Thursday, February 22, 2018


It began to snow ever so lightly last evening.

We have had teasing snow flurries for days, but even though there was snow to the north and to the south, we went without, or escaped, depending on how you feel about snow. 

The snow fell in tiny crystals, slowly accumulating in a sparkling fluff. We knew it wouldn't be deep, but we also knew it would be sticking around until morning.

It was 26 degrees when I checked about 8:00 this morning. When it was time to walk out to the street to get the newspaper, I layered up, grabbed my camera, and spent some time all on my own, enjoying the snow. 

"The very fact of snow is such an amazement." -Roger Ebert

I was not the first one to walk here. Were those rabbit tracks along with the bird prints? 
The icy streets wreaked havoc with the traffic this  morning, but we had no place we needed to go

Snow covers the blooming winter jasmine. 

I smiled too.

I wonder what drama occurred here.
The emerging tulips slowed down, waiting for more warmth.
"There is just something beautiful about walking on snow that nobody else has walked on. It makes you believe you're special." -Carol Rifka Blunt

The little rusty wren on the bonsai bench didn't fly away when I approached. 

The morning sun selected what it would light up

I think I found a cat visitor freeway. 

Witch hazel blooms
A cotton plant?
Who made these? I'm thinking a rabbit?

Drooping snowdrops. 
Hardy cyclamen are lovely but tough. 
The mimi-daffodils would prefer not to wear a snow coat. 

Patterns In Snow
Overnight the flakes had descended, 
and left a carpet of pure white, 
A fox awakened from his sleep, 
patrolled the frosty night, 
The silent frozen world had now, 
become a canvas, new, 
For patterns to be created, 
by the feet of creatures, who
Had ventured out to sample
this delightful snowy land, 
Fashioned by an invisible Master, 
with his gifted hand.

His paints so subtle, had with skill, 
produced true moonlight hues, 
Such lovely shades of brilliant white, 
soft yellows and deep blues, 
An eerie earth, a changed and strange
vast open wide expanse, 
Where, up above, each dainty snowflake, 
had started its downward dance
And settled, on the serene landscape, 
clothed, in its simple dress, 
Where we imprint our patterns too, 
across a snowbound wilderness.
© Ernestine Northover 


  1. Good eye on the snow photos. If one only looks there are many patterns to see in snow.

  2. You took a lot of pretty snow photos; the green man is cute with his cap of snow.

  3. We’ve had snow. Fortunately the streets have been clear where we live. We began today getting Bob set up on hospice. Oxygen was delivered this afternoon. In the middle of it all I hit a brick wall and had a caregiver’s meltdown. At first I thought I’d go somewhere for a couple of nights but now I’m not sure about that but we are working on some respite ideas to take place while Susan is here. She will be with us at least another week and more if we need her.

  4. Wasn't the sunshine today just a treat!! Now we have snow in the forecast for the coming days.
    Your cat freeway made me smile.

  5. These are really beautiful and unusual snow pictures. Like you, I wonder what happened at the spot where the two sets of footprints met. I love both the quotes. Both are so true. Oh, and the smiling face with a snow cap, made me smile too.

  6. Wonderful pictures, as always. I also really enjoyed the quotes interspersed with them. :-)

  7. Snow is so pretty and the quotes you shared were a perfect accompaniment to your images. I'm not a huge fan of these cold temperatures though.

  8. love your snow photos and poems...we had 10 minutes of flurries then it stopped so I didn't get my planned snow shots but I'm not complaining having lived in snow too many years in Northern Utah.

  9. Nice snowy photos at least you can still see what it there as you have no snow banks covering everything:)

  10. These are the most gorgeous snow photos! I love virgin snow too, before it gets slushy and muddy.

  11. Your snow photos are lovely! We've not had much snow this winter and I miss it!


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