It's a Winter Wonderland Out There!

Zone 5 gets its share of cold and snow.  Soon, Zone 5 should have its January thaw.  This is when the weather warms up enough to melt the snow.  Almost everyone gets excited to see the snow retreat by this time of winter....if only for a few days.  In the meantime, I was up early on Sunday and was rewarded with a spectacular sunrise and a landscape completely frosted over.  Winter does have its pluses.  Enjoy.

The old apple tree silhouette against the rising sun.

Sunrise casts long shadows across the untrodden landscape.

Spent Coneflowers stand firm against the frosty onslaught.

The sun rises over the distant Mugo Pines.

The frosty canopies of the Maple Trees
glow pink in the early morning sun.

Frost and a dollop of snow lend a sense of whimsy to this Maple.

The sun beams raise upward in a joyous Hallelujah.

The weak sunlight casts a white and yellow glow
across the neighbor's backyard.

Frost covers every needle on this White Pine.

These Coneflowes have a toppings of snow
making them resemble cotton ripening in a field.

The volunteer Oak sapling's frosty leaves still cling
tightly to its little branches.

The morning sun lights up the recent snowfall
reflecting back like a million tiny mirrors.


  1. Wow, I love your pictures. All of them are nicely taken. May I ask what kind of camera do you use? Thanks.

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  3. these are extremely beautiful icy winter images-- stunning

  4. Thank you for the compliments :) I use an HP Photosmart E317 with 5.0 Megapixels.

  5. I just love these images. Especially the one with the early morning sun peaking through, and the frosty coneflowers silouetted against the fence. What a winter we've had in zone 5 - but hey, it does make for some stunning scenery.

    Beth at Beyond the Garden Gate