The day after Christmas is know as "Boxing Day" in England and that or the more generic "boxes" is the header theme. I will leave it to Mac to give the official description of Boxing Day in the UK. But part of the tradition involves boxes of food and gifts for the less well off. The same happens here. The US Marines collect and distribute Toys for Tots. The Boy Scouts in our area do a food drive the week before Thanksgiving. We support these efforts and occasionally drop off food at the local community food bank. And so a box of boxes (and some cans) of food were dropped off at the food bank earlier this week in honor of the British tradition of Boxing Day!
Boxes also played a part in our own family tradition of exchanging gifts. We are not traveling this Christmas, so with the help of the US Postal Service boxes of gifts were sent to our family scattered across this USA. We also received some boxes from across the USA, which were put under the tree. They have now been open and we are enjoying the contents. Thanks all. The rest of the post is just having fun with camera and gift boxes we have to use on a future Christmas.
This post is not so much about cloud formations as it is about what forms in the clouds this time of year in our part of the world. Sunday we got about 8 inches (20 mm) of snow. Tuesday we got another few inches. Our winter weather is determined by which way the wind blows. If it blows from Canada we get cold and sometimes the moisture makes it across the mountains and we get snow. If the wind blows from Florida, we get warm. This time the wind blew from Canada all the way to Texas and the Gulf of Mexico, picked up a load of moisture and did a U-turn around the mountains and north up the coast. These storms left slippery roads and closed airports over a wide area. Some power outages in the DC, Maryland and Virginia area were caused by falling branches.
I joined the Header Challenge team in November. We post a new header each week on a suggested theme. Imac is the founder and head of the team. The members vote for best header and the winner gets the gold. The links above will take you to the other participants.
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I am retired, married to a smart, talented lady who once thought we computer people were geeks and now is one of us geeks. I have a long time interest in photography. We live in Maryland, about 50 miles from Washington, DC.
My main camera is a Nikon D3100 with two zoom lenses (18-55 and 55-200).
[Portrait by Marianne Oct 2, 2010]