The sun has come out and the snow is over. We didn't get as much as we might have and that's okay. We started out with snow and wind, then freezing rain and wind, then more snow and wind, so that was enough for most people to slow down and enjoy the beauty that a storm like this brings.
This might just be The Big One for the winter, or it may be the first of several major snowstorms we could get. With us living within eight miles of where we each grew up, we've experienced just about every kind of winter possible for our latitude over the last 50+ years. We won't know how this one turns out until it goes out.
When the sun sets on Our Little Acre, this is one of the views from our front yard as you look southwest across the road and the field. I took this picture standing at our mailbox.
A little closer look shows the neighbor's grain bin and the trees glimmering as the sun shines through the crystal icy coating.
And really zooming in, the woods a mile away show off their icy branches, too.
Last night, I mentioned the big wind chimes sounding like church bells. Today, they're silenced by ice and snow.
Max's Garden wears its winter coat as Romie and Simba take off for a walk down by the creek that runs a little further behind our house. (Yes, this means that Simba is doing much better!)
It was really difficult to capture what we saw as we looked at the trees around the yard as the sun lit them up like Christmas trees. Depending on your viewing position, some of them even appeared to have little colored lights on them. They actually twinkled!
And even in the coldest and most blustery of days, gardening is never far from my mind ...
*Click on each photo for a larger view*