Snow, snow everywhere – with pictures

This afternoon I got dressed to head outside for some quick errands: drop off some DVDs at the library; stop at the market across the street from the library for some milk; shovel out the steps and the walk.

And while I was out, I also got some pictures.

Front steps pre-shoveling
Front steps pre-shoveling

That big pile next to the steps is one of the places I shovel snow.  It has already reached the bottom of the window.

The other big pile is this one, on the other side of the trash and recycling bins.

This pile is taller than me.
This pile is taller than me.

I managed to make my way down the sidewalk to Broadway.  I snapped a shot of the narrow path left through the snow in front of the house.

Later on I widened it a bit with the snowblower.
Later on I widened it a bit with the snowblower.

In less than three weeks, we have had more snow than we do all winter some years.  We broke a bunch of records, including the 20 day and 30 day records for most snow.  And Greater Boston has almost come to a halt in many ways.  We just have more snow than we know what to do with.

Out in front of the library, there was a lot of unspoiled views.

Just beautiful.
Just beautiful.

And it is astonishing to see just how much snow there really is.

That? That is one of the city's trash receptacles in front of the main library.  Almost totally covered.
That is one of the city’s trash receptacles in front of the main library. Almost totally covered.

Since the streets have to be plowed, and the walks have to be cleared, that leaves few places to pile the snow.  So parking meters and parking spaces tend to get buried.

This pile in front of the market is way over my head.
This pile in front of the market is way over my head.
Some birds managing to find something to eat in spite of it all.
Some birds managing to find something to eat in spite of it all.

After I left the market I went back to shovel out the steps and the walk.  But I have not done the car yet, because I was just too tired by that point.  I have to toss the shovels of snow pretty high now and that gets a bit tiring.  So Basil will have to wait until tomorrow to get uncovered.

Terribly sorry old chap.
Terribly sorry, old chap.

One advantage to the Mini is that when I dig out the spot, it is small enough that it is difficult for someone else to fit their car in there.  Of course, that has not stopped some people from trying.  But no one in their right mind would be out on the roads now anyway, I think.  They are keeping up with the plowing on the main roads, but many side streets are still pretty messy.

Broadway, looking east.
Broadway, looking east.

It’s still not great for pedestrians either, really, and I can’t imagine trying to ride a bicycle in this mess.  But perhaps I lack imagination.

Someone had come by and dug out all the Hubway bikes.  And then I noticed the sign.  I suppose that's one way of looking at it.
Someone had come by and dug out all the Hubway bikes. And then I noticed the sign. I suppose that’s one way of looking at it.

But if you have your own bike, you have to dig it out, and that may take some real effort.

Someone started and then said "who are we kidding?  This is insane."
Someone started and then said “who are we kidding? This is insane.”

So at this rate, I will be surprised if anything is open tomorrow.  Maybe by Wednesday people will have had time to dig out and then find somewhere to put the snow.

-Geoff

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