Monday, February 22, 2010

Winter Keeps Pounding Us

We have had more snow this year than any since 1960. Winter has just been relentless and the utility bills reflect it. Even when we were on vacation in Hawaii and had the thermostat set low, and didn't turn on any lights, or use hot water (an all electric home), we still had a record high electric bill for January.
We do keep the birds fed. Sigrid loves to watch them eat and fight over the seed. It is important to keep the woodpeckers strong and healthy so they peck really big holes in our stucco.

This morning, after the ice storm yesterday, we had a nice sunrise with light glistening on all the branches. The photos don't do justice to the beauty that we could see.

Snow and shade.
Sigrid found a nice poem to go with the photo.
"There is nothing in the world more beautiful than the forest clothed to its very hollows in snow. It is the
still ecstasy of nature, wherein every spray, every blade of grass, every spire of reed, every intricacy of twig,
is clad with radiance."
- William Sharp

Sometimes it is fun to try some new angles and close-ups. It can get a little abstract. The detail would be easier to see if you clicked on the photo to enlarge it. Use the "Back Arrow" in the upper left corner to return to the blog.

The adventure in these photos was walking around on the icy ground without falling.

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