Snow was falling,
so much like stars
filling the dark trees
that one could easily imagine
its reason for being was nothing more
~ Mary Oliver
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂
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).