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The beauty of the snow

Snowy hay field

I know it's a bit childish to love the snow as much as I do. After all, heavy snowfalls often make the power go out. Ordinary people have to drive to work, risking life and limb on icy roadways in the process. And everything outdoors takes three times as much energy when there's snow on the ground.

Beech leaf
But walking through a snowy landscape makes me feel like I've invaded an artist's pen-and-ink canvas. Tree trunks rise out of nothingness, lonely blades of grass look like quick strokes of a pen, and even the ordinary appears extraordinary when viewed against the blank slate of a good coat of snow.

Snowy footbridge

Surprising layers of light and dark appear, like this wave pattern beneath our footbridge.

Snow dog
And the truly important parts of our landscape --- the living beings who usually blend in with brown winter leaves --- stand out exactly the way they ought.

So I'm afraid you're due for a few more pretty-snow-picture posts in the days ahead. This series is from Friday morning, after Wednesday's two inches had mostly melted and been replaced by another 4.6 inches Thursday night. I hope you're enjoying the beauty of your snow (if you have any) as well!

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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This post reminds me of the last Calvin and Hobbes comic strip, so I think with Bill Watterson, there's at least three of us. :-)
Comment by Jake Sat Jan 23 16:43:08 2016
Anna, I understand your feeling about snow. Our storm started Friday at noon, instead of the 3:00 pm prediction, and at almost 10:00 Saturday evening it is still snowing, although light. The last time I measured we had 32"! I will not be going anywhere until at least Tuesday and maybe longer. It certainly is beautiful, but, unfortunately, I will not be venturing out in such deep, beautiful snow.
Comment by Sheila Sat Jan 23 21:57:23 2016

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