Winter seems to be never-ending.
Once we got a major snow dump at the end of January (under a foot, but more than 6 inches), the snow just keeps coming down. We have had scares of more major snowstorms, but so far we have gotten under 5 inches of snow. Yet, the snow doesn’t melt. At least, it’s not melting fast enough for me.
I discovered that my car, parked off the street in a pull-in space that is on a 25-30-degree angle, is stuck: the front tires spin, but I get no traction. Gravity is negated; apparently the ice around the tires is strong enough to hold the car in place. I need to free my car to do laundry by the end of the week.
The photos I’ve taken are earlier in the month, but what you see hasn’t changed. The Philipsburg Manor house and millpond are still covered in snow; the photo of the snow-covered street was just pretty, so I snapped that pic; the shores of the Hudson are still covered in ice; the sunny pic is something that even I have realized that the area is missing: the sun. We have not been seeing the sun very much. Most of the days are just gray and cold. VERY cold. We are in the middle of dangerous cold weather where one can get frostbite if one is not careful.
Well, the nor’easter (Winter Storm Juno–when did they start naming winter storms?) that was supposed to hit Monday night through Wednesday didn’t really pan out, at least in my area.
Thankfully, we didn’t get the 10-22 inches that was being called for. We did, however, get enough. I now see that there is even more snow fell Thursday night, and snow is being called for Monday.
Remember the old days when we would get an inch or so of snow, it would melt, and then we would get more? I suppose this is going to be the new norm: several inches being dumped, and then several more inches falling in the next several days, followed by even more snow …
I’m sure the kids are loving it, though. I remember being in middle school and one very bad winter when the schools were closed several weeks in January and February. Back then they had built into the schedule snow days, but this even taxed the bank. Still, I don’t remember going that much later into June.
The downpour that we got earlier in the week seemed to help the Pocantico. The Philipsburg Manor millpond might have more water in it, but parts of the exposed bottom are still visible or just covered with a little water.
These photographs were taken before the rain and from the Philipsburg Manor parking lot area. Here the drought’s affects can be best seen.
Over the months, I’ve been monitoring the levels of water in the Philipsburg Manor millpond. The channel from the the Pocantico River that runs under the Route 9/Washington Irving Memorial Bridge/Headless Horseman Bridge and into the millpond is drying up. I walk over this bridge nearly every day. Once I saw a duck mooning the world as he/she fed on the bottom. (I wish I had a pic of that.)
Within the last two weeks, I’ve noticed that the water level has dropped very low. The channel under Route 9 is now about a fourth of the size of the channel, which is usually filled with water.
Are we in a drought? It seems like it. On Friday, when I walked back from the Philipse Manor and, since I had more time to spend, walked around to the parking lot and took some other pictures. You can see that the millpond is, indeed, drying up.
I haven’t walked along the Pocantico River banks up past the Old Dutch Church Burial Ground and the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in months. It’s time for another visit.
The past two days have felt more like early or mid-April rather than the end of May. It’s been COLD. Today, at least the sun is out. The photos of the daffodils were taken back when they were blooming at Philipsburg Manor. They were so nice that I leaned over the fence and snapped the pics.
It takes a lot of time and effort to blog, but I like it. I have been taking pictures, but sometimes I don’t know if I should put up the images or not. In most cases I get lazy and don’t get around to writing the entry. There’s a story with the following photos. One morning, I saw a family of swans headed to the mill pond at Philipsburg Manor. I was in a hurry so I didn’t have time to snap any pictures, but watching the cygnets (baby swans) run towards the water was really cute.
I usually get off at the Tarrytown station in the evening, but I decided to get off at Philipse Manor to get more exercise. I’m glad that I did. Imagine my surprise when I saw the same (?) family heading away from the pond, the cygnets running all around. This time I snapped some pics.
And lastly, I went to work a few weeks ago late and happened to be looking over at the eagle statue at the Philipse Manor station when I saw this nearby. Intrigued, I snapped some quick photos. I had no idea what it was, so I emailed my friend Mary in Maryland. Mary used to be a veterinary assistant, volunteer at the zoo, and just LOVES animals, so I figured she’d know. She did:
He/she (?) is a groundhog, a la Punxsutawney Phil, or in this case, Philipse Phil! Harmless and cute, and yes, like rats, in the rodent family 🙂
So there you have it. Wild animals are alive and well in Sleepy Hollow.
It was a very cold day today, which would have been bad enough but the wind was terrible. It felt as if winter had returned. I had to break out the winter coat again, hat, gloves and all and it was still cold.
I really enjoy walking by Philipsburg Manor. Now I look for the ducks and the swans as I go by. For the past few weeks, there have been no ducks or swans on the mill pond but today, of all days, I spotted two ducks. Then, somewhat further away from them, I spotted a swan, all alone.
The wind was so strong that the Hudson was stirred up with waves. There were white caps on the waves.
Hopefully, spring will return quickly.