I love how snow can reveal or highlight patterns that otherwise remain hidden. A sudden change in weather, or the gradual dance from season to season changes our perspective. Scenes and plants that we have grown accustomed to suddenly pop in new, surprising ways.
We had just a smidgen of snow on February 23rd. Just enough to change things up and freshen my outlook. There is something magical about snow shadows. That stark contrast between the snow and the areas underneath the trees where little has fallen. I like walking through a forest on days like this, looking out from the shadows into the quiet light.
Honestly, I also like how a good snow can make everyone hibernate at home for a bit. The quiet is revealing. No cars and trucks zooming by, no constant blah blah blah echoing everywhere to distract you. Snow makes a good respite for introverts, if you’re paying attention and can get out in it before everyone else.
The potted plants look more decorative in this state. I like how snow hides a lot of ugly.
Snow even makes an old black plastic look better. The wine barrel rings that I saved for some undetermined future project almost look like an artistic statement in an of themselves. Accidental elegant design through laziness.
Pausing to admire this simple, yet classy device (the folding chair) for keeping precious seedlings up out of reach from the rabbits. There is a flat of seedlings on the seat. The buckets are collecting rain water. Not very glamorous, I’m afraid. Hoping this is a temporary measure for a “temporary” rabbit.
Okay, enough of that. Heading to the back yard to look for those hidden patterns.
Now heading to the gardens along the side of the house.
Moving to the front garden. I tried to get a good photo of the snow and how it highlights the branch structure of Aristotelia fruticosa. I wasn’t very successful, but I am going to make you look at three pictures of it anyway because I like this plant a lot and think its form is worth showing off.
Heading to work. I had to stop and take a few more photos.
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The patterns are very interesting! Snow always makes everything look mysterious and, in my imagination at least, the affected area seem silent. Of course, snow’s mostly a foreign concept for me as I’ve only seen it a half-dozen times in person. I suspect that’s true of many long-time residents of coastal Southern California and why many recently had difficulty distinguishing graupel (soft hail) from snow.
I think I would miss it if we didn’t get snow at least once per year. Once is enough. I always think I will go up into the mountains to enjoy it, but I never do.
You almost had me appreciating snow, almost.
I also didn’t get 10+ inches of snow this year. It is getting a little old to get snow every few days though.
I love a good snowfall! Great captures of so many beautiful patterns. Those last landscape shots made me miss living in a place with real winters. Sure, it’s colder, but they are not as dreary and gray. I appreciate how it brightens my days during the colder months. Your semla looks positively mouthwatering! I didn’t make any this year, and now I regret it. 🙁
Having spent part of my childhood in the Midwest, I miss a good snowfall too. Of course, we didn’t have so many broadleaf evergreens to worry about breaking under the weight of the snow. I was reading that semla are often made for Easter, so it’s not too late. Honestly, there so good that I would make them any time.