A Happy Snowy Top o' the Morn
The Front Yard Under Snow
"The snow whispers about me,
And my wooden clogs
Leave holes behind me in the snow.
But no one will pass this way
Seeking my footsteps,
And when the temple bell rings again
They will be covered & gone."
Here's a shot of the front yard one snowy morning. I stood beside the Young's weeping birch facing west to take this shot.
You can see a few lingering leaves on one the birch's branches in the foreground. In the mid-distance is a twisty & weird weeping beech tree & back by the picket fence is a surprisingly large & wide very old choke cherry obscuring a Japanese maple behind that. But being all covered with the snow, the limbs on all these trees from one end of the yard to the other just sort of blend together into a flat-screen tangle, & the shot is likeable mostly for capturing that certainty of winter.
I forgot to date these photos, but this was either in December 2000 or January 2001. The page about the Adventures of a Cotoneaster Arbor shows the snow-covered arbor on this same morning. If you go to the Cedar of Lebanon page , you can see a picture taken in the east yard that morning, plus a second snowy-day picture from January 2004 of the same cedar after a snowstorm. The 2004 snowtorm is further documented on a a page about A Snowy Week in January.
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