Friday, February 3, 2012

Pic Today 2/3/12


HERE'S HOPING
"PUNXSUTAWNEY PHIL" IS RIGHT

Groundhog Day came and went,
and the holiday's official groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil,
"saw his shadow" and retreated into his hole . . .
which means "6 more weeks of winter."

Let's hope so!

It's been near 70˚ all week here,
we've hardly had any snow
and the crocus are already coming up.
It's too warm here in the Midwest,
and we'll take 6 more weeks of winter.
(Please!)

German tradition holds that if the sun
comes out on Candlemas,
the precursor to Groundhog Day,
the hedgehog (or badger) will see its shadow
and 6 more weeks of winter will follow.
When German settlers came to Pennsylvania
they continued this tradition,
using groundhogs instead of hedgehogs
to predict the weather.

The first official Groundhog Day was celebrated
on February 2, 1886 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.

PHOTO: Courtesy The Punxsutawney Spirit Newspaper


5 comments:

  1. Oh those Germans! I love their traditions. It's only February and already we are using airconditioning here.

    Punxsutawnay Phil sure is old, :) Maybe it was not his shadow he saw, maybe he really can't see? Heheh.

    I am studying some fantastic book photographs sent by someone wonderful! Thank you. :)

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  2. I always learn something when I visit your blog, Rick. That's why I like so much coming here!Have a great weekend, dear friend.xx

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  3. Hermosa tradición el día de la marmota, a ver si se cumple su pronóstico y son seis semanas más de invierno. Un abrazo Rick

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  4. Poor hedgehog just wants to sleep a bit more :)) Well, it's snowing like crazy in my hometown, and it's been extremely cold outside for the past few weeks. Leaving your cap home equals suicide at the moment....so we're staying home a lot.
    But don't worry, the hedgehog has "spoken", you'll have your winter :)
    have a great, snowy Fabruary!
    A.

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