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A Monday meander in the snow

Walking into the woods this morning.
Walking into the woods this morning.

In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.

~ William Blake

Goldfinch queue
Goldfinch queue

We woke up to a big surprise this morning.  Snow!  And lots of it.  The weather prognosticators had predicted snow, but they were talking 2-4 inches.  The reality was somewhere around 8-10, possibly more.

Going to the dock.
Going to the dock.

We have been experiencing what they call bay effect or ocean effect snow since last Thursday.  Flurries and squalls here and there, but no real accumulation.  Today’s snow is a result of a low pressure system.

Leaving the dock.
Leaving the dock.

This morning it snowed and snowed and snowed.  It was difficult to take photos because it was coming down so heavily at times.

Looking up at the loblollies.
Looking up at the loblollies.

The woods, beautiful at any time, are especially lovely when there is snow.  One of my favorite things to do is stand and watch as the snow falls off the branches of the trees, raining down on the forest.

Snow falls.
Snow falls.

This particular bout of winter weather is not destined to stay with us for any length of time.  I suspect that by the time this post goes out, most of the snow will be gone.  The temperature started rising around noon and the snow changed over to rain about an hour later.

Myrtles and loblollies.
Myrtles and loblollies.

It will be nearly 60°F tomorrow.

Thruway.
Thruway.

I went out for about two hours this morning and meandered around the woods and the marsh.  I spent a little time at the bird feeders keeping the hoards of blackbirds away so the other birds would have a chance at the food.

A little sparrow.
A little sparrow.

No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place.

~ Zen proverb

Woosh.
Woosh.

Thank you for stopping by today and joining me on another walk.  I don’t think we’ll see much of a sunset tonight, but you never know.  If it looks as though the clouds will clear, let’s meet on the dock.  Sunset is at 5:41 PM.

Falling.
Falling.

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

Today’s joys:  Walking in the woods; playing in the snow; watching the snow shower down from the tops of the trees; a snow day to spend with M (work was closed today); sitting by the wood stove and warming up with a bowl of homemade vegetable soup; hot chocolate.

 

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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.

34 thoughts on “A Monday meander in the snow

  1. Your snowfall is so lovely in the woods. It’s headed our way, along with the warmth. They said it would be 25 today but it never got above 12. They’ve predicted low 50s tomorrow, but I’m skeptical. 😉 It sure is weird to think of 50s two days after it was -15. How will the plants respond, I wonder?

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    1. Thank you, Eliza. 🙂 I wonder about the plants, too. I was eyeing the rose bushes, trying to figure out when I should prune them. The experts say mid-to-late February or early March, but the weather has been so weird, it’s hard to tell.

      The wind is here today, along with sideways rain. All of our snow was gone by the time I woke up early this morning.

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      1. I expect that waiting until the buds swell would be fine for the roses. You just don’t want them expending energy to leaf out on parts you are pruning. Also pruning after that time could damage the emerging buds.
        I’m in a bit of resistance today (posted about it)! We’re entering that teasing time where winter and spring maddeningly dance back and forth.

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        1. Thanks for the tips, Eliza. I never had roses before we moved here and this will only be the third year I’ve pruned them. I agonize a little over it each time, afraid I’ll kill them. I don’t know why. I haven’t killed them yet, and they seem to be thriving in spite of my attention. lol!

          It’s hard not to be in a bit of resistance this time of year. We just had some storms move through that seem more appropriate for the end of March, and the temperature is beginning to drop again. It won’t be as bad as last week, thank goodness. 40’s instead of teens and 20’s.

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  2. Robin, these photos are so beautiful. I can’t decide which is my favorite, although I really love the Leaving the dock, and the birds, and the. . .:)
    You got a lot of snow. It was coming down quite heavily here earlier this afternoon. We have about two inches, I guess, and it looks very pretty, but I think it may already be turning over to sleet or rain. We’re supposed to get a lot of rain tomorrow with highs in the 50s.

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  3. I love that too, Robin, the snow falling of the trees in big poofs of white, and then dripping prisms and rainbows. The silence. Such beauty. Our goldfinches are starting to turn more colorful. Is that a song sparrow? Beautiful pictures. You are soooo good!
    Peace
    Mary

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    1. Thank you so much, Mary. 🙂 I’m not sure what kind of sparrow it is. We have a lot of white-throated sparrows at the feeder, but I can’t tell because of the angle on this photo.

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  4. Beautiful images, Robin – I especially loved the one of the snow covered dock leading into the trees – very archetypal. We are getting more snow here, preceded by a layer of ice. Winter seems to have finally arrived – maybe it will leave early too!

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    1. Thank you so much, Lynn. 🙂 The weather has been all over the place this winter. I hope you didn’t get too much ice (or any at all). Ice can be so hard on everything.

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