If you read my last post than you know, we found Winter. Better said it found us and I found all it's wintery glory!
Thank you Mother Nature, for showing me it is never too late to find a sparkle in life!!
Monday was a fun day. I woke up to beautiful tree's tipped in frosty white:
The trees stopped me in my tracks every single time I walked past our window. Wooing me outside, over and over. Coat, no coat, didn't matter. I couldn't help myself. I would take a few photos, then back outside take video. Although I probably already have a dozen similar videos and a ton of photos with similar views. Mostly, I just soaked the fleeting beauty in.
While I am absolutely ready for Spring, there is beauty that only a fresh coat of snow offers.
I dusted off my snow shoes and headed out to the woods to immerse myself in the white wintery wonder. What a gift!
(watch out tho, they might still grab you or poke you in the eye lol)
How have I never noticed the ONE oak that has managed to survive
in the middle of the connecting pine dominant path?!
It is scrawny for an oak of that stature, but beckoned for attention.
snow covered pines lean in swallowing the main trail
the weight of the snow, resting on their bendy branches
Jameson & Tank got their chase zoomies on dodging through snow covered trees. I caught the slower tail end of their play:
18 seconds of a lingering game of chase
Winter's magic returned the following morning. The kind I've been missing. Brad came back from turning the horses out and said "trees are covered with ice". Say no more. I put warmer clothes and trackers on, and went outside to get lost in sparkly wonder. For who knows how long. I completely lost track of time.
Doesn't everyone wander aimlessly in single digits?
the sun was just beginning to shine it's beautiful light
hoar frost or rime ice, you decide
After my frozen adventure, I watched a newscast video on the differences of Rime vs Hoar frost. I learned Hoar frost is light enough to blow off and reminded of how dangerous built up Rime Ice can be. I think we had the latter. Although, I did not see a single branch coated in actual ice. Perhaps we had a combination.
One thing for sure, I was seeing sparkles!
weeds can be beautiful
My views ran the gamut of foggy, bright, sparkly, shaded and dark:
No walk is complete without these curious inspectors running over to get a closer look:
While the horses were checking things out, I experienced the most incredible thing...I stood there with my mouth hanging open...is that, um fairy dust??
There were sparkles gently floating, right before my eyes! They were hanging mid air, about the height of the top of the fence posts. Just a-sparkling away!!
I couldn't believe it! In fact, I rubbed my eyes more than once. Just to make sure it wasn't bright sun affecting my eyes. Nope, the sparkles were real!
a few lower sparkles are slightly visible in dark area's
I didn't want to leave the magical sparkles, but my toes were getting cold from standing still in snow for so long. All good things must come to an end, but the effect of my experience sure didn't.
Before ya'll think I am eleven short of a dozen, I know sparkles are created by the sun hitting moisture particles in the air. However, that doesn't make them any less magical to me!!
I will treasure beautiful moments like these. Forever.