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Snow day!

A moment in winter.
A moment in winter.

Snow was falling,
so much like stars
filling the dark trees
that one could easily imagine
its reason for being was nothing more
than prettiness.

~ Mary Oliver

Eastern Bluebird in the snow.
Eastern Bluebird watching the snow.

Finally!  My snow day has arrived!  My apologies to you folks up north who have been dealing with snow day after snow day after snow day.  I know you’ve grown weary of it, and you’re ready for spring.  Long time followers know that I’ve always loved snow, and that we don’t see it often here so it’s cause for some excitement.

Not a good day to sit on the bench.
Not a good day to sit on the bench.

It snowed overnight, and we were on the low end of the predictions.  We got about six inches of the white stuff, and it’s a light, fluffy snow.  We won’t be building any snowmen with it.

Winter woods.
Winter woods.

I’ve been outside for most of the day.  I’d forgotten how difficult it is to walk through snow.  I still haven’t made it around the property, but have taken a walk through the woods and out to the dock.

Today's view from the dock.
Today’s view from the dock.

The sky has cleared and it’s almost blindingly bright.  The temperature is in the mid-20’s which feels warm compared to the past few days.

Tracks.
Tracking through the snow.

It is a fantastic day for bird watching.  I have seen Eastern Bluebirds, American Goldfinches, the usual mob of Red-Winged Blackbirds, Dark-Eyed Juncos, Blue Jays, a Great Blue Heron, a Sharp-Shinned Hawk, a couple of Bald Eagles, White-Throated Sparrows, Downy Woodpeckers, a Red-Bellied Woodpecker, and several birds I haven’t yet identified.

Soaring above.
Soaring above.

I’ll spare you too many more of the snow shots and concentrate on the birds instead.  There will still be snow, but it might not seem as bad with the birds to look at.

American Goldfinch.
American Goldfinch.

I do wish we’d brought our cross-country skis with us.  We left them back in the Bogs thinking we wouldn’t use them here.  We left our snow clothes there, too.  I’ve had to layer leggings with jeans to keep warm.  It’s cold enough that I don’t have to worry about getting wet.

Stepping lightly.
Stepping lightly.

The Eastern Shore is so flat that it’s perfect for cross-country skiing on those rare occasions we have snow.  I think I’ll pick up my skis and bring them back to the ranch the next we visit the Bogs.  Nobody is using them out that way.  They might as well sit here and collect dust so they’ll be available when we do get a good snow.

Lots of bird acrobatics and antics going on today.
Lots of bird acrobatics and antics going on today.

I’m going to go back out for a little while.  The snow will be with us until Sunday when it will warm up and rain.  In between now and then, it’s going to get bitterly cold with, so the weather folks say, the coldest temperatures of the season so far.

Sharing.
Sharing.

Thank you for visiting today, and joining me for a walk in the snow.  We won’t be able to go to the Point for sunset (the roads are not cleared), but we could watch it from the dock or, if it’s too cold, from the porch.  The sun has been warming up the porch this afternoon and it feels pretty good out there.

Red-Bellied Woodpecker
Red-Bellied Woodpecker.  (The blurry bird to the left is a goldfinch.)

Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just Be.  🙂

Climbing.
Climbing.

Today’s joys:  Snow!!!; walking in the woods watching the sparkling snow fall from the trees; watching the birds at the feeders, in the woods, near the lagoon, and in the sky; hot chocolate; spending the day with M (he didn’t have to go to work since everything is closed due to snow).

Mirrored.  (Two Dark-Eyed Juncos, facing off.)
Mirrored. (Two Dark-Eyed Juncos, facing off.)
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Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, wife, sometime poet, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She finished a 365 commitment to get outside every day in 2011, and has turned it into a lifelong commitment taking one or more walks each day. Robin will continue to share her walks through her words and images on Breezes at Dawn. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are in the midst of renovating the house and property they refer to as the Wabi-Sabi Ranch, 35 acres that include marsh, a dock on a tidal creek, meadows, and woodlands. Every day brings new discoveries.

24 thoughts on “Snow day!

  1. Snow can be most appreciated when you aren’t buried in it all winter, I think. Your birds are beautiful, some of which I haven’t seen since I moved from the east many years ago.

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    1. Thank you, Carol. 🙂 I miss the real winters we had in the snow belt. Snow is something I appreciated for as long as it was with us, although I do have admit that it made February seem like a mighty long month if the snow was at the point where it was dirty. The snow didn’t bother me nearly as much as the cloudiness did.

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  2. Your birds seem to become more beautiful the colder it gets! Perhaps this is their way of spreading some warmth 🙂 Who doesn’t love a snow day! Even here where an inch or two is considered heavy and where it hasn’t even done that much for two years, we love a snow day!
    I would imagine cross country skiing is very good exercise and a wonderful way to explore a snow covered area too. What fun!!

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    1. Cross country skiing is great fun, Pauline. Walking through deep snow can be hard exercise. With the skis, you can glide. It’s still work (and exercise!), but you move faster and can get farther into the woods on skis than you would on foot. Our winter birds do tend to be colorful. 🙂

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  3. I’ve been meaning to get out the cross-country skis for a few weeks now but it has been brutally cold this winter. Soon…hopefully.
    As always you have some amazing shots in this collection 🙂

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  4. Hooray for snow! I enjoy snow so much more, now that I live in a non-snowy climate. I love being able to choose to go out in the snow, rather than being forced to commute through snow to school or work, day in and day out. Love the bird photos, too!

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  5. Love all your pictures Robin!! Look likes you have gotten good bit of snow, I love having snow. We had 1-1/2 of sleet and then snow accumulated to 7-8 inches on Monday before stopping Tuesday. Tonight our temperatures are dropping to 4 degrees, I bet you are going to be colder than 4 degrees tonight too!! Stay safe and warm!! Michael 🙂

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  6. These are wonderful! Your goldfinches are YELLOW? Are they ever green there? We have them all winter here but they turn green in the winter. Can’t wait to see the little yellow patches start to show up on their shoulders. Do you think your part of the country is where my red winged blackbirds go? I wonder. Love the big woodpecker, we had one here this past weekend…so pretty!

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Comments are delightful and always appreciated. I will respond when I can (life is keeping me busy!), and/or come around to visit you at your place soon. Thank you!

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