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Wintry pleasures

December 13, 2010

A difficult weekend has left me wrung out. I don’t want to write about being a head-case just at the moment. Let’s get back to nature, with some images from the past snowy week. A thaw at the end of the week melted the icicles and several inches of snow. Friday was filled with the sound of dripping and sliding as the trees and roofs shed their loads, and with the sharp, Christmassy scent of sap as the evergreens re-arranged themselves after being bent with snow. There is still plenty of the white stuff left, however and more due this week. It is well below freezing again today: crisp and white and beautiful. And less than two weeks to Christmas…


morning sun



an indecisive rabbit


cotton wool puffs of snow decorate an elder


fence-posts with snowy pompoms, like a row of matchsticks

wild rose hips

frozen rose bush against the castle wall

rabbits, pheasant and deer use tractor ruts as a convenient path through the deep snow

sun tangled in branches, around 9.20 a.m.

icicles barring our son's window

and finally…

Hanukkah with friends, snowy weather, and Christmas coming: all excellent reasons to bake gingerbread cookies.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. Margaret Lambert permalink
    December 13, 2010 10:07 pm

    No matter how many years I see it, I am still delighted with how snow behaves as it goes through its’ life cycle. Of course there is heavy wet snow, dry crystalline snow, powder, and so on, but the transformation it makes to a familiar landscape is a wonderment each time. (Perhaps that is because I don’t have to endure months of it, maybe one big snow per year, and sometimes little at all.)
    As usual you have shown us the details which make each event unique.

  2. Erika W. permalink
    December 14, 2010 12:11 am

    What I especially enjoy abut your photographs is that you tell us exactly what the shrubs and trees are. Your love of the estate shines right through. here in Delaware we have had one tiny snow flurry so far and I will admit privately that I love a good snowfall–don’t let my husbnand hear me!

  3. December 14, 2010 12:50 am

    The purity of nature is such a welcome sight, in the midst of the hurly-burly of pre-Christmas. it does the spirit good. I especially love to see the traces of animal visits through their tracks. Thank you for letting us peek through the magic curtain again.

  4. Mary Carver-Stiehler permalink
    December 14, 2010 11:03 am

    Lovely and peace filled photos. Just what I need to start my day which starts now….
    Camden, Maine


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