Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Pennsylvania Snowfall 2010 Phenomenal Photos ~ Laurel Mountain & Derry Ridge!

Finally a break from all the snow we've had here in Pennsylvania for the past two weeks. I swear we had at least 15-16 inches of snow piling two to three inches at a time every single day! I shoveled snow almost twice daily.

Found this cool site which calculates how many calories you burn, when you shovel snow by hand here: I burned 286 calories per hour! At least I was burning off some holiday calories. You can see my front patio table snow gage above, where over a foot of snow piled like a snow cake!

We've a long driveway at least an 1/8 a mile coming from our top road. The snow kept piling up and we had trouble keeping up. My car sat for a couple days when we had a layer of sleet on top snow becoming too hazardous to drive! You can see how high we had to plow the snow in my header above!

Eventually the snow slowed a bit, then we were hit with an artic blast. Got so cold ~how cold did it get? Well cold enough to freeze our burning logs together! Dang I had a heck of time trying to bust those logs apart! In fact we've put such a dent in those logs, we may have to cut more very soon! You remember how huge our log pile was! The snow kept coming and my hands froze within minutes of shoveling, so I had to double glove!

Spectacular icicles formed like the ones in my photo above. Icicles are much like stalicites formed in caves or caverns, except for the fact that stalicites take thousands of years to come into formation!

Last week we headed up over the ridge, and I was so awestruck over the snow scenery on the ridge. I was terribly upset that I didn't have my camera, so my hubby took me back yesterday to catch some awesome shots on Derry Ridge as seen here in the photo!

It's as if we walked right into winter wonderland postcards. Snow covered the trees for miles, begging me to capture the beauty!

The further we went the deeper the snow and heavier the snow appeared on the scenery! Like we were driving into a totally different world!

As we approached Laurel Mountain, you could imediately notice the difference in snow coverage! It was as if someone had taken a frost gun and frosted the whole area. Totally breathtaking as the towering trees stretch on for miles, looming high in the sky with every frosty branch!

These pines reminded me of my friend Nazarina who posted a photo of the snow in Colorado on her blog last year! Pine branches were so heavy they touched the ground, and even worse were broken from the weight! Many tree branches were bent to the brink of breaking!

We could hardly see the road as we drove further up the mountain, even the powerlines were covered in snow! Still the trees were white glazed in such granduer, drawing us further into it's frozen world!

Each mile more magnificent than the next! Laurel Mountain is an incredible landmark to experience all Four seasons here in Pennsylvania. Each season simply exordinarily capitivating to envision.

Afraid of venturing any further, we decided to turn around when we saw only snowmobile tracks! Hardly anyone in sight but one skier, close to the entrance!
The astounding view was ever breathtaking as we made our second visual round down the mountain. This exemplary shot taken from our truck's front windshield!

Lastly but not leastly we caught one final glance as we exited the mountain. Looking out across frosted treetops lining the mountain as far as you can see. Here dusk was approaching fast, and the snow was still falling. Glad to head home to alittle warmer climate!
Hope you enjoyed looking at the snow world through my eyes here in Pennsylvania! The sun has made her entrance today, a gradual thaw to melt the ice tundra on my driveway!
Stay tuned until next time, remain focused and Literally In The Moment!


ochikeron said...

Wow! Does it snow that much at your place every year!? The tour was cool! I really enjoyed it. Thanks to your hubby for driving you back there :D

286 calories per hour sounds nice! But sounds really freezing out there... Please take care not to catch a cold!!!

When I lived in NY, it didn't snow that much. I wish I could see deep snow here in Japan, but if I think of my work, I hope not... Should be troublesome! Ha-ha!!!

Jo A. T.B. said...

Hi Ochi,

This is beyond a much more than our average snowfall! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

NY get much more snow than we do most of the time, double what we get in fact! Yes it's hard to get around in so much snow!

@nGeLine said...

Heavy snow at your place but it looks great.

Unknown said...

OMG!!! The snow had blanketed your town and even your car..How cold is that??I really never get to experience this.

terrymcdermott said...

Beautiful pics!

ochikeron said...

Wow!!! Beyond what you get most years?! I wish I was there to see it. It should have snowed a lot in NY then!!!

Jo A. T.B. said...

Yes the snow is quite beautiful to look at Angel!

Jo A. T.B. said...

Very cold Jose! Freezing cold, in fact today went up to 40 degrees, but this evening in the 30's still cold!

Jo A. T.B. said...

Thanks Terry glad you liked them!

Jo A. T.B. said...

Yes the snow was a sight Ochi, and here is an article of the snow in NY from the New York Times: A lot of flights were cancelled at the airports! I'm so glad it's mostly melted now!

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