Nature looks dead in winter because her life is gathered into her heart. She withers the plant down to the root that she may grow it up again fairer and stronger. She calls her family together within her inmost home to prepare them for being scattered abroad upon the face of the earth.
~ Hugh Macmillan, “Rejuvenescence,” The Ministry of Nature, 1871
Courtesy of the Halloween storm of 2011, a “Ghostly Post”, and a “Top Hat”!
This winter will not soon be forgotten. Record snow falls in January gave way to rain and ice in February. Stories of roof collapses frequented the evening news and ice dams arose from gutters, loosening shingles and allowing melting snow a way inside, soaking insulation before reappearing through finished ceilings.
We still have a short ways to go before spring, but we’ve made it through February! And although it’s the shortest month of the year, it always seems to go on forever, even for a winter loving New England Yankee like me.
Still, despite producing feelings of cabin fever and despair, it’s not without beauty and this year February decided to leave us with one last show. The weather conditions were miserable yesterday, but I just couldn’t pass on a trip outside with the camera. Here’s hoping a few beautiful images will help lessen the sting of a winter that just doesn’t want to end.
Click play and enjoy the tranquil sounds of Al Petteway and Amy White while you view the pictures!
A small warming trend here in Southern New England through the weekend, and it is very welcome! We’ve been lucky so far, no water in the house from ice dams, and the hoop house is still standing strong despite record snows. Some of our neighbors have not fared so well. So before we hit “Mud” Season, please enjoy a few pictures from around the yard while everything is still a pretty and white!