Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Holiday Dance

Nah, I'm not talking about a winter formal or something. It's our weather this year...I'll explain in a moment. First, here was a sight on my way home Christmas Eve: this little Lutheran church near my home had these luminaries along the roadway. It was a nice, welcoming sight for evening services but I didn't go. (I was raised Methodist, and haven't been involved in organized religion in years.) It was pretty and set a nice holiday mood regardless.


On Christmas day, I awoke to lots of sparkling snow that needed shoveling...



....and I have about 100 feet of driveway! So I got to it...

....the cold temps kept the snow light and easy to toss at least....



...since it was so deep!


I took several breaks for "photo ops" (rest!)...don't these look like snow cones?




Once in awhile the wind picked up and knocked snow off the branches, sparkling as it fell.

Then on the following Saturday, the dance began as the temps rose above freezing...
...so I played outside awhile, and found some tiny bits of greenery....

....nice little patchwork of colors and textures.


The warmer temps brought my cloven-hooved "frienemies" back, too....


....all over the place!
Some green is showing along the foundation too, these perennial peas are "cold weather crops" to be sure!

Next came the rain!

Bringing with it some fog...
....then more as night fell...


....Sunday morning we dance back into winter again! Very pretty frosting covers the trees...
....very thickly! (I'm sure there's a nice layer of ice below it.) The wild birds are keeping the feeders busy.....

...in fact, it's "standing room only"! As the sun shines more brightly, the trees do too...

...and the snow is sticking to everything....

...looks pretty heavy on the trees. This turns out to be a major understatement...
...as I leave for work Monday morning. The trees are quite droopy...

....my road looks like some kind of not-so-fun funhouse tunnel...
...I hope none of these trees have fallen across the road...

....looking up, the branches are pretty anyway.


As I returned from work the scene is pretty much unchanged. This winters' weather may be a back-and-forth dance thus far with changing temps, "swing your partner, do-si-do"...
....but in my neck of the woods, it's more of a contact sport!

Have a safe and Happy New Year everybody!

7 comments:

chuck b. said...

Happy New Year! Best wishes for a fabulous 2009.

You have an awesome nighttime landscape, and the biggest frenemies in the garden blogging scene.


(Thank you for the Christmas card. It was placed in an honored position near the top of our tiny tree. :)

Aunt Debbi/kurts mom said...

Your winter pictures are beautiful.

lisa said...

Chuck-Thank you! My New Year's celebration was safe and quiet...my favorite kind! I hope your New Year is the best ever, and you're able to make it to Chicago in May. It would be great to meet in person! :)

Deb-Thank you! I moved up here because I actually enjoy the snow, so it's not even difficult to make the best of it.

MrBrownThumb said...

Lisa,

Your road and commute at night is enough to give me nightmares. If your digital camera takes video you should make a video of your commute through that frozen tunnel.

lisa said...

MrBrownThumb-Heh, driving can be pretty tense from time to time up here, but I'm used to it (especially this year). I can take video with my camera, but my hands are too unsteady...I actually get nauseated trying to watch my own playback! :)

MrBrownThumb said...

I didn't know that about you. How about velcro-ing your camera to your dashboard to eliminate the shake?

lisa said...

Heh, on my road the camera would shake MORE stuck to the dash! :) I've seen some pretty cool tripods that will attach to most anything, though....I should look into that.