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Winter Wandering ~

Today I just didn’t want to stay cooped up in the house, since we’d had all that new snow over the past 24+ hours.  I wanted to take a closer look at things through a lense.  I had some morning shopping to do, so I incorporated that into a long, random drive around a couple of counties to get some interesting photos.

Pin Oak

Pin Oak

My first photo was taken before I even left our driveway this morning while it was still snowing.  We have three lovely pin oak trees in our back yard.  The other two are compliant and lose their leaves in the fall… but this one never seems to want to give up its leaves until the new ones arrive in the spring and start pushing the old, dead ones off the branches.  Not even the windiest, stormiest of days will persuade this tree to let its leaves fall.

 

Rushing waters in Throop, NY (pronounced ("Troop")

Rushing waters in Throop, NY (pronounced (“Troop”)

I really enjoy photographing water any time of the year, but there’s something about the icy coldness of winter waters that I find hypnotic and intriguing.

Blanket of snow

Blanket of snow

A smaller “offshoot” from the larger creek in Throop.  The soft blanket of snow looked inviting, even if cold.

Ice fishing on Cayuga Lake

Ice fishing on Cayuga Lake

I don’t know what possessed me to drive out to my old “stomping grounds” in Cayuga, New York, except that it’s on the shores of Cayuga Lake, which I knew could hold some interesting photo ops.  Often there are water fowl on the edges of the lake, but today I found some ice fishermen/women camped out on the ice.  Not my idea of a fun time, but who’s to judge?  To the left of this shot I took a photo of several more such “blinds” dotted along the length of the frozen over lake ~ however, that photo was blurry and not useable.  I drove over to nearby Montezuma Wildlife Refuge to see what wildlife I would find there today, but the only thing stirring there was a caretaker who was plowing the driveway… everything else was snowed in.

Beau Vine Chop House

Beau Vine Chop House

Last, but not least, I had to snap this photo as a sort of tongue-in-cheek chuckle and tribute to Auburn, NY.  This is the Beau Vine Chop House at the new Hilton Garden Inn just off State Street in Auburn, NY.   I don’t know if the creators of this establishment just didn’t realize the local hilarity of the name of this place, or what?  Anyway who is familiar with Auburn, NY, located in rural Cayuga County, knows that Auburn is a thriving, albeit small city and the hub of the county ~ which is mostly farm land.  A major source of income and employment in Cayuga County is through dairy farms which provide milk and beef through the cows that are raised there.  Cows = bovine.   So, perhaps it’s actually fitting that the name “Beau Vine” is used for a chop house in the middle of Auburn.  I’m sorry, I just can’t take it seriously.

Till next time … TTFN ~

      Tamara Eckstadt

Big Chill in B’ville ~

Al and I ventured out in the bitter cold today to nearby Baldwinsville, NY, where I grew up and graduated from.  We wanted to take in the event they call “The Big Chill” on the banks of the Seneca River in Mercer Park.  The event is a fundraiser, combined with a “polar plunge” along with many other activities and food events.  They raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Ronald McDonald House Charities of CNY, and the Greater Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce. 

We got there at about 11:45 a.m. for what was anticipated as a Noon start of the festivities.  They had a DJ at the gazebo who was playing 80’s tunes, and the fire department and ambulance squads were both on scene.  There was a couple of large tents where for $10 you could have all the “tastings” of local area foods that you want.  Tim Horton’s was there with a tent and giving away free hot chocolate ~ VERY popular! 

At noon, the DJ welcomed the sparse crowd with an announcement that the plunges would begin at 1:00 pm ~ another hour to wait in the sunny but frosty cold.

Swimming Hole!

Swimming Hole!

When we arrived, there were members of the local fire department in the icy water scooping out ice chunks and making a clean area for plungers to enjoy.  A backhoe was brought in to break the ice initially, then volunteers went in to “clean it up”.

Playful firefighter

Playful firefighter

 One of the firefighter/volunteers does a back float in his specialized suit while taking a break from hauling ice blocks, slush and chunks of ice out of the plunge area.  Moments before, he had been up on the ice at the edge of the hole, then jumped in.

Paramedics on stand-by

Paramedics on stand-by

Greater Baldwinsville Ambulance Corp kept watch just up from the water’s edge.

Junior Firefighters

Junior Firefighters

Baldwinsville firefighters heated up the area with a nice bonfire consisting of wood pallets and dried Christmas trees.  These young Junior firefighters stood by with an active hose trained on the fire, just in case it was suddenly necessary to put it out.  Later, they stood on both sides of the red carpet that led down to the water and gave high fives to the plunge participants as they exited the plunge pond.

Getting crowded

Getting crowded

Just shy of 1:00 when the plunges were to begin, the crowd edged toward the water waiting to see the spectacle.

Baldwinsville FD Team takes the plunge.

Baldwinsville FD Team takes the plunge.

Baldwinsville FD team exits the plunge!

Baldwinsville FD team exits the plunge!

 

Here you can see all of the ice chunks that had to be cleared out of the water before the plungers could begin.  Al and I left around 1:30 p.m. ~ my cheeks were just wind-burned and raw, although we’d both dressed in warm layers, the temp was around 7 degrees.  By the time the plunges began, the sun had gone behind clouds and the wind had picked up.

Hats off to these brave souls who take the plunge.  I don’t know how they do it!  The Mayor of Baldwinsville said that this year was the coldest it’s been that he could remember… and he’s done it every year since it began.

Till next we blog again … TTFN.

Tamara Eckstadt