Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Winter Shot 2012

Okay, so yesterday was the first day of the Spring 2012 semester, and it was a crazy weather day! Strong winds, blowing snow, ice on the roads . . . there were so many accidents along I-380 (and I'm thankful I wasn't one of them)! I'm glad I left really early, because there was a semi-trailer truck that had gone off I-380, thus blocking the right lane of traffic, and turning the interstate into a parking lot for miles (I'd say almost 3 miles!). What is normally a 45 minute commute for me during "normal" road conditions turned into a 1¾ hour drive due to weather and accidents. Ugh.

Anyway, I took it slow and easy, making it to campus safely. And since I'd left with plenty of time, I wasn't rushed . . . I had time to return some library books and get to my building about 40 minutes early!

So with my extra time, I decided to go out and take the Winter 2012 shot (for a "4 Seasons 2012" photo series). I'd started this idea last year (click here to see the "4 Seasons 2011" series), and thought it would be fun to do it again at a different location on campus.

The idea (which is what I'm doing again this year at this new spot), is to take a photo at one particular location at approximately the same time of day - in each of the four seasons - to document Mother Nature's yearly changes.

I've been looking forward to starting a new "4-Seasons Series" since last October!

After taking a few photos last Saturday from one location, and taking a couple more today from another location, I've decided which photo (and location) I'm going with this year.

Here it is . . .
The Winter Shot 2012, taken outside the University of Iowa's Main Library (the north entrance) on 17 Jan 2012, somewhere between 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM.

As you can see, the sky is starting to clear. It had been nearly white-out conditions when I'd left home earlier in the day. I'm glad it cleared up; it made the drive home much easier.

I almost chose one of the other photos, because I'd taken them on a sunny day, with super blue skies. But I ended up choosing this one instead, because the others were in the same vicinity (and facing the same direction) as the 2011 4-seasons series. (I may share those photos another day, though.)

"The Spring Shot 2012," obviously won't be available for a few months . . . I'm sure I'll have plenty to post before then.

8 comments:

Jill said...

So glad you make it to and from school safely!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Looking forward to the spring shot!

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

I do not miss winter driving -- your commute sounded rather scary. Glad you made it safe and sound. :)

TexWisGirl said...

i like the long street perspective.

Teresa said...

cool idea! I need to do something like that out here. Even though the changes aren't to drastic, you can still see a difference in season.

Sandy said...

Oh my! I-380 sounds like a scary drive. Stay safe! I like the idea and am looking forward to seeing how the scene around you changes. =)

Michaele said...

You had much harsher weather than we did. It was just cold here with a dusting. The buildings are much clearer in this photo - but I look forward to the spring one.

Randy said...

You always have to watch out for the other divers. Nice shot.

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