A Lull in the Snow

There is another snow front coming from the east (unusual) but at 5:45pm the snow has stopped and I captured clearing skies and the moon.

A little sun to the southwest:
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Snow on the Norway Spruces and other evergreen I haven’t id’d yet:
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Snow on Rose of Sharon:
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And Silver Maple:
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And the moon in the east:
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Snowed In

I got up at 4:30am to get ready for work and saw that my road wasn’t plowed yet.  I got ready and at 5:45am my road and driveway were still not plowed.  So what I had said to co-workers yesterday at work, that I may get stuck at home (today), came true.  I hate when that happens.  I don’t know what time the road got plowed, but my driveway didn’t get plowed, with all of it’s 15″, until 2:14pm.  I can bet my snow plow guy tried this morning but since my road wasn’t plowed, I’m sure he had lots of other places to plow.  So I worked from home today.  And I realize I don’t really like working from home.  I mean every once in a while it might be okay, but to have it forced on me is yucky.  I like going to work and I like interacting with my co-workers and (nice) patrons.

I was talking to a guy who worked at the Grand Canyon, and he told me that in the winter, psychologists need to go to help the Grand Canyon staff because it gets crazy lonely up there.  And I felt that way just a bit today.  Being *stuck* at home kind of made me wild.

Icicles hanging from an unheated garage?  Go figure:
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Full driveway, this morning, at about 12″:
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Yay, 2:14pm and snow plow guy shows up:
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Yay! Plowed driveway. I had to get rid of those dingle-berries near the garage, and they were very heavy!
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Snow is too heavy to move except where I need to walk on the deck:
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Snow is pretty on the trees and shrubs. I hope it isn’t too heavy for them:
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It is still snowing. Good for downhill skiing, that’s for sure! Too bad I don’t ski anymore!

George Eastman House, Dutch Connection 2010

Today we went to the George Eastman House to see the Dutch Connection 2010, where at any one time there are over 2,000 blooms on display.   The bulbs selected represent the bulb order placed by George Eastman of 100 years ago.

I absolutely wish I could send the wonderful smell of these blooms to you, because I couldn’t get enough of it the whole time we were there.

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The orchids were beautiful, too:
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Campanulas

I love it when I receive flowers totally out of the blue. I received these beautiful campanulas today from a friend:
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What a great idea to give flowers to your friends, just because!!

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I hope they last for a long time!

Badly Damaged Negatives

I have inherited quite a backlog of collections to accession at work, and spend a little bit of time each week going through them to create the necessary paperwork and put them in the archives.  This past week I came across a small collection of negatives.  Anyone that knows anything about me, knows I *love* photographs, and this you may not know, but their associated negatives.  We have so many cool negatives in our collections, but that’s a subject for another day.  This week, I was concerned about this collection, because some of the negatives are badly damaged.  I carefully carried them home with the intention of scanning them using my HP scanner (which will scan in almost any sized negative).

These are two examples of the negatives.  I was not sure I was going to be able to get anything out of them.

Ugh, please excuse the blurriness of this photo, but you get the idea of the condition of the negative:
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Are these sad, or what?

But I stuck them on my scan bed, and here’s what I ended up with! Here’s the first one:
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Courtesy of the Onondaga Historical Association

And the second one:
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Courtesy of the Onondaga Historical Association

So my point is, please don’t give up on these scary looking negatives!! You may be able to scan them and then store the originals in the appropriate achives. The only Photoshop tools I used on these photos is to make them grayscale and to crop them. That’s it. Not too bad, huh?

Lamberton Conservatory

Yesterday my Mom and I went to the Lamberton Conservatory to see some beauty and to get some nice, warm, humid heat.   We were both exhausted when we walked in, and came out still tired, but feeling warmer and refreshed.  Since I was with my Mom and I have taken tons of photos for my blog of this place and my camera battery was low, I only took a few key photos. And I forgot my Nikon at home – bah! So these are taken with my SONY.

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Banana plant:

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These turtles were a surprise!!

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I wanna go to Arizona now!!

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This plant has soft foliage and interesting roots:

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An orange:

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These grapefruit flowers smelled sooooo good!!

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