Project 365: Deep in the heart of winter

by DaniGirl on February 6, 2011 · 8 comments

in Photo of the Day

I‘ve heard that the last week of January and the first week of February are the dark heart of winter — the coldest weeks of the year. You can tell based on my pictures this week, featuring lots of cold and snow.

You saw this one of Lucas from Shiverfest already, but I liked it so much it was worth repeating!

37:365 Shiverfest at Lucas

I was driving past a little copse of woods at the south end of Merivale the morning after a night of lightly falling snow, and I had to stop and take a picture. I really liked the almost abstract quality and the monochrome feel to this.

36:365 Winter forest

And yes, more with the freshly fallen snow. This is the same old barn off Bankfield that I’ve photographed before, and I am completely enamoured of it. I swear I will keep taking snow pictures until I get one right!!

41:365 Snow barn

What’s really nice is when you can take a nice winter picture through the open patio door from the warmth of the kitchen!!

40:365 Winter play TtV

And speaking of the warmth of the kitchen… πŸ˜‰ I have to tell you, I’m fighting very hard against my impulse to make him STOP mixing all the colours together like that.

42:365 Playdoh fingers TtV

(Here’s a sanity-saving parenting tip for you: I carry three of those little mini-containers of playdoh, the size that you can hand out for Halloween, in my purse. Any time we have to wait somewhere — doctor’s office, restaurant, etc — I pull out the playdoh and all three boys are engaged and distracted for up to 20 minutes. LOVE playdoh!)

A little mosaic of pictures from Simon’s party which you’ve also already seen, but what the heck:

38:365 Happy Birthday Simon!

This one was too cute not too share. Tristan lost an incisor and put it on the counter in a napkin — but forgot to mention it to me. While I was making dinner, I obliviously scooped up the napkin and its icky contents (give me snot or blood but I cannot handle wiggly teeth) and dumped them into the garbage. I told Tristan that the tooth fairy would likely accept a letter of explanation in lieu of an actual tooth, and this is what he wrote:

39:365 Dear Tooth Fairy

So do you remember how I agonized about getting the boys their first hand-held video game? How we only capitulated last summer before the big road trip to Nova Scotia, when they were six and eight, and even then I thought we were on the border of too early?


And this is the not-quite-three-year-old playing Angry Birds on the iTouch with Beloved.

43:365 Beloved and Lucas playing Angry Birds

And inevitably, a few moments later:

iTouch bonding - after

Sigh. (Nice light, though, eh? ;))

And finally, a 365 tradition that I nearly forgot about — the monthly mosaic for January. Just in case you missed some of these the first five or six times. πŸ˜‰

365 Monthly Mosaic - January

Off to a pretty good start on the year, no?

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sara February 6, 2011 at 2:10 pm

For all its challenges your new house has beautiful light πŸ™‚ Although I think the “dam useless operating equipment” pictures is still my favourite!

2 Coco February 6, 2011 at 3:54 pm

Excellent as usual.

3 Mary @ Parenthood February 6, 2011 at 9:44 pm

Beautiful! Not sure quite what’s “wrong” with your snow pictures but fun to see them!

I heard someone say today that Winterlude marks the end if the coldest part of winter, once it arrives you know things will start to get warmer soon!

I’m theoretically with you on the handheld devices but my not quite two year old is pretty good with my iPhone despite my best intentions… Oh well!

4 DaniGirl February 7, 2011 at 2:58 pm

Sara, is it terrible that two of the factors that most encouraged us to buy the treehouse and the light? It makes me so happy, though!!

Coco, I never did ask. Another 52 for you this year? I still haven’t seen the first ones!!

Mary, I *like* the snow pictures, but I don’t *love* them. There’s an ethereal vibe I’ve seen in some snow pictures that I can’t quite reproduce. Maybe a Lensbaby would help? πŸ˜‰

5 Jill February 7, 2011 at 4:52 pm

My faourite out of your month of January has got to be your wee man sniffing the flower. The lighting is incredible and his expression is priceless!

Love playdoh too. I bring it to Church!


6 jo(e) February 7, 2011 at 10:34 pm

I so love that first photo of Lucas.

7 SC February 7, 2011 at 11:35 pm

Tristan’s letter to the tooth fairy… priceless. It’s the polite way of saying ‘Gimmie the cash’!! Too cute. I hope you’ve kept that letter in his memory box as he’ll get a kick out of that in 20 years!

8 James February 10, 2011 at 7:00 pm

Wow, what truly wonderful winter images.

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