Do You Wish For a Vacation About Now?


So do you want to vacation here?????

As much as I will miss the cozy comfort of a Western New York winter and swoon over photographing snow scene pictures at this time of year, I am so appreciative to take a trip and wear a pair of flip-flops tomorrow. Way better than the 20-minute dressing of mittens, snow pants, hat, scarf, and boots. I love snow, but having a sun and ocean break will be great. I am headed to Maui tomorrow and hope to do some things I did not get the chance to do last year.

Tree-tops-in-Ice You must think I am nuts being in this 0°F weather, but it is truly invigorating if dressed for it. We are still in this frigid weather of the week past. Snow and ice, I hope the plane gets off the ground ON TIME!

How about the crazy battle of naming storms?

Remember I did a post on it, So What Snow Storm Is It This Week?

Well, Fox News’ Shep Smith got in on the fun of naming storms and went after NBC and the Weather Channel saying they don’t own the storms, so how do they get to name them? Smith named this snow storm after The Simpsons cartoon character, Duffman. This storm is now known as Winter Storm Duffman, not Olympia like the Weather Station named it.

“With that indisputable fact available and known to all, our frenemies at NBC and it’s weather channel began naming winter storms in October of 2012, naming what they do not own,” Smith said. “Who died and gave NBC naming rights to weather events?”


Below, the child was having her own little snow battle, throwing ice at the trees to cause an avalanche of falling ice for her father to video. He should have been a bit more concerned for the kid because when the ice comes down, so do huge branches. He should have realized trees were splitting and falling all around us. That is why these areas are fenced off from tourists. No one wants to be beaned by a falling 8″OD tree branch. The trees always win this battle.


This guy below got pelted with ice bombs too. He was in a restricted area.


In the woods surrounding the Falls, the trees rarely get iced. Here are a few shots of the peaceful, winter-loving critters. I wonder if they care if the storm is named after a beer.


Every time I take off to warmer climates, I like to show some cardinals. They are my happy bird. I just wish they would smile and wish me happy trails.

Lady-cardinal Lady-Cardinal-0

Next post will have me 35,000 feet in the air if we get to take off tomorrow. With WiFi, I hope to post on Surviving a Long Flight.  My husband stays home to shovel the driveway, while Barbara and I will land in Maui that night. Oh, to have my feet in warm sand…


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21 Responses to Do You Wish For a Vacation About Now?

  1. Maria F. says:

    You’re going to have a great time time Donna, I’m looking forward to your spring also in N.Y..

  2. Beautiful winter shots and Bon Voyage.

  3. Oh, that sounds great, Donna! Enjoy yourself and stay safe!
    Going from snow to hot sand… must be some experience.
    and yes, I am wishing for vacation [as I have for years now] – maybe this year… 🙂

  4. Enjoy! Safe travels Donna….snow, ice and rain here today so I think a vacation from it all is perfect!

  5. I look forward to your photos in every post. Beautiful. Have a wonderful trip!

  6. I hope the weather clears for you. Have a great trip!

  7. johnvic8 says:

    Great pictures, Donna. Have a safe trip.

  8. swo8 says:

    Lots of pictures please, Donna. If we can’t be there with you we want to at least dream about the lovely Maui. Bonne voyage.

  9. Beautiful images! Enjoy the beach 🙂

  10. Charlotte says:

    Wishing you a perfect vacation! Safe travels!

  11. Ludwig says:

    Gorgeous photography. Yes, it entices with refreshingly clean scenes.

  12. bittster says:

    Enjoy your trip, I’m happy to see you returning to the warm shores of Maui and I hope you love the visit and share plenty when you return!

  13. Wonderful photos. We have heard about the storms here in New Zealand. I hated winter with children in Austria. I used to put hot water bottles in their prams. Not to mention the hours spent getting them dressed so that you could hardly see them.

  14. I enjoyed your winter photos and your text a lot. Thank you! And now I would like to wish you a safe flight to Maui and a very nice, relaxing but also inspiring time there! Till soon! Would be fine if you had Wi-Fi to post while you’re on the way, Donna.

  15. Lovely photos of the Cardinals! Have a great trip, Donna. To answer your question, yes, I’m ready for a warm vacation. It will have to wait until early March, when I’ll be off to San Diego. Yay!

  16. You’re gonna have “Fun, Fun, Fun” Enjoy it to the max.

  17. I love snow scenes…particularly when I’m inside. We just got back from the Dominican Republic and now i’ll have to wait for spring.

  18. aussiebirder says:

    Great shots of the cold landscape Donna! My wife has been saying she wants to go to Maui since I told her of the wetlands boardwalk there you blogged last year. We hope to get there in the next few years, after we finish exploring our own huge country. Have a lovely time away!

  19. You make a winter scene look like so inviting! Love the branches of trees when coated with fresh snow.

  20. Safe travels and have fun! A great place to go for a winter break.
    Your icy photos are beautiful as well as your cardinals. I never get tired of them.

  21. I have vacation time in Orlando (anxious to spend time poolside) coming in March, your photos do look really cold.

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