I headed outside to gather eggs and decided to bring my camera along. Despite the cold (it hit 4 that day! woo hoo!), the sun was shining beautifully and luring me out to photograph the sparkly snow. The sky was remarkably blue and seemed to bathe the entire landscape in the color. Ice covers the twigs on the trees and everthing from my flowering plum to the tops of the tallest poplars were glinting in the sun.
Though the creatures themselves aren't seen often these days, we see plenty of signs of life.
Mushrooms hold their own against the icy cold, seemingly unaware of the chill.
Icicles are growing and my birdhouse sits idle, waiting for spring visitors. When I stopped near the side of the barn I looked down to see the snow peppered with hoofprints. We've seen a new herd of deer in the yard lately and apparently they've been walking right up to the barn like they own the joint.
I like to think they're leaving tiny hearts in the snow for me. I followed the tracks down the driveway towards the mailbox, marveling at all of the fancy footwork along the way. As I neared the road I looked up to see the herd bounding away in front of me. Apparently I had followed them right down the driveway without noticing. ( I have a tendency to look down rather than up) They crossed right behind the mailbox and went off into the woods again.
The view from the mailbox today.
And lest you think there isn't any color in my woods right now besides white and blue, here is some pine green making a typical Minnesota winter color palette.
White, blue, and touches of green...it makes me wonder...
what color palette is out your window right now?