Friday, January 8, 2010

UFO's on the Prairie

The Farmer's alarm went off very early this morning.

It was still dark in the room when I slowly opened my eyes and became aware of a strange sight and sound. There was a low noise, very strange and irritating. The room was illuminated by an alternating bright blue/white light and yellow flashes.

Half awake and reeling from some strange dreams, I imagined a UFO outside on the front lawn where the deer cross each morning making their way to the woods to the east.

I'll admit that I'm one of those people who would love to see a UFO. A close encounter of the first kind would be just perfect for me. No need to have the greys take me on board.

Opening the blinds I spotted this:

Double blinding white lights up the street, slowly drifting and approaching our house. The noise increased as it approached.

The yellow lights were equally intensive.

What is it?

Oh darn, the snow plow!

That can only mean one thing. It snowed again last night and I'll need to fire up the snowblower. I preferred when we had the plow attachment for the tractor, but the Farmer hated attaching it each fall.

The sun began to rise behind the cloud cover. One thing I love about winter is the quality of the light. Blues, pinks and purples reign supreme.

This image is straight out of the camera. Yes, it was that blue.

Where was all this snow when we owned a snowmobile? We bought a nice sled when the kids were in high school. It promptly stopped snowing. No snow. For years. We sold the sled and now I'm wishing it was in the garage, waiting for a moonlit night to fly across the fields.

This is the kind of sledding I like to do.

Fifty miles per hour under the moonlight.

Yes, a need for speed.

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NOTE: Two of the cameras are fixed, at least temporarily. I managed to close the battery door on the small point-and-shoot and the Son took it with him to Fort Lauderdale.

I discovered that the problem with the large digital involved not one, but two bad memory cards. The wavy nature of the photos above is due to the fact that I didn't think it was a good idea to run outside in my robe with a tripod. The neighbors already think I'm a bit off.

Susan - I know you feel you're freezing in Florida but it's a good 50-60 degrees warmer than here so my son reports it feels wonderful. It's just hoody weather.


Lisa D. said...

I love the blue light of winter too.
We haven't had a whole lot of snow this winter so far. The grader drivers have had a much easier time of it this winter (we live on a gravel road, so no snowplow. It's the grader that clears the road). There's usually a couple times a winter that we're snowed in and not going anywhere until the grader comes.

Kat said...

One of my favorite movie quotes "I knew they'd pick me. I just knew it!... Hello? Well, I guess... Welcome to my planet!"
Also, we call the pinkish yellow glow in the evenings a 'snow sky.' I love snow skies!

amber said...

how I would love to be woken in the early morning by a snow plow...we have been snowed in for 5 days...beautiful pictures, by the way!

shanae said...

I am so like you need for speed, i love snowmobileing in utah, it is so much fun. I love your blog

Vee said...

And "they" say that there's no such thing as blue snow. (Only went for one snowmobile ride in my life and it was thrilling. I loved every minute, though I was not going top-speed. I was instead following a path through the forest and seeing some of the most amazing sights that I never could've enjoyed otherwise.) So, when are you getting a new snowmobile? It's never too late!

StefRobrts said...

I've never seen the world blue like that, it looks beautiful.

cityfarmer said...

youjhad me scared there for a while ...the "thingy" looked scary ... thanks for the email ...I just shot one back

Second Sun Press said...

I've seen a UFO, and it wasn't all that satisfying. It really just left a lot of unanswered questions. Be careful what you wish for. And no, I didn't see any "aliens", just an unidentifiable flying object. At least I didn't see it alone ... thereby saving my sanity.

BittersweetPunkin said...

Hi Suzanne,
We still have not had ANY snow here in the Pacific Northwest where I am. It would be kinda nice, at least it will feel more like Winter.


Stickhorsecowgirls said...

Well a UFA might be interesting... it's that rumor of "probing" that gives me pause... C

Steph said...

I was in your neck of the woods on Wednesday and Friday! We had to change planes in Chicago on our way to and from LA for the National Championship game! Got some neat looking pictures of the snow from the airplane!

Susan S. said...

Very cool pictures....that blue is awesome! Sure looks cold's unusually cold here in Houston....we've dropped below freezing for 4 nights in a row. Unheard of around here. Happy New Year!

Karen Deborah said...

WOW that ia a gorgeous picture! Go for it and take a ride! Somebody nice must have a snow mobile around there.