Yesterday I wrote a post, “All Is Complete” and wouldn’t you know it I had to open my mouth and insert foot by saying I took some selfies to keep me lighthearted about going out into a snowstorm. Well, my good friend Dan said in a comment, and I quote, “Yesterday, you were picking on me for posting multiple photos. Now it’s my turn. Why only this one beautiful image, Amy? Where are those selfies?” So as the good friend that I am, I accepted the “challenge” to bring to you my selfies behind the scenes.
The last time I went out in the cold the temperature was 38°F and I was not dressed warm enough, hence I became chilled. This time I was determined to stay warm because temps were only 20°F. That interprets as layers. I started with my feet and worked my way up. Three pairs of socks went on, then my snow pants over jeans and leg warmers, then on to my boots which I had to literally jam my feet into, huffing and puffing as I did. These boots are made to keep snow and wet out and not easy to get feet into, much less feet with 3 pairs of socks on them. By the time I was finished with my feet, I was having second thoughts.
I sat back in the chair catching my breath …
No! Gonna do this, darn it! Determined to continue, I put my sweatshirt on, layer number 3 on my upper body, then proceeded to put my headband on which goes on underneath my winter hat. By that time I said “Self, time for a picture to make me laugh!” When I actually saw my hair standing straight up I laughed until I had tears. The face I made had me roaring.
Yeah, check this hair out!!! Aint that the style!! Ya gotta love it!
When I finally caught my breath from laughing so darn hard, I put on my snow coat, zipped up, put my winter hat on over headband, and pulled coat hood up. Now. OK. Just how am I supposed to move stuffed as I am in all these clothes? That smile with selfie number 2 was for camera only as I was really attempting to keep humor up. What a PIA all these clothes are, let me tell you! It takes forever just to get dressed. And see that vest? That is where my camera hangs and just getting that baby on took me forever as I could barely move.
And how again do I move in all this?
Move just move …. Perhaps when you get the momentum it will get easier ….
Grabbing three pairs of gloves, not really knowing which ones to use, camera and fanny pack with my 2 bottles of water in it, I left our house driving to the park in my car. Shortly thereafter I arrived at my destination. It really was coming down, as in snow. I sat in my car making a mental check list of what to do first when I stepped out of my car, staring the whole time at how hard it was snowing. Believe me, it took a while to figure things out and even then I got it wrong.
No No No … you can’t put the camera strap around your neck with the umbrella on your head! Let’s start again …
After the stumble and bumble I was ready to go except I couldn’t figure out which gloves to wear. Process of elimination pointed to two pair that would work after another stumble and bumble. By this time, I was really examining my head thinking to myself I was truly off my rocker doing this. Finally I was set to go. But, before the first shot I had to decide where to put my lens cap and my camera bonnet. The velcro I applied to my bonnet failed because as soon as the cold air hit the velcro that was supposed to be used to hang from my vest, that velcro fell off. Yep, sure did. And that is when the um cussing began.
Here I am out in a snow storm, with an umbrella on my head that kept slipping off, trying to take shots in a snow storm and keeping my camera dry and trying to figure out how NOT to loose my lens cap or camera bonnet in the snow. C-e-r-t-i-f-i-a-b-l-e. If you don’t know what that means it means NUTS.
My face says it all. Add some favorite four letter words and you get the picture right.
Cell phone rings. It’s hubby. Remember he was napping? He asks me where I am. I did tell him earlier my plans yet he still must be foggy. I told him. He responds, “Don’t you know there is a snow advisory?” I said, “I certainly do, I’m standing out in it.” …. Well, ya gotta live while you can ….
I snapped as fast as I could and I hightailed it back home in a hurry. I really did get some good shots so the effort was really worth it. I’ll have second, maybe even third thoughts about going out in a snowstorm again. What a hassle! And getting dressed for this weather is a two-man operation. Hubby would have had to be napping when I got dressed. I really could have used him.
On a more serious note, it really is a good thing I listen to my “Heart’s Guidance”. If I had chosen to go to Chestnut Ridge Park, a park a frequent often, I would have been caught in a blizzard which stopped traffic for up to 10 hours. It was a huge mess. Snow fell up to 3 inches per hour. Some people never made it home that day. Thank goodness I did!
Photography/ “Certifiable Or Not”/ January 2017©AmyRose
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