With the storm, things could get interesting here what with caring for the animals, making sure they stay warm enough, shoveling pathways, etc., and there is the possibility of power outages as well what with snow-laden trees and strong winds and also if there are significant ice accumulations. We haven't had a storm of this significance forecasted in a long time, so it will be interesting to see how it all pans out!
Prior to this winter weather arriving, the daytime temperature got up into the 40's for a few days (which felt quite warm!) so that helped melt off a lot of our last snow, but our place is still mostly covered. And during the sunny, warmer days, I had the pleasure of hanging out some laundry on the line . . . and using the clothespin bag again, which I love! I don't know why it took me so long to make one of these as it works so well!
With all of the snow, it sure has been beautiful out, and the other morning when I was taking care of the animal chores, I went ahead and walked out to the garden to empty the compost bucket then, too. From there, I could look out over the pasture, and I had to go and get my camera! The trees were covered in a thick beautiful frost, the sun was shining, and the sky was brilliant blue. By the time I got back out with my camera, some clouds were beginning to drift in so it wasn't quite as pretty as what it had been, but it was still a treat to see and photograph . . .
And then, I had the pleasure of walking along the fenceline and photographing a few other things as well . . .
I love these old fence posts! The neighbors have slowly been replacing them with t-posts, but there are a few remaining wood ones.
It was so pretty how the sun was reflecting off of these frost covered grasses! Now if only the path where I had walked wasn't right behind them. :)
Now this last photo is kind of a curious one . . . as I was walking along photographing, I spotted this in the snow, and as it wasn't something I had ever seen before, it took just a bit to figure out what exactly it was . . .
I knew pretty quickly that the markings in the snow were from the wings of a bird . . . and as they spanned a couple of feet across, I knew it was a large one. Then with the hole in the middle, and a few other tell-tale signs, it didn't take too much to deduce that either an owl or a hawk had found its dinner here! We've been seeing a Barred Owl quite regularly on our place as of late, so I am guessing that is likely the bird that did this. Anyway, that was quite interesting to see!
Well, the clock is reminding me that it's about time now to head outdoors to care for the animals and to 'batten down the hatches' before the storm arrives! :)