Road salt crystals can do pretty things, too.
Cannot believe the fish in this little lake are tasty enough to warrant standing out there with no protection from the wind.
Overcast skies at Swartwood lake yesterday *this is a color photo*. Curious sounds coming from the ice... Here at the shallow edge gentle popping as though the ice was stretching its back. It took me a while to realize that the occasional, muffled thunks I heard *as though some giant was absentmindedly tapping a drum* were coming from firther out, where it was deepest.
The bizarre 2 day heatwave and rain took away all of the snow and temps plunged to single digits again just before dawn. The garden is frozen hard as stone and I should attempt to remove the millions of seedheads left on this clematis...which like to spread itself everywhere...but A: it's not possible to get them all and B: they are so beautiful
Our snow is melting quickly. The weather in these parts is a major roller coaster: a deep freeze for days on end and now a sudden heat wave - going from temperatures in the teens and snow pack to 40s today. I sat in the garden wearing a light jacket this afternoon while the snow seemed to melt as I watched. It's prdeicted to be near 60 degrees with heavy rain tomorrow ...which means flooding for lowlying areas... and then it's predicted to plunge down to single digits again Sunday night. Whatever's left of the once lovely snow will soon be thick, rock solid ice. It's enough to give one whiplash 😑
A delightful surprise at Greenwood Gardens--Wintersweet buds and a few flowers just one day following a break from frigid temperatures.