Photo Blogging Challenge – Winter

When PJ posted the February theme for his photo blogging challenge, “Winter”, I had no idea what a harsh winter February would bring to Massachusetts!

This has been the snowiest month of February on record for MA, with over 102 inches of snow recorded!

So, my problem this month was not with photo inspiration. It was actually figuring out how to choose only 5 photos to spotlight in this post.

Let’s start with a happy one!


How do you spend your snow days? My husband wears his Wookie robe and looks at snow from our condo window


This is me, in front of a snow pile where the front lawn of my parent’s house should be. I’m 5’3″ & the pile is taller than me. Notice also the scary icicles hanging from the gutter. They are ice damns that have grown so long they hit the snow pile!

100_2418Speaking of icicles – they got scary this winter and scenes like this one from a building across from my office in Natick were pretty common

snow blowing roof
As the snow kept falling, we dealt in more ridiculous ways than anyone could have imagined.

This is a photo of 2 snow-blowers clearing a roof in Quincy, MA! 


And finally, here’s a view of Quincy from my condo window during on of the many snow storms

Winter in MA this year has been scary & inconvenient.

The National Guard was called in to help with snow removal once the governor declared a state of emergency.

Our public transportation system (the MBTA) pretty much broke down. It closed completely on multiple days and had shuttle busing instead of subway route for weeks. My husband’s normal 1 hour commute from Quincy to Malden became a 3+ hour commute – one way – due to shuttle busing.

I drive to commute to my office and the roads were way more jammed with traffic than usual, increasing my commuting time as well.

Many days, we worked from home because it wasn’t safe to even try to get to work.

My awesome friend Crystal was highlighted by the news for shoveling snow from her wheelchair and mobilizing groups of Braintree residents to help her clear sidewalks! She also had a great op ed published in the Patriot Ledger, Save your pity; instead provide accessibility. (I highly recommend you watch the news clip & read her op ed.)

MA residents are a resilient lot. At this point, we’re about 6 inches of snow away from an all time record of snow in winter in MA, so most of us want to have a few more inches fall and break the record.

We may very well get that wish, with a small snow storm heading out way March 1st.

This monthly photo blogging challenge is facilitated by PJ of the Northeast Bloggers Network.

Thanks for inspiring me to take more photos!

17 thoughts on “Photo Blogging Challenge – Winter

  1. Interesting set of shots. I can honestly say, I don’t believe I’ve ever seen icicles that large before. I’m a teacher and we watch the CNN student news in my class on a daily basis and I saw a segment they presented on your friend Crystal. Very cool that we have that connection.

    • It’s great to see Crystal’s story spread! Hope your students enjoyed seeing her.

      She really just wants people to think about how they can help each other.

  2. Well, I hope there was some snow left in that storm for you after it dumped 7 inches on us! Although, the thought of people in MA wanting MORE snow makes me laugh. 🙂

    Those icicles are spectacular! I’ve never seen anything like it, and I’ve lived in the snow belt of Ohio.

    I’m thoroughly enjoying your husband admiring the snow while wearing his Wookie robe.

    • I think we’ll get at least 6″ from the March 1st storm. (I’m so sick of staying in when it snows that I drove in the mild storm, to get to my indoor soccer league and back.)

      I’ve never seen anything like the icicles either before this year! They’re pretty to look at, but scary when they melt & fall and/or flood the inside of houses and business offices.

    • Thanks!

      The icicles in MA became such a problem this winter that some people hired snow removal professionals to get rid of them. They used chain saws to cut big ones away from buildings.

  3. Those icicles are scary … I wouldn’t like to be underneath one when it fell, that’s for sure! Wow, you had a lot of snow.

    It’s so funny to hear you talk about Braintree. I grew up in a small village not far from Braintree, England – one of my brother’s girlfriends came from there – and I imagine that yours is so much bigger than ours!

    • We’re up to over 102 inches of snow for the winter so far, and the record is 107. I think we’ll beat it.

      Braintree, MA is on the south shore of Massachusetts. It’s probably named after Braintree, England!

  4. You all are truly Pilgrim stock! I can’t imagine that much snow. And speaking of icicles….those are massive…and awesome! Hope you all don’t drown when all that snow does finally melt! 🙂

    • Thanks! It’s been nice to get comments on the icicles & snow with some outside perspective. It’s been a long winter.

      I’m also amused that no one has commented on how weird/unsafe it is to clear a roof with 2 snow-blowers. 🙂

  5. Actually, the snowblowers on the roof was the one that really made my eyes pop! First, how did they get them up there. Second, what about anyone hardy enough to be walking along the sidewalk below the building. Third, what about visibility impairment for drivers around the building. Anyhow, I can see how folks there need to clear the snow load from the roof, something we’ve never had to think about here, so I’m not actually sure how I’d tackle the job.

    Hang in there, spring will finally come. Hope it doesn’t bring flooding for you as the (record?) snowfall melts.

    • Thanks!

      I’m surprised the weight of the snow blowers & humans using them didn’t cause the roof to collapse.

      The sad story we’ve been hearing a lot this week is barns having roof cave ins – trapping horses. (We have farmland in the Western part of MA.) I think the fire department & animal rescue has been able to get the animals out safely, so far.

      The lobby of my condo complex and our garage already have water leaking in from melting snow.

  6. This has been a crazy winter in the Northeast as a whole, hasn’t it? My area actually isn’t up to “normal” with total snowfall, but we’ve been hammered since mid-January, too. We got it with the cold… which is the coldest February on record for some spots in my area. Nuts. Here’s to spring coming!

    And good set of shots for this month. It’s definitely crazy to see how much snow is all over!

    • Thanks PJ!

      It’s definitely crazy snowy & cold this year. Glad your area isn’t being hit as hard with the snow part!

      I had fun this weekend at the PAX East (video game conference) looking for opportunities to get pictures for the March “two” theme.

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