A show of hands please, who’s ready for Spring?

“What a severe yet master artist old Winter is….No longer the canvas and the pigments, but the marble and the chisel.”
John Burroughs

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Barbed wire is not so sharp with an icy coating

Yesterday we shrugged under a heavy coating of ice—every thing inanimate and not moving fell victim to the cold touch of what the ancients would recognize as Ymir, the norse god of ice. This morning Mother Nature must have spoken kindly to Old Man Winter, as we were greeted by a covering of snow onto of the already think coating of ice, making things so much more bearable to behold.

The buds of the blueberry bushes now lie encased in a tomb of ice:

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Nandina berries offer beautiful contrast to their coat of white:

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The squirrels will have a difficult time gathering these acorns turned popsicles:

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Are the weeds more tolerable when painted in shades of snow and ice?

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**It must be noted that I took these pictures yesterday morning. By mid-morning the sun reappeared as the temperatures rose into the 40’s—this morning there is very little left as a reminder of the storm, that on Monday, the forecasters were predicting to be “Epic and Catastrophic”—amazing what a few hours of sun and warmth can do to Old Man Winter!!

7 comments on “A show of hands please, who’s ready for Spring?

  1. I’ve often thought that even weeds are beautiful in snow and ice. Must be some kind of moral there. Hang in there spring is not very far away now. Hugs, Natalie πŸ™‚

  2. Me!!! I have cabin fever today because we are still covered with snow on our maintain today. Since we live on the north side of the mountain it will probably be days before we can get out πŸ™‚

    • I know the cabin fever is driving you nuts—you would have thought this area had been locked up for a year—I think everyone is out on the roads and in the stores—a friend of mine in Atlanta said she had just left the mall and it reminded her of Christmas—no because of Valentines so much, but because of what being cooped up does to a people who are use to coming and going as they please 24 /7
      Happy Valentines day to you and your wife!!
      Julie

      • Finally got out late today, good thing I had parked out car down the mountain, nearly a mile away. My wife and I walked it and then had to walk it again to get back to the house. Good thing for Yaktrax! If you don’t have a pair of Yaktrax you should get a pair for you the your husband. You can walk across ice with no problem and not have to worry about falling!

        I think I will have to do a post on Yaktrax!! ha!

        Walgreens was packed, everyone getting prescriptions and Valentine’s gift!

        Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your husband! Enjoy your weekend! πŸ™‚
        Michael

  3. Lynda says:

    It is amazing how quickly the traces of the snow and ice have disappeared. That speaks to me of how worried I get at times and yet the Lord comes and looks after things in God’s time. Thanks for the beautiful pictures. Blessings to you.

  4. Jenna Dee says:

    Your photos are incredible, thank you for showing us what the conditions are like where you live. Living where I do in Melbourne Australia I have never experienced such freezing winter conditions as you have. I can only imagine how your life must change during the bitter winter months. Love to you from Jenna.

    • Hi Jenna—I’m glad you enjoy the pictures. Being in the southeastern US, we have cold Januarys and Februarys but it also not uncommon for us to have day’s that reach into the 70’s (21c) or even warmer—but not so much this year—it’s been particularly cold. We do get the occasional snow, but again, this years has been a bit unusual especially having the two storms coming within weeks of one another. I know the northeast is having an especially hard time with all the snow—certainly above our typical winters—the snow does make for a tranquil scene, at first till it becomes overwhelming—and the ice- is friend to no one πŸ™‚
      Looking forward to Spring for certain–
      Hugs to you Jenna—Julie

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