Monday, February 2, 2009

Groundhog Day

I woke up this morning feeling pretty good....
had won the Super Bowl...and I turned on the TV
to catch the latest news.

It was 7:30 and the broadcast was from Gobblers Knob. The world's
most famous groundhog was about to predict the weather .
Punxsutawney Phil emerged just after dawn in front
of an estimated 13,000 witnesses, many dressed in
black and gold to celebrate the
Pittsburgh Steelers' Super Bowl victory the night before.
He saw his shadow which means 6 more weeks of winter.

The annual ritual takes place on Gobbler's Knob,
a tiny hill in Punxsutawney, a borough of about 6,100
residents some 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.
13000 attended this morning events. The first trek
was made to the Knob in1887..
After the 1993 movie staring Bill Murray thousands
started to show up on this eventful day in February.
The prediction? No one really believes it, but it is a
reason to have a whole lot of fun.

Now, I've seen my share of groundhogs both in my yard and in my travels.

But.... right after I watched the broadcast from Gobblers Knob I looked
out the window and there was my very own 'punxy Bill'... I have never
seen a groundhog in the snow and this early in the season.
I grabbed the camera so I could document this sighting...

He looked like he just had awaken from his hibernation
and his eyes weren't even open yet.

I never believed the Groundhog actually sees his shadow but
by gum.... there it was. I marked it for you with the arrow.

Maybe there is something to this after all. Six more weeks
of winter for us here in Central PA.
He started to walk towards the tool shed...

and quickly disappeared underneath..........

To God be The Glory ~~ I saw a Groundhog on Groundhog Day!!


mon@rch said...

This is great and loved seeing the photos of your Groundhog and its shadow! Way to Go Steelers!

jalynn01 said...

Thank you Mon@rch!! welcome to my blog.

mon@rch said...

I visit many blogs but don't always comment! Keep up the great work! :)

Lindy said...

That is so cool! lol Today was my sister's birthday and my niece's birthday, so it's always been a special day for us.

And way to go Steelers! What an awesome game!

CountryDreaming said...

Wow! What an amazing coincidence you were blessed with to see a groundhog ... and its shadow no less ... in Pennsylvania on the big day, February 2! It's a lot of fun seeing these pictures.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

That is cool.No,I don't believe theat a rodent can predict thw weather,BUT,maybe your groundhog knows that winter is almost over,that is why he came out.At least I'd like to believe that.
Have a wonderful day.

NCmountainwoman said...

Great photographs of the groundhog in the snow. And a shadow as well!

Bird Girl said...

Now that was a nice surprise for you -- a groundhog on Groundhog's day...that didn't have to be coaxed OUT ;-) He does however look like he is 'sleep walking ;-)

Marsha said...

Oh I loved this one! I never quite believed the shadow story either but here's the proof :-) Such a cute post.

Stacey Huston said...

It doesn't look scared of it's shadow to me.. maybe you should send these to the news.. (wink) thanks for sharing.

Tina said...

What a coincidence, to see your own ground hog and shadow on Feb 2!! Guess he was upset he saw his shadow and went back to bed!

HANNIBAL said...

It's always a good day to see a groundhog! I don't think I've ever seen one in the winter. Congrats on both!

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