"The Grand Canyon of the East".
Here's the sight we awoke to this morning...a winter wonderland! Most area schools were closed after another snowstorm yesterday and overnight. As tired as most of us are of the long, cold winter months, a world covered in fresh white snow never fails to delight me. It's gorgeous! The birds were busily filling their tummies at the feeders, and the breathtaking scenery beckoned me to pile on the layers of clothing, grab my camera and go outside to capture some of the beauty. It was hard to decide on just a few snow pictures for this post!
This photo was actually taken back in November, but I've included it to illustrate just how long our snowy season lasts. Sometimes we have snow in October and we can usually count on some in April too.
All good things come to those who wait, and spring does eventually bless us with bright green grass and dandelions....after the mud!
We no longer have a dairy herd, so the crops are grown to sell.
In the nearby woods I find gorgeous patches of marsh marigolds and other wildflowers.
There are always geese honking on the river that runs below our farm. I see mating pairs and search for their nests, hoping to see the eggs, but haven't been lucky enough to find one yet.
If you look closely, you can see the river below the farm in this photo.
The colors in our gardens change through the seasons. In June these early daylilies blend beautifully with the wild harebells.
A little later the mid-season daylilies add their Wonderful colors to the mix......
September brings a tinge of sadness, with thoughts of summer's end and another long winter to endure, but there are still some beautiful October days to look forward to before the frosts kill off all our wonderful color. We do sometimes get frosts in September, but last year, much to my delight, the hard frosts held off all through October.
I love the mix of glorious greens against the clear blue skies. And there's our farm down the road.
The sumac is sporting its lovely dark red seed heads, and the hay has been baled.
September brings some of the loveliest days...
......but near the end of the month the first leaves begin to change.....
....and a couple of weeks into October our woods are alive with the blazing colors of Autumn, or fall, as it's called here in the US.
Here's that same lane shown in the picture above with the field of Goldenrod, but in this photo it's a month later.
The red behind our barn is Sumac in its fall splendor.
But here we are back to today's snowstorm, still yearning for spring, and the growing cycle to begin once again.