound"... My family are huge fans of Jean Shepherd's movie A Christmas Story, and the Bumpus Hounds are the pack of dogs belonging to the protagonist's neighbor (Bumpus is the neighbor's surname) who run through the yard and the house and even destroy the turkey on Christmas Day. Connor and Bailey haven't managed that one yet.

And that's our latest snow.

© 2011 by A. Roy Hilbinger


  1. As a A CHRISTMAS STORY fan, did you know that Shepherd originally improvised the stories on his radio show, then published them in Playboy, then in his best-selling books such as IN GOD WE TRUST ALL OTHERS PAY CASH. He co-wrote the movie with its director Bob Clark, and his wife/producer, Leigh Brown, he narrates the entire movie and that's him in a cameo role telling the kids that the line starts way back there to see Santa. I could tell you lots more, too. I'm not only a big Shep fan, but I wrote the only book about his work: EXCELSIOR, YOU FATHEAD! THE ART AND ENIGMA OF JEAN SHEPHERD (Applause Books, 3/2005).


  2. They're lovely. I know living in snow isn't as glamorous as it looks but I'm quite envious. A growling labrador? Are you sure?

  3. Give them food - that's all a lab ever wants :)
    Lovely snow pics, Roy. I hope we haven't seen the last of the snow here (not all my friends and neighbours would agree with that sentiment, though!)

  4. Hahaha! I knew what you were referring to when you said Bumpus Hound. The snowfall is so pretty. I hope we get more. Rick said more might be brewing! The yard is gorgeous. It looks like a park!

  5. It's beautiful! Looks like you have about the same amount of snow that we do. I love the way it lays on the pines.

  6. we have wonderful and absolutely blue skies today... f said it was like being connecticut... the blue skies, snow it's a staple and I LOVE IT

    hard to come in.....

    sweet pup!!!!