Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A Soft White Damn

The snow doesn't give a soft white damn whom it touches.
~e.e. cummings

As in many parts of this continent, we were reported to have had the worst winter in a very long time. It was cold and it was snowy. And I hesitate to speak of that in the past tense. It may not be over yet. Below are a few photos from a snowfall we had in March.

snow snow and more snow2
As if there wasn't already enough snow burying the land, the clouds blew in across the lake and dumped some more of the white stuff on us.




March snowfall
Yes, a winter wonderland is lovely to look at, but it was supposed to be spring, for goodness sake! Still, I have to admit that it has its fine moments nonetheless.




turning point
Just a few days earlier, we were beginning to see the roads reappear as the sunnier days melted some of their icy covering. This is my turnaround point on my walks with Benny. It usually takes about 45 minutes to complete our stroll.




benny incredulous
Speaking of the little guy, he lives for a snowy day. When the shovels come out, he needs to be nearby to attack a shovelful of snow, so that we find ourselves re-doing the same area over and over again. He watches for us to make a move and then sabotages our work this way all the time.




Woof
When he's not biting and pulling at the shovel, he's barking at us to toss the snow over the deck so he can kill it down there.




Benny looking for trouble
And if we're not complying, he looks elsewhere for snow chunks so that we can toss them for him to chase.




driveby snowball fight
I snapped this on a drive-by on our way into a nearby town. The kids had built a snow wall and were having a snowball fight. At least someone aside from Benny is loving the white stuff.




dusk on muskie bay2
At the end of the day, I have to admit that no matter the month, it's still a pretty sight to see. The beauty of the pink dusk is impossible to deny.




deer at dusk4
And it brings these lovelies out to feed - and I never tire of seeing them.




Spring yeah right
Come morning, the fresh March snow awakens with a blush of colour and I have to admit that it looks just right.

This was a few weeks ago. Currently, most of the snow has melted and even the lake has begun turning to liquid at the shoreline. There might be hope for spring yet.

More photos coming up soon.

54 comments:

Kamana said...

snow? again? still? i love the deer walking across it.

and here i am trying to stay cool, in this stifling heat.

ADRIAN said...

It is wonderful to look at but I hope for your sake it is over now.

Indrani said...

So much snow in April! Great series!

Jinksy said...

That is one kind of beauty I'm happy to see only in photographs. This winter, I don't think we had more than a salt-shaker sprinkle of snow where I live. Am I complaining? No way! LOL ♥

Gary's third pottery blog said...

Monday was 74 but upstate NY may see some snow today or tomorrow.... ANYWAY, yes, just beautiful, all of it, esp. Benny!

Haddock said...

Somehow your Flickr links are not opening. Is it only me?

Laura~Pretty Pix said...

It is beautiful, I must admit.. and the morning light is a wonderfully dreamy image.
I remember snowball fights and forts built from snow. Thanks for awakening some very fond memories.

Kerri Farley said...

Lovely! but I hope Spring arrives for you soon :)

lindaakacraftygardener said...

I'm enjoying your one last round of snow photos. I'm sure the end is in sight now. The sunset and sunrise photos are lovely.

from Madrid said...

Seeing this, the feeling is that winter has not yet been fired.

Tomás.

Tabor said...

Ah yes your winters are so lovely, but I agree with you...too much of a good thing is TOO MUCH! Our spring is in the middle here, so yours is on the way.

Leah J. Utas said...

Snow has its charms and you've captured them for us. Thank you.

DJan said...

Oh, it's been too long since I've seen Benny. He's such a great dog. And your snow pictures do seem a bit out of place at this time of year, but they are beautiful nevertheless. :-)

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

Benny is so fun. He always makes me smile. I love that last shot of the morning sun reflecting on the snow!

joeh said...

I love the snow, but not in April.

Gayle said...

Awwwww the Bennster. What a charmer. Love your photos. You seem to have such a grand attitude toward it all. Being so far south, I cannot imagine!! I so hope that your springtime is truly on its way and not just teasing you with the liquid shoreline.

ellen abbott said...

great shots of Benny and I'm glad someone enjoys the snow. It just looks like frozen misery to me.

Midlife Roadtripper said...

It is beautiful, however, I must say -- I enjoyed it via photo and not in real life. (Former Northerner.)

Bob Bushell said...

The wet and cold stuff, ooh, you are covered by the snow, at this time! But, Benny likes it though.

TexWisGirl said...

from marveling at the amount of snowfall, to comic relief compliments of cute benny, to all-out beauty to finish the post. love.

Jackie said...

The photographs of your Benny and your snow are sights for this Southern girl's eyes. Beautiful, both....
Thank you for sharing your talents with me. Your winter/spring wonderland is breathtaking.

Red said...

You have proved that snow makes for some excellent opportunities for photographs.My favorite would be the last one with the snow picking up the sunrise colors.

Linda Wildenstein said...

I love that Benny keeps you on your toes and in his game.
The colors that reflect in the snow are just beautiful. Thanks for your eye on the snow and it's beauty. Oma Linda

messymimi said...

Watching Benny have fun is more fun than being out in it myself!

Gillian Olson said...

It does make for great pictures but I hope for your sake it is gone soon.

Linda said...

As always Benny is so adorable and photogenic, and I love that last picture of the rose-colored snow. So pretty but Spring is on it's way, and the greens are bound to be beautiful, too.

Betty Manousos said...

wow, hilary, what a spectacular!
LOVED seeing your little guy having fun. benny always makes me smile.
that last photo is a real gem, too . and the one with the deer walking across the snow...ohm my, absolutely exquisite!!

big hugs and much love~

Pat - Arkansas said...

Thanks for the "awwhhh" photos, Hilary. You make my day.
If Benny is not the cutest dog in the whole world he's in the top ten, for sure. Hugs to all.

Out on the prairie said...

Hope it is past here, I have a lot planted and in the greenhouse.

Kat said...

It has been a horrendous winter, hasn't it? Ugh. It is the winter that never ends! Just a few days ago the cabin received 18 inches in one day. Ski hills are still open. Crazy!
I will admit that it is a pretty sight. I just prefer the pretty sight of flowers now. ;)

Daryl said...

its late in the day, almost time to go home and my iMac which has been having issues is sort of calm now so i got to do a little non-work and visit you .. thank you for the lovely photos and for the adorableness that is Benny and his snow fetish it made a crappy day end well

Slamdunk said...

I sure hope that snow is melting.

Fun to see that Benny is so much of a snow dog. Ou big lab mix enjoys the snow, but his fav time of year is any month when we get the kid pools out and fill them with water. He will claim one of them as his own.

Eddie Bluelights said...

Wonderful scenery, Hilary, but much too cold for me!!

I wonder if you could have a look at some photos at Betsy's "My Five Men"

http://myfivemen.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/love-story.html?showComment=1398293631289#c7674760928616171829

to see if she cou;d be considered for Post Of The Week. I was very impressed.

Hugs ~ Eddie

Mage said...

It was 108. in Panama. Really scorchingly hot for me. Nice to see your fur person and the kids having fun. I like it just where I am.

The camera is a nice little Cannon PowerShot A650 IS. A little heavy for a lady with tired hands, but the images are consistently sharp. Even after I fall in the water, the images were good. George found one on eBay as a parts car today for just over 80 dollars. We will see how it works.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Beautiful pictures,especially that last morning one. WOW!

Gail Dixon said...

So many fabulous photos it's impossible to comment on each one, but you got some amazing light, pristine winter scenes, and Benny!! OMGosh, Benny just makes me smile. :)

Betsy Brock said...

Beautiful snow! I love snow and winter is my favorite! Your Benny is adorable, too! I'm so glad Eddie introduced us!

Stephen Hayes said...

Can't get enough of Benny. That snow sure looks pretty---until people start walking on it.

Rita said...

Oh, I love Benny!! Especially the one where he's waiting, head cocked, for shovelful of snow-LOL! And then deer! I'd be waiting for the procession at dusk. What lovely sunsets and mornings. This new home must be so easy to love that it has sunk into your skin already. ;)

Cloudia said...

Benny and your photos heal me every time


ALOHA from Honolulu
ComfortSpiral

=^..^=

Lisa said...

Its raining cats and dogs here.. and I mean that. Its cold enough to snow tonight.

Loved the Dear , that golden light is to die for and that little one of yours is just the cutest ever.

Brian Miller said...

oo nice to see the golden sun on that snow....it was a crazy winter...seeing the deer trail across the snow is cool too...

Rob-bear said...

What beautiful pictures! They so remind me of winter experiences in Northern Ontario.

Our "white stuff" has disappeared in a couple of days. Yesterday it was up to 16C (61F); today we've had unending rain for about 12 hours (and we are supposed to get more). So, perhaps spiring has arrived, finally.

Blessings and Bear hugs. Shalom.

Anvilcloud said...

Ya gotta go with the flow, eh? Spring is still having some trouble getting here in full flower, so to speak.

Lady Lilith said...

We also had a pretty cold winter. Although ti finally sopped snowing, it is still pretty cold out. Hopefully spring and summer will come soon.

Friko said...

True, it’s all very beautiful and no doubt great fun, but forgive me if I say how glad I am that it’s green round here, green and lush and full of promise.

Glo said...

Oy,oy,oy! Thank goodness for Benny's enthusiasm and the beauty of the deer and sunrises to add some warmth. It's nearly May so tell Jack Frost and his cohorts to skedaddle ~ lickety split!

Linda said...

Love the deer and that last shot is delicious!

ladyfi said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I love snow.

The Chicken's Consigliere said...

I hope you are enjoying some warmer weather! Something about your photos always makes me want to grab a good book, a blanket and a cup of tea. They are comforting.

yaya said...

Yes, you can't deny the beauty..but the wish for the beauty of a liquid lake and green grass can't be denied either! My brother lives in northern Wisconsin and they had a foot of snow last week....I'm very much hooping ours is gone until Winter. Your Benny is a crack up! Love him!

Michael Manning said...

Hilary: Probably the best photographs to date of Benny! His personality comes shining through and I laughed with enjoyment. The beauty and the allure of the snowfall captured in your final photo is amazing!

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

Can you believe it? Happy puppy, not-so-happy shovellers!

Barbara Shallue said...

I'm not wishing to have the cold linger this long down here, but the snow is truly beautiful! Thanks for sharing it, so I can see it without feeling it. Love the shots of Benny!