Friday, 24 January 2014

Snow Conditions - Sepia Saturday

I guess we have been lucky so far this winter as conditions have not been right for snow - plenty of rain however. 

Despite working for nearly ten years in Norway I never made it to the ski slopes as I would have need to have done to have any personal shots to match this week's prompt.

So I went looking for appropriate pictures from the past. I even managed to find one from Norway.

Skiing in Strandalen 1924
(County Archives in Sogn and Fjordane)
I have tried my hand a sledging but not as long ago as this.

Sledding & Skiing in Frognebakken (Oslo, Norway) 1903
(Anders Beer Wilson 1865 - 1949 - Norwegian Museum of Cultural Heritage)
Before I went to Norway we had snow in the UK of course and our children were please to pose with (on) the beginnings of a snowman (or was it just a large snowball?)

Andrew, Rachel & Adrian (early 1970s)
It seems to me that the snow was much deeper here in the USA.

Cody (or Scout) - Michigan 2011
The most snow I remember was in the winter of 1947 when the Rutland village where I lived had that much snow that the boys were able to hack out large caves in the snow. Unfortunately no-one had a camera so you will have to take my word for it; it was the snowiest winter since 1814 and I don't believe there has been one like it since.

For other snowy conditions you should plough across to Sepia-Saturday-212.


Karen S. said...

Oh Bob was a great snowy or not snowy for you post. You have a treasure of stored up snowy photos,all very dear to you! My name for him, is cutest pup! Let's play ball!

La Nightingail said...

The skiing photo in Norway is outstanding. What scenery! Overall, a fun collection of photos and thanks for the "Let It Snow--" video. I miss the jazzy big band/orchestral accompaniment behind singers these days. Fun to hear it!

Wendy said...

Your 1970s snow looks like the snow we have right now, in my yard at least. My neighbor's snow has totally melted -- I guess they get more direct sun. My yard looks like your yard.

L. D. said...

They are all some great looking shots. Snow can be fun but not with the terrible cold.

Jo said...

I remember some really bad winters in Kent with the river Medway freezing solidly around the edges anyway. I guess '47 was a bad one, you're right.

Mike Brubaker said...

The one and only time I was on skis as an adult was a few years when we drove up to the little local ski resort and I attempted to shuffle up and down the bunny slope for beginners. I was so fearful that I was going to crash into the dozens of children zipping around that I quit and told my wife that I was "unsafe at any speed!"

ScotSue said...

When I read you had lived in Norway, I thought there will be some stunning photographs here - and there were! Loved that one of the two ladies in the long dresses tobogganing.

Rosie said...

Good post Bob, we are having snow falling as I type this. Big enormous snowflakes, rather very pretty.

Patrica Ball Morrison said...

Oh that "sledding" photo is my favorite the women look like they are just enjoying have more than enough snow and brutal cold this year...but as Jerry says, "spring is right around the corner."

B. Rogers, Living in Black Mountain said...

I've enjoyed dining on this snowy experience - soup to nuts - as they say. Doggy and kids are especially great!

Bob Scotney said...

The dog is Scout; my daughter has confirmed.

Jo Featherston said...

I like the Norwegian photographs you found. Scout doesn't look too happy finding himself deep in all that snow.

Alan Burnett said...

I suppose the lack of photographs of the great snow falls of our youth was anxious parents saying "don't you be taking that camera out in the snow"

Bob Scotney said...

We never had a camera, Alan.


Love those Norwegian landscapes.
Good choice.
Here in Montreal,
back in the 1960s,
it was customary for snow to pill up reaching the second floor of buildings, leaving those who lived in basements completely snowed in
for a while...
Now, it is no longer the case,
we get snow, plenty of it,
but it goes away melting because we always seem to get mild weather often enough to clear it away.
The river doesn't ice over and just keeps on flowing.

Kristin said...

Ticklebear, that is just what started happening in Michigan when we lived there. At first the snow would be in huge piles until the spring thaw but towards the end of our 20 years there, it would warm and freeze and snow and melt and freeze. Making the roads much more dangereous too.

That photo of the Norwegian skiers is very impressive.

Postcardy said...

The dog seems to be enjoying the snow. It must not be as cold as it has been this year.