This weekend we had one of those very light, fluffity snows that is so weightless it piles up on itself, making it seem like a bigger deal than it really is.
I braved the ridiculously cold temps to get a few shots. This one turned out, mostly. It’s not quite as crisp as I’d like, but it’s not bad.
The weather the last few days hasn’t been able to make up its mind about what season it is. We had snow, rain, freezing rain, ice, slush, and temps ranging from very cold to over 40F.
This weirdness made for some good photo-taking opportunities, though.
I’m sure there’s some way to have Lightroom accentuate the bokeh on this shot so the background would fade away more, but I’m not sure how to do it. I just love the water droplets. They looked like little gems.
This one is super-over-zoomed but the way that an Allium is visible inside the water droplet was too cool not to share.
It’s crazy that one of the Butterfly Bushes still has leaves this green on it, isn’t it?
And speaking of green, this Vinca is in total denial about the fact that it’s winter.
We’ve been treasured again, in this preview of the coming season:
Thanks to curator Alery for including us!
The back yard and gardens are not looking like much these days, thanks mostly to the blanket of snow covering everything.
I didn’t notice that there was one strand of Purple Wintercreeper heading straight up until just recently. I assume it must have grown before it got so cold out and just escaped my attention until now.
I didn’t cut this Coreopsis back because I think it looks kind of neat.
I’ve planted cuttings of Purple Wintercreeper back by the ugly back fence the past few years, and it’s really finally taking. I’ll definitely continue this effort, as I’d like to see the entire fence covered in it.
I really like this plant. Isn’t that purple color pleasing? Plants that change color through the seasons are cool.
Here’s the back veg garden covered by snow. You can see the raised beds, just barely.
I can’t wait for it to be spring! I’d really like to be outside doing some sort of work in the yard.
So we were supposed to get a big blizzard last night into today, and while it didn’t end up being a really huge amount of snow, most of the schools and lots of other entities (like MPOW, the library) closed down. Lucky for us, K already had the day off so we had time to do the shoveling and snowblowing on our own timetable. I’d been kind of excited to not have to set the alarm clock, but as it ended up, we both woke up before it would even have gone off on a normal day. The curse of getting older.
For reference, here’s the front yard yesterday, the day before the storm:
And here’s today, after we cleared the snow:
Not a gigantic difference, eh? We got somewhere in the neighborhood of six inches, but there was quite a bit of wind so some areas ended up with more, some with less. Here’s the edge of the driveway, with my mitten for reference:
One of my favorite things about the snowy season (there aren’t many) is seeing bits of the garden poking up. Here’s some of the lavender that grows along the front path:
And some Cape Gooseberry that I never cleared away:
The sky was overcast all day but it was fairly bright out. It continued to snow lightly throughout the day but didn’t accumulate much more. I thought that the silver maple out front looked cool against the sky.
The outdoor winter color palette can get so monotonous that I crave some shades that remind me of the garden:
It’s snowing today, all day so far. I snapped this pic of the library’s back yard while on my lunch break. Thankfully I was warm and cozy inside.
January is cold, but sometimes beautiful.
Thanks to Ginny for CC licensing this photo.
The new year is here, and for those of us in Michigan at least, winter is just getting started. It’s time to cozy up in some handknit goodness.