Friday, February 4, 2011

Part Two--More Snow Pictures

Alas, I looked at the thermometer and saw that it was 36.  I looked outside, and sure enough, our lovely snow is melting.  BUT the sun is out and we have one of those gorgeous blue Texas skies!

So here are snow pictures several hours later, with the sun shining, shadows, and a blue, blue sky!

The same tree pictured in the previous post,
but the photo taken
 farther back.

Brave little pansies, peeking
through the melting snow!
Not a particularly good bird picture,
but it's the only one who was
out when I was.  Do my bird watching
and feeding friends know what
sort this is?

  Some people consider these nadinas "nuisance" plants,
akin to bamboo.  But the dwarf ones don't seem to be
as unruly as their full-sized cousins,
and only time will tell if they are
as invasive!

Here is Bill and Thelma's house, before the sun
came out--and their beautiful native
live oak tree.  We get the benefit
of both next-door neighbors'
trees.  All of these lovely trees were one
of the things that drew us to this
new development!

 Not to mention the lovely
cluster of live oaks across the
street from our house.

Snow in Central Texas!

I know well that snow in other parts of the country is causing great misery, so it made me feel (just a tad bit) guilty that I felt such a thrill when it began snowing here in Texas last night about 9:30. We just sat and watched it for a long time, with the room lights off and the yard lights on. It was beautiful, falling softly and gently, sometimes tiny flakes slanting down in the wind, other times big fluffy ones. In the night I got up to check to see if it was still snowing, and I was delighted that it was. This morning we got up at 5:30; it had stopped snowing, but I would imagine we’ve had more here than we’ve had in years, though I have no clue about how much.  The temperature is hovering in the low 20s.

So I dressed in my warmest fleece pants, heaviest socks, a light-weight fleece jacket underneath my heaviest parka, and wore my fleece-lined Merrill boots that I bought to have in Michigan when we visit there. The photos below are of our house and yard. Dear friend and neighbor Thelma stuck her head out of their door to say her camera wasn’t cooperating and asked if I’d take pictures of their house, for her to use on this year’s Christmas card. I’m sure mine will appear on ours, too!  I'll put pictures here, though, of our house only.  Thelma will get her photos via email, and I'll post all of these and hers and more on Facebook!

I love the way the spiral junipers look
bedecked with snow!

Side yard, right outside our bedroom

Our Sago Palm (most likely NOT native to Texas!)
was damaged in last year's hardest freeze, but it survived.
I wish we had remembered to cover it this year! 

Just over our backyard fence is this native live oak tree--these trees areone of the glories of Texas.  No one lives yet in thishouse that burned on Nov. 1, 2009, but it is
now totally and beautifully restored, and we
are hoping that we have new neighbors soon!