Sunday, December 07, 2008

Sunday Stroll - December Landscape


The old pickup truck, no longer very road worthy, has kept our driveway plowed through many winters. Last week it came to a sudden stop in a drift of snow.

The western skies:

The road north:


The garden and hills, and the only bit of blue sky, to the east:


The little lake to the southwest:

The wind has written wavy script in the wide expanses of snow. There are ripples...


and ridges...
and waves.

The log pile becomes more inaccessible, and more picturesque, with each new snowfall.
Many of the garden plants are buried in snow, but the wind has blown the snow away from a few. Here is yarrow capped in ice and a Pyracantha, also known as Firerthorn, looking like a living wreath. The last photo is a close-up of the orange Firethorn berries which, like the blue sky in the east, are a welcome bit of color in the nearly monochromatic December landscape.






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all photos by Aisling, December 7, 2008

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11 comments:

One Woman's Journey said...

Oh my. Makes be chilled to the bone looking at your pictures. They are beautiful but reminders of my Nashville area still free of snow. I am not a cold weather person. But love the memories of my ongoing fire and my enormous wood supply. Blessings to you and stay warm!!!

Aisling said...

Ernestine, I was chilled to the bone taking the photos! I'm not really a cold weather person either, though I appreciate the loveliness of the view outside my windows. The thing I love most about winter is snuggling up indoors, whatever the weather is doing outdoors. :)

Thank you for visiting!

Joyce said...

Wow, you really got it! We got enough to get everyone sliding off into ditches for a day or two, but we didn't even think about shovelling. Still, a deep snowfall with lots of drifting can be so beautiful. Thanks for braving the cold to show us your pictures.

Aisling said...

Joyce, We've had some of those "sliding off into the ditches" kinds of snow too. This year our ski slopes are open earlier than ever. We're getting so much snow, very early in the season!

Thank you for coming by to see my stroll.

City Mouse said...

Oh, the snow is just beautiful! Especially on the woodpile. And I'm pretty fond of the drift ripples too. Awesome post! We had a little bit of snow yesterday, but not much.

Abbie said...

Wow! Look at all that snow!

Everydaywoman said...

WOW! Great photos, Aisling! Now, that's snow! It makes ours in Connecticut at the moment look like a "drop in the bucket." I just got off the phone w/ my husband, one son, and a dog who are making their way home from our place in northern Vermont on snow- and ice-covered roads . . . lots of accidents, cars overturned, off in ditches. It seems people have forgotten how to drive in this stuff. I begged them to take it slow . . .or stay over another night! They'll be disappointed with the dusting we got at home when they see it!

Aisling said...

City Mouse,

Thank you! It is pretty, but a little daunting! I had to force myself to get out there, but I'm glad I did.

Abbie,

I know, right? We are getting so much snow this year. I need to look up a total.

Aisling said...

Ruth,

My husband had a long drive yesterday in similar conditions. He just took it slow and easy. I know what you mean, between one winter and the next folks lose some of their winter-driving skills. And, there are always new drivers who are driving in those conditions for the first time.

I'm sure you'll get a heavier snow soon enough! Thanks for visiting and for your nice comments on my photos. :)

linda said...

being a native californian, snow is a thing of beauty and stunning mystery...your photos are beautiful, as always but ooooo, it does look cold there!

XO

Aisling said...

Linda, It is so cold here, but we are expecting a warm up. It may actually make it into the 30s (F) this week! :)