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Showing posts with label pretty pix. Show all posts
Showing posts with label pretty pix. Show all posts

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy freezing New Year

It was spectacularly cold this morning - 6 below zero - but absolutely clear as a bell and breathtakingly beautiful.


A thin crescent moon preceded the sun in the east by an hour or so.


The pre-dawn was pearly and peaceful, frozen into immobility.


Everything had hoarfrost on it.  The weeds...


...the hay fork...


...bushes...


...wire fences...


...and every tree.


The rising sun looked like fire through the frozen pines...


...a spread a warm glow across the land.


As the sun rose higher, it backlit the trees behind the barn, turning the hoarfrost into diamonds.  Unbelievable.


A good day to chop wood, both for the immediate warmth and for the woodstove.


JJ, our feral half-blind sorta-crippled barn cat, got caught in a sunbeam and couldn't move for a couple of hours.


In the evening, there was pink alpinglow on the distant mountains...


...and then a spiffy sunset.


What a heck of a way to start the new year!

(Click on any of the photos to enlarge.  Some of them - like the pearly pre-dawn, the alpinglow, and the backlit pine with diamonds are best appreciated at a larger size.)

Friday, December 31, 2010

Pretty sunset

Walking in a winter wonderland

We had a blizzard here on Wednesday. It left us with about a foot of snow (and some drifts) and it's absolutely breathtakingly beautiful outside. Yesterday I walked to the end of our dirt road - 1 1/2 miles away - and back again. Come see the sights with me.


I'm always amazed at how snow turns the ordinary into the extraordinary.


This little tree is only about five feet high. The snow turned it into a veritable Charlie Brown Christmas tree.


Snow-covered sentinels, marching along the edge of the field. Click this one to enlarge - it's pretty neat.


Every single branch had its ornament of snow.


Fence corners were half-buried.


From far, far across the canyon, I spotted a herd of deer. I put the camera on maximum zoom and got this:


Here's the herd, cropped:


Back home, some Christmas lights on snow.


This morning dawned crystal-clear and very, very cold (about 2F). But the sun rising through the trees was incomparable.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Pretty pix

The chicken's water holder in the coop tipped over during the night, so when I let the birds out in the morning, they made a dash for the water.


Foggy morning.


Reflections in the river.


Sunset.


The patience of a saint.


Lying in the dust.


Early morning pink fog.


Communing with livestock.


Fall leaves, stone wall.


Sunset.