Category Archives: Winter

Ohio’s Weather Is An Exercise In Being Prepared

Wild Winter Weather Variations In Newark, Ohio

The warm temps went into the 70’s this week. I’m not a perfectionists and reports varied, but I seen thermometers hit into the 70’s. That’s incredibly warm for Central Ohio in February.

The motorcycles came out of my garage. The warm weather made for comfortable walks. It was such a nice reprieve from our usual brutal February weather.

Global warming/cooling/changing alarmists went into panic mode and forgot to look up previous record temps. Research quickly revealed 6o degree temps in Cleveland in 1981. It is rare, but not as rare as we are led to believe.

Advertising pointing to a barbershop.
Incredibly simple advertising for a back alley barbershop.

This photo is from  a warm February night stroll in Newark, Ohio.  The painted ad on a wall is as simple as it gets. The barbershop it points to has been back there for a long time according to my memory. Simplicity works.

When it comes to Ohio weather the most simplistic answer to, “What should I wear?”, is to use layers and be ready for anything. Some my find the constant changes discouraging, but it’s undeniably interesting.

 

A Ride In The Country, Then A Walk Around Town

Town And Country In Licking County, Ohio.

We’re coming up on February 2017. In my opinion, February is the toughest month of winter. By this point, I’m tired of it. Getting outside helps resolve some of the angst though.

Here’s some a ride in the country and a walk in the city from this Sunday afternoon.

Licking County farm fenceline.
Fenceline on the backroads in the northern part of Licking County, Ohio.
The Draft House Alley entrance in Newark, Ohio.
Entrance in the rear of The Draft House in downtown Newark, Ohio.
Alleyway barber shop sign.
Barber shop sign in an alley.

Social Media Constraints


Cattails in the early winter.
Cattails in the early winter after being ravaged by birds. Birds use the stringy seeds to make nests.

Constraints often improve an artist’s work. I don’t consider myself an “artist”, but I do undertake creative endeavors. Writing and photography are forms of art, I just don’t like to compare anything I do with so many other somewhat unrelated fields like painting. I have found that limits do free your time and keep your works withing boundaries, financial and otherwise.

A constraint I’m adding is far, far less time on Facebook. More time walking, writing and photographing. Less time arguing the finer points of politics and other things that Facebook is a lacking platform for.

It’s already led me to a Sunday afternoon hiking in a field. That’s when this photo was captured.

2016 Winter. Easy In Ohio So Far.

Here it is January 10th, 2016 and what appears to be the first real winter weather of the year appears.

This photo was taken on a hike at Dawes Arboretum near Newark, Ohio today.

January 2016 Dawes Arboretum Photo
Lake At Dawes Arboretum In January.

Last year I tried a 365 project that failed. It failed in the idea that I did not produce 1 photo a day for 365 days. It succeeded in showing me that you need to take at least one photo a day to improve. Many of those photos will be bad, but some will be great. You need that frequency to lead you to the great shots. The failures are the practice that lead you to the great photos.

This year, I’m just trying to improve and post the best photos I get as they come. The goal is just improvement.