2.16.2017

Winter Morning


within the breath of winters frigid air
ice crystals grew among the lichens hairs


spruce needles adorned 
in icy charm


as the morning sun lit up the clouds
they circled like a crown at the tips of forest trees


bits of snow
sat like tiny icebergs
casting long shadows 


domes of snow
showing the beauty
 the grace of lines
 

looking up from the tiny world
a
grand view

~
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2.05.2017

So Much Snow!


in the past two days
snow fell from the sky
19 inches


much more snow is predicted
in the next day and a half: 20 to 34 inches
time will tell


in my woods 
I sink to my knees!


the little birds all fluffed up
seem fine


my pond has been frozen and snow cloaked since December 5th
usually 
it thaws and freezes 
on and off all winter
 
wahoo winter!
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1.30.2017

When the Sun Shines


Lake McDonald is large
(over 10 miles long & 1 mile wide)

this year it's surface is near frozen
(rarely happens)


being frozen
made for easy walking on it's surface

of course I stayed near the shore


morning surprise
an ice crystal world
 
 
this time they were kissed with sunlight
 
 
such a pretty winter day
 
~
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1.24.2017

Ice Crystals


got down to 4F/-15C last night
I woke to a milky gray day
no sunshine


a forest cloaked in ice crystals 
that look like fairy wings


I love how the lichen on the branch adds 
a bit of color


a wing of crystal
on each and every 
spruce needle

~
sometimes the magic of winter 
is in the tiny details

~
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1.15.2017

Snowflakes and Ice Crystals


gently resting
snowflakes


emerging
from the underground

 
winter garland
for the
Queen of the Fairies


behold 
forest treasures


crystals
lichen
and 
winter blue light

~
it has been a super cold winter
i believe we have had 6 deep cold spells with nights 
in the minus 17F to -28F
(-27C to -34C)


makes for clear blue skied mornings
(at times)
that freeze ones checks in mere moments

 
I think of it as a sincere winter

~
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