Winter is about cross country skiing and using face masks as scarves. This time of year is also about keeping the mosquitoes at bay half the year. February is a time of frozen precipitation that takes many surprising forms. My first picture is of graupel, a word I had not heard until today. It most resembles small styrofoam balls, and is created when the cloud temperature is much colder than that at ground level.
We have hot water heat in metal radiators throughout the house. The boiler exit pipe is near the driveway pavement. It has made a stalagmite this winter! Looks like a baseball bat or exclamation point to me.
These holiday lights are even more beautiful now that they are covered in ice.
Winter wind carves the snow into reflections of the objects it covers.
Winter precipitation clings to the falling tree, hastening the day it will rejoin the earth.
I like the brisk cold days for three months or four. I revel in the shining blanket that quiets the town. Come March, I am ready for snowdrop flowers to stand above the soil and take a bow.
Hope spring comes soon to the plants and trees near you. What flowers are you hoping to see?