Winter At Last


Winter at last! It finally looks and feels like winter out there. We received about 5 inches of snow in an overnight storm that ended at mid-day.

IMG_0908I was beginning to wonder if winter would pass us by without any significant snowfall. However, here in New England, we can receive storms into April, so it was a wait-and-see game.

IMG_0950Cottony bolls of snow caught in the forks of twigs and topped the seed heads of echinacea and monarda with little white caps in the garden .

A blustery wind chased the last of the clouds to the east and tossed the snow from branches in clumps and sparkly mists that billowed and swirled through the air.IMG_0832

A walk around showed sharp contrast between dark tree trunks and branches edged in white.IMG_0850

IMG_0891Patches of blue sky spread behind silhouettes of chalk-lined oaks and tawny, rustling beech leaves danced in the breeze.

IMG_0815The river stretched out in a black ribbon, cleared of ice after our recent warm spell.  A few crows foraged at the river’s edge, turning stones in search of a meal. Their sentinel watched from a branch high above, ready to alert the browsers of any danger.

I’m glad the hard-packed icy crust had melted only a few days ago, to be replaced by soft, fluffy snow that is much easier and safer for walking. Our dog Wren, of course, is overjoyed.IMG_4308

About Eliza Waters

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88 Responses to Winter At Last

  1. ok, I got it right this time. Enjoy! 🙂 It’s beautiful and I’m jealous and waiting a turn for some snow in Ohio.

  2. Trini Lind says:

    Oooooooo, loooovely! 💖❄️💖❄️💖❄️

  3. Maria F. says:

    Nice images and writing! I didn’t know dogs could like snow so much. My Chihuahua would need a big sweater.

  4. MK says:

    It looks very pretty, and you sound happy for the snow. I’m glad, am enjoying it from afar. As for my neck of the woods — the lawn is lush and green, camellias are blooming, bees are relishing the deep purple of the lavender, and it should be 80F for Super Bowl Sunday. If only I could drive out to see your snow, and then be back in time for dinner.

  5. Oh! So glad you got some snow! The river sure looks different than your ice sculptery photos. What kind of dog is Wren? My dog, Mattie loves snow too. Happy winter!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Wren is a lab mix with (we think) some Aust. cattle dog and maybe beagle for the nose! She tries to herd the cats (no luck there ;-D ) and us, sometimes. And rabbits and rodents are irresistible!

  6. Val Boyko says:

    About time you got some soft and fluffy .. With those wonderful smells captured underneath for Wren ❄️😄❄️ Enjoy this weekend Eliza!!

  7. Jewels says:

    Lovely! We got 14 inches the other day and I was like “finally!” 😉
    Have a wonderful weekend Eliza! ❤

  8. Karen says:

    It’s beautiful Eliza, wonderful snow. Your dog looks like she is having a fabby time.

  9. cindy knoke says:

    Lovely photos, especially the snow held by the twigs~

  10. Pauline says:

    Your snow looks so lovely and fluffy! Enjoy!

  11. Beautiful!! I had to look a few times at the photo of Wren… to recognise a dog in it, hahahaa, nice!!

  12. adeleulnais says:

    Beautiful photos I do enjoy your posts so much and would love to learn more about living in New England, it is a place my wife Becca and have always wanted to visit.

  13. Beautywhizz says:

    I love how Wren just dived into snow. Lovely photos.

  14. Looks lovely. Hope that you enjoy it

  15. jenanita01 says:

    Reblogged this on Anita Dawes & Jaye Marie and commented:
    Snow, beautiful snow…

  16. Dina says:

    This is gorgeous, lovely snow pics 🙂
    and soooo frustrating, it’s raining since yesterday and the rain washed away the snow in Norway. 😦
    The silence of snow is the most beautiful sound I know.
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend,

  17. Dina says:

    And Wren looks like my dog when he can dive into snow! 🙂 ❤

  18. Julie says:

    Beautiful images Eliza, that are leaving me a little envious. Thats such a funny shot too of your dog enjoying the snow, that must be great fun to be out walking with him.

  19. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    It looks beautiful – enjoy it while it last Eliza.

  20. We ended up with 10″ of wet snow clinging to everything. The sun is shining bright and it looks like a Hallmark Christmas card out there right now, and it looks like we have quite a bit more coming this week. 🙂

  21. Treah says:

    Wow….you got a lot more than we did ( a scant 2 inches). Everything is twisted this year with the south getting more snow than the north. Beautiful photos & description. And I loved Wren’s butt! 🙂

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thanks! It does feel rather upside down. But strangely, I feel more settled with at least a covering of snow. The lack was really bothering me. Wren is obviously happy about it, too!

  22. That’s so beautiful! 🙂

  23. dorannrule says:

    As always, your perspectives are unique and charming. I especially love the final pic of Wren exploring the depths! 🙂 May your joy in winter remain infectious. 🙂

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Dor! The sparkly white snow out there feels much more ‘normal’ to me. It didn’t seem right not to have at least enough snow to cover the ground.

  24. I love to breathe deeply after a freshly fallen snow- the air just seems different!:) Enjoy the arrival of winter, Eliza!

  25. Snow is so invigorating, isn’t it? But I like it best when it doesn’t hang around too long. None of that slushy, brown stuff for me, please.

  26. Heather says:

    Hooray for your fresh snow! I love your river, too. Is it close to your home?

  27. arlingwoman says:

    Beautiful images. I’m so glad you got your bit of winter! And it looks as though Wren is, too.

  28. Widdershins says:

    Wren – “Squirrel!!!” 😀

  29. Yay! I’m glad your enjoying a decent snow at last! Beautiful, sparkling stuff! It makes your whole landscape like a wonderland. Wren looks delighted with the snowfall. Blessings, Sarah

  30. Cathy says:

    Lovely photos Eliza. Our dog also likes to bury her nose in snow and roll around in it! I do not envy you this snow though, as we have had some sunshine and milder weather and the snowdrop flowers are slowly emerging from their stalks. 🙂

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Cathy. It is not a lot of snow, a few inches as opposed to several feet, which wouldn’t be as lovely to me!
      I’ll have to wait a bit longer for my snowdrops. 🙂

  31. Brian Skeys says:

    Beautiful pictures and words as always Eliza.

  32. Lovely photos. Our snowfall (blizzard) brought alternating snow and freezing rain with high winds, so I missed going out to shovel or go for a walk. Don’t you just love how the dogs go crazy over the snow? Our black lab, Pepper, used to hit the snow running in circles, just like a kid. I think she was actually smiling.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you! I think labs particularly love the snow. Our first lab used to lay down on her side and paw herself along. It was her snow-bath. Definitely smiling!

  33. Super post! If I could have given you some of our winter I would! Glad you finally got to have some fun in the snow!

  34. 1kayaker says:

    Great composition on your river shot.

  35. BunKaryudo says:

    It’s amazing how beautiful everything looks in the snow, cold though it of course will be. I had to look closely to spot Wren. He seems to be having a lot of fun. 🙂

  36. Laurie Graves says:

    What a lovely post, Eliza. Both the words and the pictures. Somehow, in New England, a winter without snow is just, well, freakish. Perhaps we don’t want as much as we got last year, but there is a happy in-between.

  37. Ann says:

    a true winter wonderland! So many photo opportunities to explore!

  38. Your snow pictures make me actually want it to snow. Well almost. My fave is the shot of your dog, I didn’t see what it was until I read your note.

  39. gaiainaction says:

    Eliza your photos are wonderful, so enjoyed. Interesting too 🙂

  40. Gracefully Global says:

    What a winter wonderland! Love all of your description of the scene…I’m missing winter this year in San Diego, so this is as close as I’m going to get to winter. 🙂

  41. Breathtaking! Wonderful captures of the Winter beauty surrounding you! And I love your descriptions. Lol Your doggy is so cute! We had some snow here recently and a few of my dogs love it too! 😀

  42. Rebecca says:

    I do love your winter photos, Eliza 🙂

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