One of the nice things about being retired is that you don’t have to worry about the weather. There is no rush to get out and clear the driveway and no worries about driving on slippery roads. It is not necessary to be anywhere, so errands can wait. It is much better to enjoy that second cup of coffee and watch the world turn into a winter wonderland.
It has also been a weird winter here. One day it seems like spring. The next day winter returns. Just before Christmas and the entire first week of the New Year the temperature is near 50 or higher. Christmas Day is a high of 23. Mid-January we finally get some decent snow for outdoor activities, then back to near 40 for the end of January.
On January 31st, the temperature drops again, and we wake up to another snowfall. It is a great morning to watch the gentle snowfall while we finish our morning coffee. It looks like it is a fluffy snow, easy to clear but not suitable for building a snowman.
After breakfast, we make our way outside. I find the snow-covered world magical, so while my husband clears the driveway, I grab my camera to catch some winter landscapes. The snow is still falling and there is very little contrast, so my first shot looks almost like a black and white photo.
Pretty soon, the sky begins to clear a little bit and the sunlight is reflecting on the trees. I enjoy that early morning sunlight as it illuminates the treetops and works its way down the trees. I hope to capture that magical light, but I am not sure I have succeeded.
I have been outside for about 40 minutes. My hands are hurting and I am feeling cold. It seems like a good time to go back inside for another hot cup of tea.