Post Holiday Snaps

A few snaps from today’s errand run. It felt nice to get out of the house and breathe some fresh air after a weekend full of indoor holiday festivities. Did you get in a ride today?

The Enchanted Forest
The Enchanted (Suburban Oak) Forest

Lady of the Lake
Lady of the Lake

All Lines & Angles
Lines (and angles) at the Grocery Store

Running Errands
Happy Trails

32 Responses to “Post Holiday Snaps”

  • brad says:

    mmmm, great photos as usual, but what really stands out for me is the lovely green grass! We won’t see that where I live until late April. Sometimes I really think I should move out West…

  • Alan says:


    It’s sort of counter-intuitive, but here in NorCal, everything is dry and brown all summer, then our wild grasses sprout green in December and January. It’ll be nice like this until late spring when everything will go brown again.

    Are you buried under snow right now where you’re at?


  • dW says:

    Sigh, I’m with Brad…it looks so lush and green there! My ride this morning included a view of an ice fishing “village” on an inlet just off Lake Michigan. Plenty of ice, a little snow and definitely not a blade of green grass.

  • Pete says:

    Ha! 2 feet of snow here! I have the week off, and was hoping to get in some riding, but it looks pretty doubtful now…

  • Alan says:

    Sorry guys. If it’s any consolation, you can think about us in July/August when it’s 110F here… :-)


  • townmouse says:

    Been out most days but not today (on the bike anyway). Had a Christmas eve morning coffee run with my sister-in-law, Christmas day ride just to work off the cinnamon rolls, and another boxing day coffee run. Despite this, all my trousers have *still* unaccountably shrunk…

  • Alan says:


    “Despite this, all my trousers have *still* unaccountably shrunk…”

    LOL.. I know the feeling! We have so many leftovers and sweets around I hardly know which way to turn. Good thing it’s only once or twice a year!

  • Bob C says:

    Brad, I am out west (central WA state), but will not see green grass until mid- to late-April. Perhaps the icy roads will be gone sooner (heavy sigh).

    And Alan, it will be over 100°F in July/August here.

    We get the extremes of both seasons.

  • Alan says:

    @Bob C

    “We get the extremes of both seasons.”

    I’m sorry… :-(

  • kanishka new england says:

    luckily got in a ride before blizzard hit. cars the last two days though ):. hopefully back to biking when i get back home.

  • Alan says:


    Best of luck with the blizzard and stay safe!


  • Ron Callahan says:

    Oh. So. Jealous. Looks so beautiful there.

    It didn’t get much above 30 today in our part of Ohio. Much too cold.

  • Alan says:

    Hi Ron,

    We were fortunate to have a beautiful day today, but the clouds are already rolling in. It’s supposed to be pouring the next couple of days.

    Stay warm…


  • RDW says:

    Supposed to warm up into the 30s later this week, if it doesn’t rain too much I hope to get in a few rides before real winter sets back in here. In the mean time I have a cup of hot spiced apple cider with a cinnamon stick, a good book, and a Scottish Terrier keeping my feet warm so I’m not complaining about the weather.

  • Steve Butcher says:

    I did get in a ride today! I rode back to my office after lunch. The weather, for a change, was beautiful; about 40 degrees, sunny, and just a slight breeze. The ride home after dark was especially nice. Looks like this week, there may be more days like this, but there may be rain and snow for New Years. You never know in S.W. Missouri!

  • Alan says:


    That sounds pretty great!

  • Fergie348 says:

    RITW today, late morning was quite a bit foggier near the SF bay than shown in Alan’s pics. Can’t complain, though. 55 and foggy beats 25 and snowing any day in my book.

  • Garth says:

    Some grasses in those climates go dormant during the hottest and driest parts of the year. Summer can be hard on grasses. They green up when it gets cooler and they get some water.

    Biking in snow out here in Illinois right now. Some of the cool season grasses are still green, but we won’t see them for a while :) Course, we have a prairie instead of a boring lawn, and those grasses, in all the splendor of their dormant colors, are still visible and providing a lot of winter interest.

    I particularly like the grocery store lines picture, shooting up from the ground. Interesting angles.


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  • Jen says:

    We snuck in 2 rides in Moab. Now the snow is finally coming.

  • John says:

    In Ireland we have had two Tranches of bad Snowy Weather over the last few weeks. We got Snow for a Week then an extremely slow Thaw which took a Week, then a break for a Week with mild but very Cold Weather then another Belt of Freezing Cold Snow for Christmas Week.

    I fell twice on my Dutch Bike in the bad Weather and I just gave up using the Bike during trhe Snowy period.

    Now however on the 27th all the Snow has gone with only the remnants of pieces of slushy Ice at the side of Roads and on Bike Paths. So I made my first Sortie on my Surly LHT after the Christmas Festival at 3.00pm Suffering from Cabin Fever I needed to go for a Spin. I went off to Howth Village 10 KM or 7 miles on the Coastal Bike Path, there was loads of Joggers and Walkers and Dog Walkers Happy to get out of the House the same as me as well as a few Cyclists mostly on Road Bikes.

    It was marvellous with the Rain in my Face and a Sea Breeze coming from the right ,I cycled into the Darkening Gloom. My Specs kept Fogging up from the Rain and every so often I gave them a wipe with my Fingers. There was the occasional bit of Ice on the Ground that was hard to see because of the Gloom and the Rain.

    I took the long way Home keeping to the Cycleway back to Clontarf and then Home a distance all told of 30KM or 20 Miles Invigorating. This Bike is new and it was good to put it through its paces ,very Smooth Cycling.

  • Adam W says:

    Great photos as usual…I’m already enjoying my EcoVelo calendar!

  • Alan says:


    That sounds like a wonderful ride and a nice way to put a new bike through its paces. Thanks for sharing.


  • Alan says:

    @Adam W

    Thanks for the kind words, Adam.


  • John says:

    Sorry Alan I forgot to complement you on your Pictures,the Colours are very vibrant. The Greens hit you in the face and the scenery is spectacular. I just love the Bike,the Red Colour is beautiful.

    All my Bikes, I seem to be fated to have Black Bikes with one of them that is Silver. The Surly I would have preferred Bottle Green but this Year 2010 they are in either Black or Blue so I chose Black as I did not like the Blue. The other Bike’s I have, The Dutch Azor is Black, The Brompton Folding Bike is Black, now this Surly is Black, the Dawes Audax is Silver.

  • Alan says:


    Thanks a lot, John.

    I like black bikes too and I’ve owned a few over the years. Their stealthy nature is good for locking on the street because they don’t attract much attention. The only problem for the blog is that they don’t photograph quite as well as vividly colored bikes.

    Take care,

  • kanishka new england says:

    yeah the enchanted forest is quite cool.

    other random thought, with regards to sacremento. my dad is going out there soon, for all of us readers, it woudl be cool if you set up some sort of souvenir for people who got out to sacremento. maybe a “i was in sacremento with ecovelo” sort of theme, available only through some local bike shop there

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  • Melvin Hughes, Jr. says:

    I envy you the clear roads and actual greenery! We are just beginning to thaw out from last weekends snowstorm.

  • marty says:

    I want to live where you are. We just got 2 feet of snow in NJ. I am proud of my 5350 miles for the yr but was hoping to hit 5400.

  • dwainedibbly says:

    Great photos, as usual, Alan. I was very much into photography years ago and you are motivating me to get back into it in a more serious way very soon. Thank you for that.

    Do I recall a post where you stated that one of your cameras is a Canon G11? I have the same camera. Clearly my problem is with a nut loose behind the viewfinder. :)

  • Alan says:


    Hey, thanks.

    The shots above were taken with my trusty old G10, which I absolutely love as an everyday, walk/ride-around snap shooter. When I’m in a more “serious” mode (it never gets that serious), I use my 50D and a small selection of fast primes (50/1.4, 85/1.8, 100/2.8 macro).

    About the nut loose behind the viewfinder, I have a few loose screws and I’ve never let it stop me… :-)

    Happy new year!

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