I actually had a few crocus flowering mid-week last week as the snow bank near the septic tank retreated. Blooms are still few and far between, but the crocus, snowdrops and eranthis are all out there, if you look. (Click images for larger view.)
Hard to believe a week ago the dogs were up to their bellies in snow. (See below.) More on mud season later.
Nothing major. Just a couple inches of the heavy wet stuff weigh to down the deer fence, cap the coneflowers and coat everything. Some early morning shots.
Actually, I kind of like snow. But after shoveling a foot Thursday night and spending a couple hours this morning to free things up, it’s getting kind of old already. Especially when you have to actually shovel a path so the dogs can get off the porch to do their thing.
Here’s my entry in the February Gardening Gone Wild photo contest.
To be clear, the top image in this post is my entry. The rest are other winter images I like, but didn’t make the cut.
I chose that one based purely on emotion. Nothing beats interest like a Dalmatian in the snow. And given Fred’s recent brush with death for the second time this year, I had to make this one my lede and entry.
I’ll admit that my collection of winter garden images is limited. I think it’s mostly because I get out of the habit of shooting, and the fact that five days a week it’s dark when I leave for work and dark when I get home. The next three are from a freak appearance of January in November of 2008. The light was pretty intense. But I like snowblind on occasion.
Grasses take on a life of their own in the snow.
This next series is actually from an early snow we had last Oct. 16 when the grasses were still green and the leaves were still on the trees. Interesting, but not really winter. (It all melted by noon.)
The closest I’ve come to capturing that winter light Roger speaks of was during this lucky encounter at the winter garden at Cornell Plantations.
Frost on the cold frame is always a good subject for abstraction.
Bittersweet berries in an encounter with ‘wintry mix’.
But this is my favorite winter image of all time. And it was rendered well before the days of 500-pixel entries.