Wednesday, December 17, 2008
4 days until winter
Just in case anyone was unclear about it, winter has not officially started yet. The first day of winter begins this Sunday, December 21, 2008 at about 7 am EST.
Around here, though, winter decided to arrive a bit early. Our high temperatures all this week have been below freezing. That's very cold for the Pacific Northwest at any time, let alone in the fall. We got a bit of snow on Sunday and almost 6" today. Fortunately, Oregonians tend to be resilient folk and everyone seems to be adapting just fine.
Everything is so beautiful with a clean, fresh snow. I have been wanting to take pictures all day. In fact, I may even go so far as to say that almost all things are more photogenic in the snow.
Here, see for yourself.
Yesterday, when I opened the chicken run door, Coral and Spongebob were still nervous about coming out into the snow:
It was very sunny and incredibly cold:
The size of the Douglas Fir trees dwarfs my little chicken coop:
Walking up to the barn, things I would have normally overlooked started to catch my eye. The snow is sparkling at me:
Here's Aidan, my son, walking to the barn:
I sat on these chairs a lot this last summer:
Can't you almost smell the crisp, fresh air?
Spongebob and Bippity were posing for me:
Sparrow had oatmeal in her beard. How embarrassing:
It got down to 9 degrees last night. Absolutely frigid for western Oregon. My poor rain chain and ceramic water bucket should have been taken in before the freeze:
Too late now:
The moles of Critter Farm are alive and well. I can't believe they can still tunnel like this when the ground is frozen:
The birds have been ravenous:
Roxy was dying to go for a walk:
Though, with Roxy, it's always more of a run:
Look at that complete extension. All four paws in the air:
The downside of all that glorious running is all those ridiculous little snowballs that get caught in your fur:
Everything just seems prettier with a backdrop of fresh snow: