Sunday, October 30, 2011
Beauty Without the Beast
When I awoke at 6:00 AM, it was still dark outside. The sky was clear and I could see the stars. Fog or clouds have blocked their view all summer. I've missed them so I went around the house doing a bit of stargazing out every window. When the sun did come up beautiful snowy winter scenes replaced the stars.
The sun reaches the far hill before it shines on us. The ridge to the east blocks the early morning light here. A blue cast to the snow may be no more than reflected sky color but it always catches my eye.
Snow coats the garden sticking to everything. All we had was gently falling snow. We escaped the winds and the power outages. The beastly part of the storm stayed east of us.
I know before winter is over I will tire of this snowy garden scene, but this morning all I can see is the beauty.
We didn't get a lot of snow here. The shapes of the stones atop the stone walls are clearly visible and the stone path into the basement is almost clear of snow. I watched as every movement of the birds in the trees caused snow to drop to the ground. Now with the sunlight the snow is dropping quickly. Soon the trees will have lost their beautiful coat of white. Later today I'm sure most of the snow will be gone and that's great. A brief winter preview is lovely, but I'm not ready for the full length feature to begin. I like snow for Christmas, but not so much for Halloween.