On February 9th the snowstorm brought approximately 13 inches of snow. The pictures below will show how gray the days have been.
The snow keeps falling on the birdbath and last fall’s flowers.
A downy woodpecker works at the spicy suet on a snowy day.
The white-breasted nuthatch pauses in the snow before checking out the suet.
Pulling back on the picture you can see on the left that the sedum stalks are almost completely covered with snow. On the right the yew shrubs are leaning way over with the weight of the snow. I knocked the snow off most of the yew shrubs, but did not go far enough to reach these branches.
Hicksii yew branches and snow after an earlier snowfall.
Snow on goldenrod, Solidago rugosa ‘Fireworks.’ I left the goldenrod up for winter interest and the insects that might be in the stems.
I went out three times during the day for spurts of shoveling and my husband and son took their turns. On the left you can see a few spikes of yucca poking out of the snow. On the right, notice how high the snow is on our little bitternut hickory tree.
This morning we walked at Lake Katherine. It was a slog through the high snow, but great exercise and quiet beauty. The lake was frozen except for this area where the fountain was bubbling.
The Canadian geese were hunkered down on the lake ice.
Snow scene at Lake Katherine. After taking this picture my camera battery died. It was probably best, as then I kept my cold hand in my mitten.
Earlier this morning our older neighbor was complaining because the snow plough had covered his car with snow and blocked him in. Dan, my son, and I went over and shoveled him out so he would not have a heart attack! We may need him to help us one day, and snowstorms can make us more neighborly or the opposite.