Looking Up, Looking Down, Looking All Around

In some ways, not much has changed at our little house in the big woods. Snow, snow, everywhere, and yesterday we had a little three-incher of a storm to top things off.

When I look down the road, this is what I see.

Although perhaps it isn’t obvious in this picture, the snowbanks are quite high, and when we back the car out of the driveway, we have to do it slowly and carefully so as not to hit an oncoming car.

Our trusty wheel barrow slumbers in the snow and dreams of spring.

This vigilant squirrel keeps watch in an expanse of shadows and white.

And yet, there is a softening. During the day, the air isn’t as sharp. It doesn’t nip the cheeks and nose the way it did as recently as a week ago.

When I look up, I see the trees are starting to bud.

I look up farther and catch this nuthatch searching for goodies on a dead tree.

For the first time in a long while, my fingers aren’t freezing as I take pictures. While there might be a few more storms to remind us that Winter is still in charge, Spring is tap, tap, tapping on Winter’s shoulder.

Soon, soon.


48 thoughts on “Looking Up, Looking Down, Looking All Around”

  1. The snow banks are so high here that I stop my car at the end of the driveway, get out and look both ways, then jump in and take off. Your pictures are beautiful. I had not noticed the buds. I will watch more closely from now on.

  2. Yes, I see and feel similar signs from my “perch” in Central New York. North Country people are among the most optimistic people on Earth, don’cha think?

  3. Oh I love that tap tap tapping on Winter’s shoulder! Beautiful images as always dear Laurie and the squirrel looks adorable 🤗💖 xxx

  4. We’ve got more birds lately! Saw tracks of raccoon and fox in the driveway. I hope they don’t meet up! Spring is surely on its way. Loved your photos, as always.

  5. I noticed those snowbanks. In February you can actually see a sort of pink cast in groups of trees because their buds are getting bigger. It’s always a good sign…

  6. It looks like spring is coming your way, Laurie – those tree buds can’t lie! We have had surprisingly warm weather this week and I have been gardening! The birds are singing loudly and the flowers are blooming and I work in the garden without a coat! ‘Wonders are never cease’!

      1. Yes, that would be disastrous! Our warm weather is caused by high pressure and the jet stream dragging warm weather up from Africa. It’s all change in the next few days and back to windy and wet!

  7. Beautiful images Laurie.
    Next week is winter vacation for us here and people have already left for mountains.
    Yesterday the trains were full and there were queues on mountains as many heading to their cottages.

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