This past Saturday, I woke up to a beautiful covering of snow, just enough to cover everything, and I knew it wouldn't last. I got up to let the dogs out, and considered going back to bed to sleep some more (since it is the weekend you know!), but then I looked outside and saw this!
SNOW! And Roger wasn't too sure about it!
Oh what an amazing sunrise!
The dogs were just about as excited as I was to see the snow! All our snow disappeared weeks ago, and it is only February - and even as I saw the snow, knowing it wouldn't last, we decided to make the best of it!
The dogs began to play, romp, and roll in their excitement of the fun white stuff!
Oh the great thoughts dogs must have...
I wonder if they were enjoying the sunrise, as I was?
Such beauty abounded on this glorious morning!
Annie immediately began to roll her nose in the snow...
She found a tennis ball and she and I began playing in the snow...
Isn't she just darling with the dollop of snow on her nose!
Our darling snow princess!
Roger was enjoying the snow himself, perhaps not as much as Annie, but he was happy about it all!
Roger enjoys eating the snow more than anything!
Because the day had such promises ahead (how could it not after that glorious sunrise!), I poured my coffee into a disposable cup, quickly dressed, and headed down the road with my camera in tow...
Loved seeing the snow covered roads and trees - after all, it is still February!
The sun's rays were gallantly pushing through the fog.
Off to the northeast, the fog was still hanging low over the mountains.
Loving the gentle rays of the sun shimmering as they pushed through the fog.
As I continued my drive, the sun and de-icer put out by the snow plows was already at work, melting away the snow.
I followed the path of the river as it wound between the mountains...
Oh the beauty of it all!
I couldn't help but marvel at the brilliant color display playing out before me, and the silent stillness of the water.
What a treat I was enjoying! The sun, clouds and sky as a backdrop against the majestic mountains... sheer joy I tell you!
I took so many pictures of the color display - and now I can't decide which are my favorites. I will try not to bore you with too many!
But it was such a glorious experience to see the unfolding beauty in the skies, that I couldn't help myself. Each picture seemed more beautiful than the last one!
The long range zoom lens on my camera was able to capture these ducks as they waded in the chilly water yards away from me.
See that little outlet above in this picture - that is how far away the ducks were - and how fun it is to play with a lens that can capture detail from such a distance!
There was just a light dusting of snow on the landscape - just enough to bring sparkly joy into every place you looked!
There were so many geese out early this morning, and their calls to each other I'm sure spoke certain gloom about a crazy lady holding something long and black in her hands - beware - beware - I could almost hear them say to each other....
Even the weeds had a certain beauty that I couldn't pass by!
As I tried to get closer to the ducks and geese - they didn't understand that I just wanted to watch them. As soon as I got closer to them, they would swim away...
At last, I was able to get a close zoomed in picture of these lovely quacking souls!
Loving how the trees are reflected in the still cold water.
And now the clouds!
The geese just were not happy with me out there - at all. Fly, fly away - danger, danger, danger, I'm sure they were calling out as they flapped their wings and squawked at me...
Such gentle still beauty abounding everywhere!
These two geese had landed alongside the road and decided to cross it. I was hoping no cars would come around the bend, as I watched them navigate their way across the snowy road.
Majestic mountains standing tall to the north...
With their still snow-covered peaks glistening, and beckoning in the bright sunshine...
... The geese enjoying their cold habitat, talking loudly among themselves...
This trail actually winds around and just past the pond where the geese were landing, and there was a whole different perspective here.
As I enjoyed the stillness and quiet - there were no geese on this end of the pond - this friendly robin came out to visit with me.
He (or she) was happily chirping away, twittering here and there, looking for breakfast, I suppose.
Oh how lovely it is to see a robin in February - spring surely must be here!
I pray that your day may be blessed with sweet moments of precious beauty that stir your soul and cause you to praise the Creator by which this beauty was made that we enjoy. :)