It's been snowing pretty steadily here in southeastern Michigan for the last few weeks. Below, James, the intrepid explorer, treks southwest across my front lawn on Christmas Day. I'd like to think he staked those yellow flags there, as any explorer might, but to be honest any yellow territory markings he might leave are not made of plastic! (Seriously, I don't know what utility those flags mark, or who called them to be installed, as it wasn't me!)
Updated 1/18: Below is the same view today--the shrubs to the left are barely visible and James is inside!
Inspired by Marnie's winter photos at Lilacs and Roses, I ventured outside Monday to get a few more shots of my place. (Just imagine two more inches of snow overall and you're up-to-date for today!)
Here's my front yard, looking due south to the nature area that borders my property. Somehow the garden lantern looks like a gnome to me, in its snowy cap! There's a walking path immediately behind the trees and a creek another six feet beyond that.
Here is part of my backyard, with my neighbor's garage in the background. There's a cute brick walkway between those metal sconces, which had been shoveled as recently as a day before! And look at my little arborvitaes and dwarf Alberta spruces (or is that sprice?), all covered in snow, and that's not even snow thrown from the shovel! (I'm trying to obscure said garage and these babies were on sale for $3.33 and $6.66 each a few years back. They're filling in nicely!)
Frances at Fairegarden posted photos of her indoor seed sowing efforts. Her trays look all warm and cozy, sitting on heating mats. She even has some sweet baby sprouts already. In contrast, my winter-sown flats look like this! But they'll catch up later, as the seedlings won't need to be hardened off. If you're interested in what's planted in them, see my seed list (PDF).
This is my backyard facing southeast from my deck. There's nothing artistic or wonderfully "snowscapy" about the photo, but I wanted to show how much wildlife comes to my feeders. All the tracks in the snow are from wildlife, not people. The path to the left of the tree stumps is made by ducks. They really like to walk single file!
Speaking of ducks and tracks, I found duck footyprints on my deck. In the top print, you can see the webbing, and in the lower ones just the three toes. As a bonus, there are also bird tracks, I think of a sparrow!
Elsewhere in Blogland, leaving winter behind for the moment, Britta at Cat with a Garden mentioned how her cat Chilli sometimes looks like an owl in the way she turns her ears. I've noticed this with my Fiona as well, and dug up this photo as proof.
And finally, Shady at Does Everything Grow Better in My Neighbor's Yard? posted some lovely photos of pulmonaria. This is a favorite plant of mine as well. I just love its freckled leaves and sweet blue and pink blossoms. So I leave you with this wonderful bit of color on what is otherwise a dreary white-gray winter day!
Updated 1/14: Bananas! Yesterday morning when I left for work it was 33° F (1° C), and this morning it's a brisk -3° F (-19° C) (you are noting the minus signs, right?!).