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
grand view



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
it thaws and freezes 
on and off all winter
wahoo winter!


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


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



Snowflakes and Ice Crystals

gently resting

from the underground

winter garland
for the
Queen of the Fairies

forest treasures

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