Retrospective twenty-four (February 2014)

Given the way in which blogs are presented, I am convinced that posts which reside more than a scroll or two behind the most recent are doomed to languish and to be forgotten. Because I believe there is value in looking at contributions from days, weeks, and even months ago, I present here a gallery of images presented during February of 2014. Perhaps it will be interesting to scroll through these and to compare them to those presented during this past month. Be patient, it may take several minutes for all of the images to load fully. Hovering over an image will reveal its title. Clicking one will take you to a carousel view and you can either move through the collection or click the links to read each post in its original form. This is the twenty-fourth in my series of retrospectives. You may find interest in taking a look at the retrospective from two years ago and if you missed any of the others, you can find them all by clicking Retrospective in the tag cloud in the sidebar.

14 thoughts on “Retrospective twenty-four (February 2014)

  1. Just checked back to see if there was anything new from you and noticed I’d missed this one. The water–right–last year it gave you quite a rough time, didn’t it. I’m assuming that things are better these days.
    Now, water leads me to thoughts of drought. California is getting that right now. That, in turn leads me to our situation. Last year was a bad one for sea-ice and this year is even worse. We are an island and the two major ferry routes, the one from Port Aux Basques to Sydney NS (the main one) and the smaller one from St. Barbe to Blanc Sablon (connecting us to Labrador and upper Quebec) are both struggling with major pack ice driven and piled up by relentless wind. The smaller ice breakers could do nothing with it and, so, three of the larger ones are working away. It’s mostly useless, though, as as fast as they can push through the strong wind just piles it back up. Some stores are feeling the pinch now as those ferries carry the 18-wheelers that supply much of the Island. It’s by no means desperate but still, a reminder of how we are an island.
    Finally that leads me t simplistic thinking and how it can be so deadly wrong. The cold weather and prevalence of ice is taken by many as a sign that there’s no climate change. No further can they be from the truth. The warming ocean is intensifying some s\currents, including the Labrador Current which washes right along Labrador, Newfoundland and Maine. Simply put, as Earth warms up, we cool down–at least for a while.
    As I write this high winds are blowing hail against my window. Spring is still a way out.

    • You paint a cold and isolated image Maurice. But, rest assured, warmer temperatures are on the way. We had significant ice accumulations in the rivers and streams and we were worried that the thaw would come quickly and result in ice dams and lots of flooding. That didn’t eventuate as the thaw was gradual and all is well. We are now well into mud season. All but the very last bits of snow have melted and I anticipate the greening of pastures and hay fields. At least I am hoping for grassy pastures as we are almost out of hay and the lambs are expected to arrive any day now. Remind me where you are … in the North near Gander … or in the South new St. John’s?

      • Glad to hear that spring is coming. What we have is nothing terribly unusual. The Labrador current is what it is 🙂 It also brings the icebergs and they’ll be along in late May. Just this morning we had reports of a polar bear out by the Hibernia oil production platform–see here:
        As for my location I’m on a cul de sac that is actually the highest inhabited place in the Greater St. John’s area. Technically I live in the Municipality of Mount Pearl but the easement behind my house (thankfully with trees on it) is the boundary between Mt. Pearl and St. John’s.
        In a non-related way, just yesterday a member of the provincial legislative assembly rose in the house and asked government why NL was not pursuing more work toward the development of sheep farming in this place. I think that person is quite on the right track for a whole host of reasons: economic development, food security, availability of huge tracts of appropriate land and so on. Of course, in our current petro-state that will only happen with significant government assistance in the form of low interest development loans and tax breaks. What say you about the viability of sustainable sheep farming? Just kidding–that’s what your blog is mostly about.

        • Your comment about sustainable sheep farming is a good one. The balance of that equation is entirely dependent upon the availability of summer forage and one’s ability to put up enough hay for the long, cold, winter. I assume pasture-land is in ample supply but what about large plots in which hay could be grown and harvested?

  2. Great combination – I remember these ice structures, the ‘chocolate fountain’, and the animals… one of your best retrospectives!! Again, putting these different images side-by-sides adds something to them!

  3. Another vote here for the goat image. Always my favorite farm animal….each one bursting with a unique personality. I miss them so much! You capture their curiosity and gregariousness perfectly.

  4. Of course I like “On the cutting room floor”, but my favorite would be “Missing the kids”. The play of light and shadow is excellent and the one kid spotlighted is really an attention getter. If this were hanging in a room full of other images I am sure it would draw everyone’s glance.

  5. I know the calendar says March and that February is finally gone, but it still seems as if spring will never come. Can’t believe you will have new lambs in a few weeks! I remember your water woes last winter. No fun. The Amish clothes line was lovely to see again. And the baby goats spectacular. If I had a huge house with blank walls, these images would surely grace them!

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