January was memorable for an early snowstorm that lingered on... and on... and on. The fresh snow was exhilarating at first as it drifted down in fat, billowy flakes. The scene outside my window quickly shifted from the usual shades of green to a complex study in black and white. Initially a treat, that blanket of white overstayed its welcome by several days. The downside of Snowmageddon 2012 was snarled traffic, school closures, an airport shutdown and thousands of people living without power for too many days after an ice storm brought branches and whole trees down on power lines. We stayed home, safe and comfortable, with power the entire week. Bored? not really, but I did read a lot, surf online, and cook up a storm (link).
Feet up on the stairwell windowsill, I kept an eye on the hummingbird feeder and played with my iPhone as the snowstorm began.
I wasn't eager to drive on icy, rutted roads but cross-country skiing became a tempting possibility.
Three resident hummingbirds didn't stray far from the feeder.
The ivy reindeer needed rescuing before the ice storm hit.
Brrrrrr, this cormorant looks like he could use a parka.