Winter in Old City Philadelphia

February 7, 2014 — It’s been a brutally cold, snowy winter across most of the United States, but the weather has provided many opportunities to take beautiful photos of landscapes, and Old City Philadelphia is high on that list.

Independence Hall, the place where the Declaration of Independence was signed, is across the street from the building where I work.

Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed, is across the street from the building where I work.

Independence Mall, the three-block area surrounding Independence Hall, is also known as Independence National Park

Independence Mall, the three-block area surrounding Independence Hall, is also known as Independence National Park.

The trees and a Colonial Street lamp covered in snow inside Independence Mall.

The trees and  Colonial street lamp make it difficult to know if this photo was taken 200 years ago or today. 

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This particular tree almost has a camouflage look, doesn’t it? 

A statue of John Barry, an officer in the Navy during the American Revolution, sits in the center of Independence Mall.

A statue of John Barry, a Naval Officer during the American Revolution, sits in the center of the park.

Washington Square, across from Independence Mall, is one of five original open space parks in center city Philadelphia, laid out by William Penn in 1682.

Washington Square, across from Independence Mall, is one of five original open space parks in center city Philadelphia laid out by William Penn in 1682.

Snow Day

January 22, 2014 – One of the benefits of my job is the ability to work from home. When the latest snowstorm blanketed Philadelphia yesterday, I sat at my desk by the window overlooking my neighbor’s home feeling warm and cozy, and sipping a mug of peppermint tea.

Working from home also provided an opportunity for a unique lunch break. I added a few warm layers, put on the boots, and I went out to play in the snow with my trusty Canon. No one had shoveled yet, so the snow lay on the sidewalks untouched, the way I like it best.

It’s silent when it snows; you don’t even hear the cars passing by. It’s also tricky; it may look light and fluffy but it is slick, proving it may be best to stay inside and enjoy a cup of tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich for lunch instead.

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Winter in the city

January 20, 2014 — I took a winter’s stroll through the woods across the street from my home early Saturday morning. It snowed like crazy for 10 minutes before the sun came out, and then it was gone.

I’ve never been much for poetry unless there’s music behind the words and it becomes a song, but I like the rhythm of a haiku. Here’s my humble attempt to capture that moment with a few photos and a haiku.

As the city slept
Snow fell soft and thick until
The sun erased it

I love trees. In the winter they look so strangely artistic standing naked in front of the world.

There is something artistic about naked trees.

I came upon a birdhouse during my stroll.

Along the way I found a bird house.

Nearly all the trees and bushes were bare, except for this one with a few green leaves clinging to life

The trees and bushes were bare, yet a few green leaves still clung to life.