To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring. It was peace.
— Milan Kundera
It snowed last night. But the worst was yet to come. Today brought a cold, cold wind. With wind chill it was 1 degree Farenheit (-17 celsius) outside. Not my favorite kind of day! I bird watched awhile before having to suck it up and take the energizer bunny (Ryder) out for his daily chase session. Enjoy the pics!
A wee bit of snow.
A poor song sparrow poofed against the cold.
A junco huddled against the wind and waiting out the blowing snow.
A lone cardinal standing watch.
The snow was so heavy it dragged the tree branches down to the ground. Without snow, you can walk under this tree no problem.
After the worst of the windy weather, birds began showing up to eat. While the wind blew away the bulk of the snow at the base of the tree where we have feeders, there was still enough that the birds had to dig for their supper.
And then it was time for me to bundle up, grit my teeth and get out the door.
Despite the frosty temps and being frosty of face and ears with icicles hanging off his chin, Ryder, of course, enjoyed himself thoroughly. Note the snow-covered frisbee between his legs. And though the wind let up a little and the sun peaked out between the clouds, mom FROZE HER BUTT OFF! (Have I mentioned I don’t like the cold?) The things we do for our pets!
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So fall finally gave up her grip and winter has descended. We had our first accumulation and it was a wet sticky snow. So, of course, I had to go out with the camera. My 54 pound energizer bunny demanded to go as well.
Looking down the back of our yard, everything frosted and beautiful.
Standing under one of our old maples looking into the tree line that separates our property from the neighbors. Every little branch holding its bit of snow, whitening the landscape so thoroughly you can’t see our neighbors yard.
And while I was meandering and trying to enjoy the hush that such a snow brings, my four-footed tornado was running, snuffling, and demanding attention.
Running, running, running…
So wet and heavy, the snow was enough to bring boughs down to earth.
And still he ran. (Ryder loves the snow.)
After about 40 minutes of the zoomies, Ryder finally wound down. And I headed to the back of the yard to stand under a large pine tree and listen to the quiet.
The view through the tree branches was spectacular. It was a fine way to end the day.
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