Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Inspired by Pat's Blog Entry

I was inspired today from reading Pat Gerber-Relf's Thingamajig. My wife and I were in Philadelphia last May. We ventured through the city. A family friend told us about Isaiah Zagar's Magic Gardens. It is an art museum of mosaic murals. It is a half a block long on South Street but it is spreading. It is open to the public and the admission fee is minimal. Philly Magic Gardens is a non-profit organization that promotes cultural events.It has become a destination spot in the city.
Isaiah Zagar began working on his murals in 1994 on a vacant lot adjacent to his house.He spent the next fourteen years excavating tunnels and grottos, and sculpting mural walls.
Here are some of my photos.

Monday, February 11, 2013

The Blizzard

Now that it is Monday and activity is resuming slowly, it gives me time to write about this phenomenal blizzard. Weather forecasters were predicting accumulations of 20 inches (50.8 cm.) in parts of our little state of Connecticut.
One weather system accurately predicted over 30 inches (76.2 cm.) of snow but being skeptical folk, everyone didn't trust that forecast or we clung to a more comfortable range. Well, that forecast was correct. We did exceed that amount. I live in Wallingford (which is neighboring to Meriden on the map). Our snowfall accumulation was 35 inches (88.9 cm.).
The storm began on Friday morning and by late afternoon it started to accumulate. A blizzard is defined as a snowstorm with winds of minimum speeds of 35 miles per hour winds (56 kilometers) and visibility of less than 400 meters. By evening all these conditions were met.
When we awakened on Saturday morning I photographed the after effects surrounding our home.
Here is our mailbox.
Will Mail Be Delivered?
By the way, the USPS delivered the mail on Friday. 
Our neighbor's mailbox was demolished.

Here is our above ground swimming pool. 
Pool is Closed
Today we have rain and fog. Our road is one lane. Two way traffic is passable by drivers pulling to the side to allow traffic from the opposite direction. Our biggest concern now is flooding because the storm drains are not cleared. 
Snowfall can be beautiful but when it is excessive it becomes inconvenient.