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Christmas 2004

Christmas 2004 in Cincinnati Ohio, Covington Kentucky, and Falmouth Kentucky was cold but white. An ice and snow storm came though the area a few days before Christmas and temperatures stayed so low that the ice on the threes did not melt even with direct sun light.

The trip was a very good one for me because I had the opportunity to spend so much time with a friends and family. As shown in the pictures below I saw a large number of friends and relatives.

(December 24, 2004 to December 27, 2004)

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By the time I got my luggage and my parents picked me up from the airport it was about 4 AM December 24th. On the drive to their home I saw this fountain and wanted to take a picture. A picture of the Ohio river taken from the Kentucky side just south of Cincinnati Ohio. We stopped along highway 27 a few miles north of Falmouth to take this picture. Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky got mainly snow, but, further south there was lots of ice. In this picture the grass and trees are all covered in about 1/4 inch of ice. A close up of the ice covered grass. My question is do the cows graze on this grass when it is ice covered?
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My parents waiting for me to finish taking pictures. Every branch and twig covered in ice. My parents.
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Everyone seems to like this picture. But, I can't help but see the error in the image. It seems that the image sensor in the camera was seeing so much light that a large number of pixels saturated at maximum along the vertical axis of the sun. The ice put a abnormally high load on trees. This one was damaged in the storm and the rest of the tree needed to be taken down. My brother in-law Todd was helping out when I arrived in town. Timber!
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Todd turns around to me and says, were outa here.
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On to the next problem for Todd. These two city of Falmouth employees were working to restore power to a single family home that had it's service disconnected by a falling tree. This picture was taken looking up the street of the previous pictures. Ice and snow every were. Note that this was a day or two after the snow and ice fell. Falmouth's sewage treatment plant.
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An overly aggressive driver thought he could drive down to the sewer plant and get back up the hill. Lucky for him when he started to slide he did not slide into the culvert by just a few inches. Christmas Eve dinner at the "adults table". Christmas Eve toast at the "kids table". Dad taking a picture of me taking a picture. Reminds me a little of the Microsoft image used at Slashdot.
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Cole opening up his Legos. My Mom and Dad laughing about their Grandma and Grandpa key chains. My Mom, Cole's "Nana" opens a necklace. Cole helps Nana put on the necklace.
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Brigitte. Ariel laughing almost uncontrollably. Cole looking at his new recycle truck.
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Ariel and Bogie. Mac opening up a gift. Mac realizes I'm taking a picture of him. Mac coming to get me for taking a picture.
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The weather out side on Christmas day. Snow, ice, blue skies, clouds, and very cold temperatures. The ice on the trees has been around for days. Aunt Karen and Uncle Mike. Grandpa Lonnemann.
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Grandma Lonnemann. Julia Staat. Chris Staat. A painting my Uncle Tom Blom did.
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I included this picture because I thought it was interesting how the dog, Elvis, was caught standing on two legs.

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The pictures in this gallery were taken with a Nikon D70 Digital SLR camera. Any use of these pictures without permission from the photographer is strictly prohibited. Email me to request permission to use any of these pictures or if you would like a higher resolution version.

Last updated: 1/4/05