Monday, March 08, 2010

The Beauty of a Snowstorm

Today we had glorious sunshine and warmer temperatures, but just over a week ago Old Man Winter dumped a little over 2 feet of snow on us over a period of several days. The heaviest snow fell on Thursday and Friday, February 25th and 26th, closing area schools and making travel difficult.  We were lucky when all those recent big storms that socked states south and west of us missed us, but this time it was our turn! I took these photos on Thursday during the storm.

The big red barn looks spectacular in its snowy setting.

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The Lilac bush will look very different in May.

A pair of snowy Apple Trees.

More Lilacs.

There's the snowplow, heading down the road....

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The Driveway Garden is buried under snow.

And the Fence Garden.

The Silver Maple is white!

Snowy Spruce are beautiful.

Sheba and Murphy are my snow cats, 

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although Murphy might have been bothered just a little by the face full of snow he was getting here.

Hannah doesn't like snow much at all. She prefers the warmth of the house.

The outdoor wood furnace keeps the house cozy and warm.

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The birds were hungry!



Mourning doves had to dig to find the corn and bird seed. Posted by Picasa


Tree Sparrows had it a little easier after I scooped off some of the snow and replenished the seed.

These House Sparrows were fighting, the group flying from branch to branch of the big maple and finally landing in the snow.

Mourning Doves are more peaceful.

This little female Downy Woodpecker keeps busy.

And cheery Mr. Cardinal lends his brilliant color to the snowy winter wonderland to brighten our day. Posted by Picasa
The icing on the cake.


Hillside Garden said...[Reply]

Kerri, I love your photos. And your posts are full with love.
But I do not like longer the winter in my garden. I need spring - and now!
We have snow again since days.


jodi (bloomingwriter) said...[Reply]

Wonderful photos, and an optimistic, finding-beauty-in-all-this-snow post. But I too am weary of winter, and glad glad glad of the past two days, which have brought us sun and above freezing temperatures. May you have a smiliar respite soon.

Tabor said...[Reply]

I am far enough away from the snow in time that I can actually enjoy your photos. How does an OUTSIDE stove work? You do have lots of wood. I am glad that your spruce can hold up to the winter snows. We lost a number of trees and our poor holly trees took much damage. They are was not used to such heavy snows back to back.

Giddy said...[Reply]

I love the beauty of the snow and am missing it this year. However, I do hope there won't be any snow when I return home via upstate NY in mid April.

I love the photos of the birds, particularly the brilliance of the cardinal.

GardenJoy4Me said...[Reply]

Kerri girl this was awesome ! I know you NEED Spring soon but you took advantage of such beauty : ) There is nothing like sticky snow coating trees and shrubs .. the birds were so pretty .. little sparks of life in the snow.
What can I say about your kitties .. they are so gorgeous looking in the snow .. true winter time cats : ) I don't know what my girls would do .. play for 5 minutes then want in again ? haha .. although Emma being Main Coon .. she has the perfect "snowshoes" with so much fur in between her paws .. she might stay out longer ? ;-)
Great post and like Jodi saod wonderfully optimistic .. soon Spring will dance in girl ! : )

Lisa at Greenbow said...[Reply]

Your area was slammed Kerri. Beautiful winter photos. The cardinal looks like the cherry on top of a sundae. Cheers. I hope it is starting to melt away now.

Patsi 'Garden Endeavors' said...[Reply]

So lovely, so peaceful and so clean.
Can imagine living without it !

indianspringsguy said...[Reply]

Enjoyed your photos. Our snowfalls in the south are not spectacular at all but provide some opportunities also. I published some on them in, in the weather section. I wanted to get a Cardinal in the snow like you did but we just did not get enough of it.

Roses and Lilacs said...[Reply]

Hi Kerri, your farm is beautiful in the snow but I know you are probably as tired of it as I am. Hoping this will be the last snow storm of the year.

Loved seeing your birds and kitties. My cats like to play in the snow for a few minutes then back inside where it is warm.

Needled Mom said...[Reply]

Oh Kerri, everything looks so pretty covered in white. I love the photos where there is a splash of color from the cats, birds and even the snowplow. I am sure you will be glad to be out from under all of it but it is so pretty for us to "look" at and enjoy from a distance.

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...[Reply]

Everything looks beautiful there! I think I mention all the open space every time I comment here, to have that much space would be wonderful. Your cats look so cute, and I love the face Murphy is making with the snow coming at him. :)

kylieps said...[Reply]

Beautiful photos Mum. But could you have that all gone by the time I get up there next week? I've got work to do and I need the weather to cooperate. Can't wait to see the "next day" photos!

Zachary and Jennifer said...[Reply]

Great photos! Snow is gorgeous, but late winter snows are heartbreaking when all you can think about is spring greenery and blooms. :-)


joey said...[Reply]

Your last snowfall was stunning, Kerri! Our snow is finally melting with these glorious days, 10º above normal.

Su Chua Phin 徐蔡斌 said...[Reply]

Wow ... white and wonderful.

Darla said...[Reply]

Makes for beautiful photos doesn't it?

Cameron said...[Reply]

Beautiful photos! I love the farm scenes. Your cats are just so elegant in the snow!

sweet bay said...[Reply]

You sure got wolloped. It's beautiful though.

The cats look like someone carried them outside and set them down in the snow. :) I know you didn't but that's how they look. Even Sheba and Murphy look like they are saying to each other, 'What are we doing out here?" lol

Beautiful shot of the Dove landing on the feeder with the rest.

Annie in Austin said...[Reply]

The snow is so lovely in your photos, Kerri, and you sure are a good sport, but I remember heavy March & even April snowfall from when we lived in Illinois. No matter how lovely they were, by March we were tired of snow and wishing for spring.

Hope the spring flowers are revving their engines under their crystaline covering, ready to burst forth in a few weeks.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

em said...[Reply]

kerri, you must have been thrilled to get the dove in flight. very elegant! the snow we had was sticky like yours. makes for pretty photos! the cats look adorable snuggling together in the snow.

Alice said...[Reply]

Oh goody, I can choose all my Christmas Cards for next Xmas right here and now.

What? They're not Christmas Cards? They sure look like it!

Just wonderful photos of the snow, Kerri, but I bet you're sick to death of it. Still, you're a real trouper to sit there and post them to your blog so that we in warm, sunny climes can enjoy them too without having to rug up, Oh, that was naughty of
They really are beautiful, Kerri.

Babara said...[Reply]

I like your winter photos very much, dear Kerri. They look so peaceful, serene almost solemnly (I don't know if this is the right word). And the red cardinal is just the perfect "dot" in the white scene :-) ! Up to three days ago we too had still some snow but it had disappeared now as the sun finally came out again! And now it is Spring :-) !!

Deborah Raney said...[Reply]

I hadn't been to your blog for a while, and didn't think I wanted to look at anything but spring photos, but your winter photos in this post are stunning! Still, I'm so happy spring is here in Kansas, and where you live, too. Can't wait to watch your garden bloom!