Nature

Winter Beauty

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I was going to start this post with a rant about how I’ve had enough of winter and never want to see another one for the rest of my life. It’s cold, it’s windy, and I hate driving on slick roads.  But while shoveling snow gets awfully tiresome, I must admit winter has a certain beauty; plus, those seemingly endless storms brought us much-needed snowpack.

 

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Last week after putting down about two feet of the white stuff, Mother Nature brought us a night of howling winds which left some sizable drifts across my freshly-plowed driveway.  I went out early the next morning to clear off the sidewalk–AGAIN.  Amid my grumbling and grousing, however, I couldn’t help noticing how beautifully the wind had arranged the snowy field.  After clearing off the concrete I put the shovel away and grabbed my camera.

 

 

 

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These pictures reminded me of the sand formations at Bruneau Dunes:

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The snow sparkled like diamonds, but in this picture looks like black sand:

 

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Yes, the snow is pretty–but I’ll still be glad to see green grass again!

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Photography

Photo Fun: Snow and Trees

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Mother nature blessed us night before last with six inches of heavy wet snow, and this morning I couldn’t resist a mini photo crawl around the yard.  I especially love the intricate, lacy pattern these aspen branches made across the sky.

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This rosebush looks more like a gigantic porcupine:

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Even weeds look pretty under a flocking of snow; in fact, kochia or a big tumbleweed sprayed with white flocking and then decorated make beautiful Christmas trees.

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Having made lots of homemade candy, our family is kicked back enjoying the fruits of our labor.  Between mouthfuls I am busy writing my novel, Castle of Blood.  With luck it should be out this spring.  In the meantime, for you fantasy lovers out there, the Kindle countdown sale for Warrior Queen of Ha-Ran-Fel has begun.  I have also updated my Pinterest board with pins that lend a feel for the story’s setting and action.

Wishing you all a great day!

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