I happen to love snow. Yes, it can get pesky, but it's so beautiful! I am endlessly fascinated by the shapes it can take, sculpted by the wind and objects that disturb the flow of the wind. I actually concentrated this photo shoot on ice, but I couldn't resist shooting some of the interesting snowscapes. So I managed to get snow in all 10 of these pictures. This pretty much cleans out the best of my snow shots from this batch, though I still have more of the gilded weeds.
This tuft of grass is sheathed in ice and dusted with snow. Much of our yard looks like this, clinking and whispering underfoot. This picture was taken not far from the house, close to the inside edge of the south meadow.
A solitary weed rises above a snowdrift. This is a closeup from the drifts at the south edge of our yard, where the hedge sculpts snow onto a neighboring field.
Here you can see a closeup of the snowdrifts showing a long smooth slope. Again, this is from the south edge.
This closeup shows the "tongues" where the snow breaks and curls. Another south edge shot.
In this wide view you can see much of the snowbank lining our yard. To the left are trees and shrubs fringing the south meadow; to the left is the neighboring field. When snow-bearing wind hits a partial barrier like this, the wind slows down and spills its burden into the lee of the windbreak, creating a line of drifts like these.
This picture shows what happens when a snowplow goes by before the snow is done drifting. Large boulders of snow become anchors for long scarf-like drifts draped lazily along the road. This is the west edge of the road that runs north-south past our house.
When a snowdrift grows in layers, you can see the lines left behind. This is a closeup of a low drift near the end of our driveway, showing beautiful chevrons revealed by the cast of sun and shadows across the snowbank.
At the end of our driveway stands the white garden, anchored by a rock. Visible in the lower left are white echinacea seed heads. Not visible here (off to the right) is a yucca plant, which probably contributed to the intricate shape of the snowdrift filling most of this picture.
Snow reveals the many animals that live in or wander through our yard. These tracks were probably left by a fox squirrel. We have a couple of them in the yard this year. You can compare line drawings or photos of their tracks elsewhere on the web. We also have cottontail rabbits, though, so that's another possibility if the bunny was a bit small and not pressing its hindfeet all the way down.
Our patio collects a smooth layer of white snow in some places, accented by weeds. Here is a dead weed, turned to gold by the magic of ice and sunlight.