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Monday, November 15, 2010

where i live - new york, usa

mission: MUSE - "where i live"
by muse april

The Seasons Where I Live

I live about 20 minutes north of Albany NY.  My darling little red head family and I have lived here for over 3 years.  Sadly I don't know too much about the area; I have been busily, sleepily, entertaining my two small children.  So instead of enriching you with all the wonderful history that I know surrounds me I am going to share some pictures of the seasons, all literally with in walking distance of my house.  :)

Unfortunately winter lasts for a long time up here in upstate NY.  Lots of snow, freezing rain and coooold temperatures.  A couple of years ago there was a huge ice storm that left some people with out power for over a week.  Amazingly one of our friends had power and let us stay with them for a few days.  I have never been so cold waiting in my house for the power to come back on, plus I was newly pregnant and sick! with my now 16 month old daughter.  Being cold and sick there was no way I was going outside to take pictures, which is unfortunate because the world is really beautiful covered in ice.  It looked like everything outside was made of glass!

March-April is much milder but muddy.  I feel like an antsy toddler waiting for any signs of spring.  Finally spring comes running fast and the world literally transforms before my eyes.

One of my favorite parts of spring is planting my garden.  I tend it like one of my children and I get so giddy watching yummy veggies and herbs grow.

Spring comes and goes and the fun warm, sometimes hot and humid summer arrives.  For me dandelions officially welcome the beginning of summer sprinkling the world of green with a wonderful sea of yellow.  I try to see the beauty in the weedy flowers because hubby and I do a terrible job of fertilizing.

Oh, and don't forget the clover!

Even though I hate to see summer leave, autumn is my favorite season here in NY.  I love the warm days and cool nights, apple and pumpkin picking, colorful leaves, harvesting the garden, sweaters and apple cider donuts.  Plus I can't help how cute my red headed family looks in the warm autumn tones!

Now the cold is returning, but that in itself brings a new sense of excitement.  It snowed for the first time a couple of days ago and the kids were so happy.  So I am going to suck it up and enjoy this winter as I anticipate the return of spring. :)

Thank you for visiting where I live.

April :)  of april's 365


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  1. Hello April!

    A lovely post - I'm sure I've driven by on the way to Buffalo!

    I particularly like the rose (cherry blossom?) shot, the seeds growing and the thread on the pumpkin.

    Thanks for sharing 4 seasons in upstate NY!

  2. Each season has its beauty..and you have found it!

  3. a beautiful part of new york that i rarely get to see!

  4. oh gosh how beautiful it is! my friend keeps bugging me on visiting NY. i love your seasons post :) i wanna visit!

  5. WOW! Love the feeling I got when I got to the end & realized I had just returned from a year long journey through your images! Thanks!

  6. Holly { Soupatraveler }November 16, 2010 at 9:21 PM

    wonderful post! really love those garden shots too! perfect! and its sooooo cold up there! i have family up at lake george, so i've only ever visited in the summer!

  7. Superb pictures! (Oh, and I thought that New York is ONLY New York ! ;)

  8. April, what an enchanting way to show us your neighbourhood. Beautiful.

  9. such beautiful nature captures...hope you have a flickr stream i can go check out!

  10. This is beautiful, April! I didn't realize you were only 20 minutes north of Albany. I knew you were near but not THAT close. So we are closer than I thought (I'm about 25 minutes south). Maybe this spring/summer we can get together for a photowalk!

  11. thank you for sharing. i've always wanted to visit NY & it's good to know it is more than just lights & people :)

    your dandelion with a dust of snow on it is the bees knees~simply gorgeous!