Little Tuffy Explores the Arctic: Discovers Backyard Winter Wonderland

Little Tuffy Explores the Arctic: Discovers Our Backyard Winter Wonderland

After having been stranded inside during Chicago’s bitter cold weather that accompanied the past week’s massive snowstorms, little Tuffy finally ventured outside today to explore the Arctic and see what “Chiberia” was really like. Amazing…the backyard had been transformed into a snowy winter wonderland!

Little Tuffy Explores the Arctic: Discovers Our Backyard Winter Wonderland

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White: A Holiday Winter Wonderland

White: A Holiday Winter Wonderland

Photography by: Joseph O. Holmes, NYC

White is a beautiful three-minute black-and-white short film by Luxembourg filmmaker Vitùc, with background music by Max Richter. White is full of wonderful inspirational imagery of a lot of snow, a lot of fun, peace and pleasure. Even if it’s raining and quite warm outside where you live, this little film is sure to make you feel like it’s beginning to be a “White Christmas.” Here’s wishing you and your family a happy holiday season!

White: A Holiday Winter Wonderland

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Massive Snowstorm Batters Chicago: The Chicago Blizzard of 2011

Massive Snowstorm Batters Chicago: The Chicago Blizzard of 2011

Chicago is a city that prides itself on its ability to conquer any snowstorm that comes its way, but it woke up on Wednesday to discover that hundreds of people had been trapped by a massive blizzard for hours along a prominent roadway that runs smack through the heart of the city.  Among the scenes described by those who spent most or all of the harrowing night on Lake Shore Drive: Frustrated drivers trying to unclog the roads by pushing stuck and abandoned cars through snow-filled exit ramps; a band of passengers crowded inside one Chicago Transit Authority bus, deciding after five hours to make a run for it (many were forced to turn back); people who ventured out, perhaps from their homes along Lake Shore Drive, to deliver cereal bars, water and Gatorade to those who had been stranded.

Cold winds were part two of the brutal storm system that stranded motorists, caused power outages, forced the cancelation of thousands of flights and closed down schools across the region, including Chicago schools for the first time since 1999.  On Wednesday, winds of up to 70 mph had whipped up around about 20.2 inches of snow, creating high drifts and some whiteout conditions that made driving hazardous. Thursday’s sub-zero temperatures were expected to add a different layer of misery for commuters.

At 7 a.m. on Thursday, the temperature at O’Hare International Airport was zero with a wind chill of 11 below.  Wind chills were expected to plumet to 20 below by early afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. Under such conditions, frostbite can develop within 30 minutes, officials said.  Emergency personnel worked overnight to clear Lake Shore Drive of the large number of abandoned vehicles and huge mounds of snow, according a spokesman for Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications.

The Chicago Blizzard of 2011

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Slide Show: The Chicago Blizzard of 2011

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New York’s Blizzard of 2010

New York’s Blizzard of 2010

Here’s the moody, brilliantly-shot meditation on a buried city that’s being called Oscar-worthy by Roger Ebert.  The video was shot by filmmaker Jamie Stuart in Queens, New York, during the snowstorm on the night of the 26th.  Like the video itself, the title, Idiot with a Tripod, is an homage to the 1929 silent film Man With a Movie Camera.

New York’s Blizzard of 2010

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It’s a Winter Wonderland: Happy Holidays!

It’s a Winter Wonderland: Happy Holidays!

Photography by:  Joseph O. Holmes, NYC

It’s a Winter Wonderland: Happy Holidays!

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Little Alma: An Unexpectedly Ghoulish Holiday Film!

Little Alma: An Unexpectedly Ghoulish Holiday Film!

Alma is an award winning 5-minute short animation that’s a delightful, but very creepy little film.  In this wintry Christmas-like film, the little girl Alma skips her merry way through the snow-covered streets of a small, quaint village.  Attracted to a strange life-like doll in an antique doll shop window, Anna finds herself drawn into the shop like a moth to a flame.  Now, I won’t tell you what actually happens inside of that dark and scary store, but let’s just say that things don’t work out too well for the shop’s cute little dolls!

Little Alma: An Unexpectedly Ghoulish Holiday Film!

(Most Fun to Watch in Full-Screen Mode)

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The Beautiful First Snow of Winter

A Beautiful Winter Snow Garden

Photography by: Joseph O. Holmes, NYC

The Beautiful First Snow of Winter

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