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FROM READERS: Wind and snow, warmly photographed from inside

By John Hall/Missourian Reader
December 22, 2012 | 3:01 p.m. CST
Reader John Hall shared this picture of sideways precipitation.

John Hall frequently photographs his mid-Missouri surroundings, and he has been sharing his images with the Missourian for several years.

It was beginning to look a lot like Christmas around 48 hours ago. From rather balmy temperatures at bed time the winds blew out of Nebraska and Kansas into Missouri and quickly the rain turned to snow by early morning. Miss Banshee, in her nearly 15 years of life, has developed a love for cold weather and snow and the more the better. She awoke Thursday morning excited about the prospects of building a snow dog until I informed her she was staying inside. She protested but understood that with an ACL she blew out a couple of weeks ago the only way she was going outside was if her buddy, me, carried her and I informed her that with 50 mph winds and snow that neither of us would be venturing outside.

So, the initial photos taken were from the back door and the front door, to show Banshee that the white stuff was really coming down, but side ways.

As the morning progressed the big lens was placed on a tripod and photos were shot from the comfort of the basement. What was sacrificed by taking photos through a glass storm door was compensated by staying warm.

Breakfast with the "old folks" at the supermarket this morning evoked a comment from a young lady who works there. She puts up with my grandson and this old guy each Saturday morning. Her observation was that every time photos are transmitted I mention how bad they are. I do that for a reason, they aren't that good. However, this time around I'm changing my stance on the subject of good and bad. They are aren't all that bad considering the circumstances under which they taken. How about that Miss Emily?

These photos were taken through a glass door at objects on the outside attempting to withstand blizzard conditions: They are pretty obviously Mexican pottery, squirrels, Cardinals, Red Belly Flickers (woodpeckers), Downy Woodpecker and a Carolina Wren in photo. Why that Carolina Wren would want to be in Missouri is a question you'd have to ask of it.

Merry Christmas.

If you can't see the slideshow embedded above, view it on Flickr here.

This story is part of a section of the Missourian called From Readers, which is dedicated to your voices and your stories. We hope you'll consider sharing. Here's how. Supervising editor is Joy Mayer.