Project Alicia : Not So Wordless Wednesday: The Twenty Stages of Winter.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Not So Wordless Wednesday: The Twenty Stages of Winter.

It has become apparent to me that I need to recognize the individual stages of winter. Yes, I see 20 distinct stages. Perhaps this is merely my last ditch effort to stay sane until spring makes her debut, but all true nonetheless.

(Disclaimer: Not all photos were taken this year. They are a compilation of several winters here in Iowa, so some may be repeats for you. We are currently experiencing stage 17, the "gross limbo stage". That photo was just snapped this week.)

Stage 1: Magical
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Stage 2: Fresh
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Stage 3: Too Much Snow
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Stage 4: The City is a Sandbox
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Stage 5: Ice
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Stage 6: Making the Most of It
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Stage 7: Blizzards/Blowing Snow
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Stage 8: Post Blizzard
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Stage 9: Labor Intensive
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Stage 10: Fort Building Snow
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Stage 11: A Winter Wonderland
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Stage 12: Too Cold for Anything but Ice Fishing
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Stage 13: Cabin Fever
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Stage 14: Perfect Snowman/Snowball Snow
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Stage 15: Fun
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Stage 16: Indian Summer
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Stage 17: The Gross Limbo
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Stage 18: Melting
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Stage 19: More Snow
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Stage 20: So Over It!
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Mother Nature: Could you please send spring just a little early this year and help a girl out? I would be most appreciative!

Thanks so much for stopping by. If you have a photo to share, just link up below. And make sure to stop by some of these other fab WW blogs.

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P.S. Doing some redecorating here thanks to a mishap. There is also a new button to grab and a name change coming soon, so stay tuned.

And If you want to participate in Project Smile, it will be open until Monday, March 7th at 11:59PM. Just share whatever has made you smile this month.

**Photos property of Alicia Rasmussen and may not be used without permission.**

83 comments:

  1. Beautiful snow pictures Lisha! not so great about the road being closed :(

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  2. What a winter wonderland, but wow, that much snow... BRRR! Great photos, Alicia!

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  3. what a fun series! I have long ago tired of winter.

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  4. wow!!! I cant even imagine! we live in sunny socal where cold is in the 50's. beautiful pictures!

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  5. Love the lovely snow pictures.. especially the one with the life size snowman.

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  6. This is such a great post I have to come back and appreciate it properly.
    Alas, after the freeze and snow comes mud season.

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  7. wow that is a LOT of snow! i love the ice pictures and the "post blizzard" picture. where do you live that its -27 degrees!!! I dont think I've ever experienced temps even close to that low!

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  8. What gorgeous photos! I think I like winter wonderland. What a great post!

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  9. All I can say is WOW...b/c we are complete opposites right now...and I couldn't be happier. :)

    The photos are amazing, tho!

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  10. Gorgeous photo's! Your kids are beautiful, and such fun shots of them! And the snow shots are just stunning!

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  11. Beautiful Snow and family. Lovely photos.
    Thanks for hosting.

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  12. Love these photos but I still have to say that my favorite still remains the fist one. I'm working on redoing my blog....slowly....but it's getting there. Can't wait to see yours!

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  13. I'm jealous as it looks like fun... but then again too much snow for me!

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  14. I liked all the photos but Stage#1 and Stage#11 (WInter wonderland) I found especially appealing.

    :lol: I didn't know you had hills big enough to go sledding in Iowa.

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  15. Love the Winter Wonderland shot -- very pretty!

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  16. great photos! and love your new header! :)

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  17. So much of snow, but I too wish for Spring to see a smile on her face. :)

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  18. Fabulous pictures!!! But looks so cold!!! Fun too though, but cold!
    I'll stick with my 80 degrees temperatures!

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  19. Well, whatever the stage, you've made the most of winter with your camera! Every one of those shots is wonderful!

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  20. I can't believe how much snow you got! That's insane! That's fantastic that you captured all the stages. Lovin' the new look of your blog.

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  21. I can so relate to every single step of the way you have...we have had a bit of Indian summer this week and it is so glorious...but...I KNOW we aren't done yet.
    And...holy cow I guess I haven't been by since you changed your header...oh my goodness your eyes are incredible!!!

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  22. Very jealous of your Winter Wonderland! The 'Gross Limbo'...not so much, lol. LOVE your new header!

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  23. Your photos are beautiful. But they definitely give me a new perspective on our week or so of sub-freezing nightime (only) temperatures in Baton Rouge. Thanks for sharing. . .
    Sandy

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  24. your photos are magical Alicia. Happy WW!

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  25. You certainly make a case for the snowy life though it''''''s so beyond below cold. The ice is so stunning but treacherous. #11 is absolutely beautiful! What a wonderful jigsaw puzzle it would make :)

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  26. I love them! You are such a talented photographer! My fav's were Winter Wonderland, Too cold to do anything and Ready for it to be over!
    Tiffany

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  27. Awesome pictures! I must admit that some of the pictures makes me very happy that I do not have to deal with snow unless I go on vacation to see it.

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  28. This is GREAT!! Love it :)

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  29. Gorgeous pictures!!!! And I love your new header!

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  30. You have some really cool pictures! I'd like to visit, but not live where you live! Sorry, but we were in the 70s today!

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  31. Crazy! Your pictures make MY winter look like a day at the beach. It's absolutely gorgeous, but I would not enjoy it for long.

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  32. I am SO glad winter does not last that long here! We only have snow for about 3-4 months and I am already over it.

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  33. Oh I totally agree about those stages - I hit the 'So Over It' one a while back now. Even so, your photos (almost) make me appreciate the snow again, they're lovely!

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  34. I always like your pics!! Sorry to rub it in via my Wordless about the amazing weather we are having here in FL! Come for a visit and warm up!

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  35. Absolutely LOVE your new header. I think I'm at the last step and I'm totally over this winter!! The breeze coming thru my walls tonight has be completely fed up with the cold.

    Anyhow, I simply adore all of your photos.

    ~Mimi

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  36. i love all ur photos.... and thanks for the linky party :)

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  37. Beautiful photos....that have sent me back in time to when I was a kidlet in upstate NY and all the snow fun I had!! But, gotta admit, I'm glad I'm not doing the non fun stuff in it now that I'm all grown up (well, most of the time ;>)! Great share, loved the progression! :>

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  38. The gross limbo made for an interesting photo though, which makes it worth it, right? ;)

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  39. They are such fabulous pics!

    --TheDramaMama

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  40. What an awesome Wordless Wednesday post, Lish! I don't even think I could pick a favorite out of all of these. These shots are fantastic!

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  41. Alicia, I LOVE the new look -- now your blog is so much easier to read! Great pictures, as always. Adore Stage 11.

    Dagmar

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  42. Wow you really had lots of snow! It looks beautiful! But I´m also desperatly waiting for the spring to come!

    Thanks for your note on Fb. I´ll grab your button in a minute. ;D

    Happy WW!

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  43. oh i could look at your snow pics all day! i esp LOVE the first one and number 11 (winter wonderland?) thanks for sharing!

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  44. Ha! I'm to Stage 20 already. :) And I actually have no right to complain!

    Visiting from Hobo Mama and Natural Parents Network!

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  45. Brrrrr those photos look cold!

    Love the new design amd name for your blog!

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  46. Wow. These are amazing! Love that first one of you.

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  47. I love that first photo of you, so awesome!

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  48. LOVE that first shot of you!!! You look like a winter goddess!

    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner

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  49. These pictures are absolutely gorgeous! I can't decide which I like best. Love the look on your daughter's face of the pic with the skis.

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  50. Great photos. Hope you all get some relief soon. I love your new header. :)

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  51. Beautiful photos. I'm with your daughter and so over it.

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  52. I don't think it's fair to look that good while shoveling snow and sledding. ;)

    Your header photo? There are no words....

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  53. Love the new header! Totally over the snow still threatening us for a few weeks though.

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  54. A bunch of wonderful photos as always! Love all the trees with snow and ice. Winter can be so pretty! I also love your last photo. Your daughter's expression is a real hoot! Happy Wednesday!

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  55. I loved your explanation of the 20 stages of winter. That was so creative, mama! Your pictures are lovely, repeats or not. I think I would die in -27 degree weather. CRAZY COLD!

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  56. My sister keeps trying to convince me since I love snow I need to move to Iowa where she is instead of planning a move back to Washington State where our parents and other siblings are...there really are 20 stages of Winter there, aren't there? LOVED all the shots - perfect representations for sure! :)

    WW: Waiting for Spring

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  57. I love your photos! They are so beautiful, but burrrr they make me cold.

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  58. Such WONDERFUL Photos!!!! Love them!

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  59. That looks about right, if memory serves me correctly. When we lived in New England (we're in Florida now) I remember when it went from magic and wonder to mud and labor. Haha. You did a great job of summarizing!

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  60. okay, i just love them all..
    but lol, it totally shows that i know NOTHING about what is going on...
    What is a Pak Shack?
    wow... beauty and then all the water... ugh.
    at least you get the enjoyment of capturing some amazing shots!

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  61. oooh I love snow! Stage 11 photo is my favourite!

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  62. Love the Winter Wonderland. Your daughter has beautiful eyes too :). Happy WW.

    BK

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  63. It looks so cold but I love that you actually have enough snow to do something. We just get cold and wet. Yuck!

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  64. Great photos! I really like your work. I just used one of your photos (a sunset) in a blog post. It is at wwww.warrenbaldwin.blogspot.com Thanks for permission to use some of them.

    Warren
    Family Fountain

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  65. I definitely fall into the "over it" category pretty quickly during the winter (even now when I don't really experience snow anymore). But I do like the beauty of the snow. I like the "magical" first photo and ice-covered branches the best.

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  66. That is crazy too much snow! I think you need a nice vacation in Hawaii or somewhere else warm! Hoping for and early spring for you!

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  67. What gorgeous photos! I especially like the first one of you and the second one of the playhouse.

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  68. I now how you feel. We have here in Finland still two month for spring time. Winter is beautiful but it too long at least here. I was two weeks vacation in Spain so I had sunshine and saw colors, maybe I have now nerves to wait spring for two months.

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  69. OMG- that is a lot of snow. We live in one of the hottest places in the US & are thinking about moving to a place that gets about as much snow as your photos- they sure gave me a glimpse into what my life would be like :) I love that shot of the swingset

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  70. Beautiful shots. Snow always looks picturesque when it's new. Thanks for hosting.

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  71. Yep. I'm in the "so over it" stage. Luckily I *think* we're finished! *fingers crossed*

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  72. Just discovered you - came over via a link from Tonya at Letters for Lucas.

    Amazing photos. We hardly get any snow, but I love how you've captured all these stages. So true!

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  73. Wonderful pictures!! I wish we had snow closer to where we live!

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  74. Wow! Who knew there could be so many stages! O.o

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  75. OK, BRRR! I won't complain about our week of snow this year! :)

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  76. What a great series of photos! Love it!

    Dallas
    azhita.blogspot.com

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  77. holy crow. Stage 11. Gorgeous!!!

    love these pics.

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  78. Crikey...doubt you'll ever get to read this comment as I am SO far down the list. Should have commented a whole lot earlier!!!!

    But I just wanted to say how BEE-UUUTI-FUL all that snow seems to someone who never really gets to experience a winter that's anything but rain and gale force winds. So I know you're VERY over it..but it is still stunning and breathtakingly beautiful to me.

    And if you need some inspiration of what you can look forward to in the summer since we're still warm down under in NZ, you can check out my linky...way down in number 144 though!

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  79. Beautiful photos! Especially loved the tree ones with all the texture.

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  80. Love your photography and your blog!

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  81. Found your blog from your profile on one of MckMama's forum discussions. I live in MN, and I hate the snow from December 26th on. Has this winter been taking forever or what?

    It was kind of funny reading your post... I actually felt sick looking at the first few pictures of snow there, thinking of a whole winter ahead. LOL!

    I think summer needs to come.

    Great blog!

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