Coming up with my 99th post has been very difficult!  For the past several days I have struggled with finding a proper theme, something witty to say, something appropriately commemorative. And last night I even dreamed about the number "99" . First there was Wayne Gretzky (famous Canadian hockey player) and then, sadly, that old camp song nugget, " 99 bottles of beer on the wall, 99 bottles of beer, if one of those bottles should happen to fall, there'll be 98 bottles of beer on the wall." As I woke, I was actually humming this! I even googled "ninety nine". There's a lot of odd things called  '99':  Women Aviationists; a Korean slasher video; a  not so famous rock group....nothing too exciting actually, which is probably a good explanation for why I have had such a time of it! Maybe it's the 33 threes that make up the number that means it's dull and avoid it.

 I live in a picture postcard world these days, and there's no getting around it.
I regularly walk out my door and am immediately awed by what nature has
done during the night.

 There are more than 99 branches on this tree.

This is just one of more than 99 poses that my daughter can strike while she counts how many branches there are.

The snow will likely cause this oak leaf, and 99 million more just like it to finally shake their mortal coils, and fall at last to the ground.

There are at least 99 shades of white and blue and gray and red in this pretty as a picture scene.

I look at this river at least 99 times a day. And I never tire of the view- which changes at least 99 times a day.


The Early Birder said...

Susan..I could certainly live with that view across the water. Lucky you.
What about the 99 photo's you took today!! Cheers FAB.

gardeningAngel said...

What beautiful photos and places to look at! I love the way that you captured the light, and the frost on all of the tree branches. It is a great 99th post, and you should be proud! Kathy

Mary said...

Susan, your images are beautiful. We all cheer for spring and summer color but I appreciate, very much, your 99 shades of winter.

Congratulations on your 99th post. I love your river view.

A human kind of human said...

These photos are stunning. I can hear the silence and get lost in the stillness of them. I do not like extreme cold but I would very much like to spend just one white Christmas in my lifetime. I am about to write my 99th post and I also have no idea what it should be about. I think I will rather concentrate on #10 (lol).

Julie said...

Well done to keep that theme going throughout the entire post!

It really is a winter wonderland, Susan. That photograph of the leaf about to tumble whilst coated with ice and dripping the melts, is incredibly beautiful.

Happy 2010 to you. I wish you health and happiness.

Eve said...

Hi Susan!
This is a great first post for me to comment on! But I want to know what happened to the line "take one down, pass it around, 98 bottles of beer on the wall" ?
Now I'm going to have that song stuck in my head for the rest of the week!! Thanks!
I love your views, not your snow. (I used to live up there near Lake Ontario on the lake effect side!).
Now I must go as I have 98 more posts to check out!

BlossomFlowerGirl said...

A lovley winter snow scene - just like a picture postcard. I like the one of your daughter - the red coat really stands out.
All the best for the new year.
Melbourne Daily Photo

robin andrea said...

It is so beautiful where you live. I love how you see your world.

Lorac said...

You have done great justice to the 99th post. Very beautiful pictures and writeup.

Judy said...

I take it you never watched Get Smart when you were young, then? The love interest was named 99! Max was 86.

Pearl Maple said...

Am a long way from my home in the snowy white north and really enjoyed this series of photos full of fresh clean snow.

Kelly said...

Susan, I loved this post. The photos...and your wit were perfect! I'm lucky--my ADD often makes me oblivious to the obvious. I blew right past my 99th post without noticing! Just as you said, you live in a picture postcard world. It is gorgeous...and you're lucky.

Erica Houskeeper said...

Hi Susan,

These winter shots are so beautiful. The tree photo is very interesting, and the river looks wonderful. Happy New Year!