|snowfall enhances the beauty of Winter woods|
Photo by J. Harrington
We walked those same dogs a little early today, before any accumulation we get amounts to much. Dogs don't much care about snow and wind if there's interesting smells to check out. Dog walkers have a very different perspective. The birds seemed to appreciate that the feeders were full. Six blue jays were visible near the front feeder at one time this morning. The most we've seen together this Winter before now was three. Add in a bright red male cardinal feeding on the white snow cover and we have an unseasonal fourth of July palette in January.
|a blue jay agains the snow|
Photo by J. Harrington
Some of what's falling now should melt in a day or two. Temperatures are forecast to get back above freezing on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Although we're not huge fans of snow, getting an occasional storm between melting periods seems like a better deal than the flatlined, cold, gray weather pattern we've been stuck in. Longer days, more light, bring it on, right after it stops snowing!
The Snow Storm
Announced by all the trumpets of the sky, Arrives the snow, and, driving o’er the fields, Seems nowhere to alight: the whited air Hides hills and woods, the river, and the heaven, And veils the farmhouse at the garden’s end. The sled and traveler stopped, the courier’s feet Delayed, all friends shut out, the housemates sit Around the radiant fireplace, enclosed In a tumultuous privacy of storm. Come see the north wind’s masonry. Out of an unseen quarry evermore Furnished with tile, the fierce artificer Curves his white bastions with projected roof Round every windward stake, or tree, or door. Speeding, the myriad-handed, his wild work So fanciful, so savage, nought cares he For number or proportion. Mockingly, On coop or kennel he hangs Parian wreaths; A swan-like form invests the hidden thorn; Fills up the farmer’s lane from wall to wall, Maugre the farmer’s sighs; and, at the gate, A tapering turret overtops the work. And when his hours are numbered, and the world Is all his own, retiring, as he were not, Leaves, when the sun appears, astonished Art To mimic in slow structures, stone by stone, Built in an age, the mad wind’s night-work, The frolic architecture of the snow.
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