One word photo challenge.
This is a sassafras tree Shaan and I planted in the backyard about 10 years ago. He brought it home one day from kindergarten. He was excited because he had just learned about native trees and why we should plant them instead of the invasive European and Asian trees that some people prefer. The sassafras is native to New Jersey.
The tree has grown over the years. From a small six inch “twig” it has grown to the second level of the house. Shaan can see it from his bedroom window but it is planted right under Kiran’s bedroom window.
“Sassifrasi”– that’s the trees nickname — lost some limbs during the last hurricane but it otherwise very health. Today the freezing rain has turn it into a sort of crystal chandelier.
My wife and my son love the change of the seasons. I love it too but there is one season I despise. Winter! Brr! Here’s why.
- It’s pitch black outside by 5 PM (EST). I get up in the dark and get home in the dark. Ugh!
- I have darker skin. Endless days of grey and darkness leads to vitamin deficiency. I have to pop vitamin pills to stay healthy.
- The cold. I will now be confined to living rooms, the insides of offices, and cafes, and other stuffy spaces.
- I can’t wear shorts and t-shirts anymore. See number 3 above for why.
- Shoveling snow. It might be fun to toss around snowballs and make snow men but shoveling two feet of snow from a driveway, walkway and steps is NOT fun.
- Driving in snow, sleet, ice, slush etc. Ever hit a patch of ice while driving down the road at rush hour? Ever lose control of your car and go sliding into a tree or worse, another car. Ever slip on a patch of ice on the sidewalk and fall on your ass?
- Flu season. Every fracking year.
- Winter clothes are pieces of suck. In the winter I generate enough static electricity to charge an iPhone. It’s very difficult to give myself an insulin injection through a thick sweater. My shoes get damaged from wet slushy salt that then dries and cracks the sides and soles of my shoes. It’s very difficult to use a camera when it’s freezing outside.
- It’s all grey. Nothing grows. No green. Just grey skies, grey dirt, grey … it all looks like death and decay.
- Lack of outdoor photographic opportunities. Winter gives me few choices for outdoor photography all of which need me to wear bulky winter clothes and brave the ice cold weather.
I made this yesterday for breakfast. I blended spinach, cantaloupe, and grapes in my Vitamix with some ice. Delicious.
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