After The Snowstorm

We have entered the bi-polar phase of late winter: fluctuating between the manic joy of encountering signs of spring (yesterday’s blog post) and then the decline into another depressive snow storm, less than 24 hours later.
I saw a picture circulating on Facebook today that showed a little snowman on his back with half a dozen knives stuck in its body and the words “Die, Winter, Die” written underneath. It made me chuckle but I also felt sad. It’s not the snowman’s fault. Still, when cabin fever sets in, anything and anybody can become the target of our crabbiness.
Fortunately, the snow stopped in the afternoon and we were able to go for a little drive. The main roads were not in good condition – snow packed on the surface with black ice underneath. But the sun was shining again and bits of blue sky cheered up the winter-weary soul.

This group of Canada Geese, probably on their way up North, rested and cavorted in a small pond (Click on any image to enlarge).

Interesting patterns in the snow were made even more dramatic by the low angle of the setting sun:

The sudden, steep drop in temperature over the last 24 hours made the river steam as it gave up the little warmth it had stored to the advancing Ice Queen of the Night:

The sheep, as usual, kept on grazing, pawing the snow to get to the grasses underneath:

sheep grazing on snowy hill

As the sun dropped lower and lower, her light drizzled a warm pinkish glow over the grasses, trees and hills:

In another day or two, this snowstorm will be history and the entire county is preparing for the first of two weekends of Maple Festival. More about that later…

About Beauty Along the Road

My name is Annette. I am passionate about nature, health, simplicity, self-reliance, truth, and life-long learning. Originally from Germany, I now live in Virginia, USA. I am a therapist, health coach, writer, photographer, and organic gardener.
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39 Responses to After The Snowstorm

  1. Love your photography, as always Annette. Especially the sheep grazing through the snow…here in California, that’s a pretty novel photograph!

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  2. lollastewart says:

    This is so glorious Annette. Profound text and startling images. thank you! Lolla

    >________________________________ > From: The Beauty Along the Road >To: lollastewart@yahoo.com.au >Sent: Tuesday, 4 March 2014 1:32 PM >Subject: [New post] After The Snowstorm > > > > WordPress.com >Beauty Along the Road posted: “We have entered the bi-polar phase of late winter: fluctuating between the manic joy of encountering signs of spring (yesterday’s blog post) and then the decline into another depressive snow storm, less than 24 hours later. I saw a picture circulating” >

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  3. utesmile says:

    Beautiful photos, snow is always feeling tanquil I find and having a woolly jumper like the sheep… they don’t mind the cold. I do prefer the warm though and look forward to spring!

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  4. Tish Farrell says:

    Especially love the bone-coloured barn, and the pic of the wind-blown snowy, tho it’s all a bit shivery. Here in UK we at last have sunshine, and my seed potatoes just came in the post. Time to get chitting.

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    • Oh, yes, seed potatoes. How early can you plant them? I usually wait until about mid to late April before I dare put them in the ground.

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      • Tish Farrell says:

        It’s looking as though that will be our timing too this year. Normally, they can start going in during March, especially if you warm up the soil with some black plastic covering. So far we haven’t had much cold weather only buckets and buckets of rain. The soil is impossible to dig. V. frustrating.

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  5. randee says:

    Lovely. I especially love the irony of the grazing sheep with snow on their backs.

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  6. Lovely series of photographs! Love the sheep!

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  7. sueslaght says:

    Such fabulous photos! My fave is the sheep shot…no pun intended🙂

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  8. Beautiful photos! Bi-polar phase of late winter…..lol. I love it.🙂

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  9. mpejovic says:

    Beautiful pictures of yet another snowstorm. They almost make me want to be there and take pictures too! I did say almost, didn’t I?

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  10. Tina Schell says:

    Lovely post Annette – the light was really beautiful. There IS some benefit to winter, right?!🙂

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  11. I do enjoy winter but only in limited doses. Like a week at a time. And no snow chains!

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  12. seedbud says:

    Really wonderful images!!

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  13. Icelandica says:

    I think sheep grazing, even in snow, is the most peaceful beautiful sight.

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  14. The simplicity of the snow pattern shots makes for such a beautiful scene.

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  15. pix & kardz says:

    sheer eye candy. the textures in the snow are amazing, and the lighting is brilliant. unfortunately i was only able to see one image, the snow-covered sheep, unless i hit refresh and quickly clicked on one of the images which opened up the entire gallery. but definitely worth it to see the images. thanks for sharing.

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    • Thanks for your comment. I have no idea what’s going on with the images. This is the first time I get this kind of feedback….I noticed recently on my husband’s IPad that the picture I had placed in a gallery showed up as individual pics there (but not on my regular laptop). Very odd….

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  16. Fascinating images, Annette. I love the one of the stoical sheep, I know they have thick coats, but their toes must get frozen.😦 Love the Canada geese pics, especially the one with its wings outstretched. When does Spring start over there?

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