Winter Wonderland 2005-2006
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Water and Ice
Winter Wonderland 2005-2006

(Winter Wonderland 2005-2006 - 3 Dec 2005 - 01)  Our wintry season really began on morning of Thanksgiving Day with a two inch snowfall.  We then had another dusting of about an inch.  Then on December 3rd we had this nine inch snowfall.  In this photo, we are looking through the woods at part of the lake.

 

 

(Winter Wonderland 2005-2006 - 3 Dec 2005 - 02)  This is another look through the woods at one of the many coves on Sleepy Hollow Lake.

 

 

 

 

(Winter Wonderland 2005-2006 - 3 Dec 2005 - 02a)  This is another look across the lake.

 

 

 

 

 

(Winter Wonderland 2005-2006 - 3 Dec 2005 - 03)  Even with the wind picking up, most of the snow still clings to the trunks and branches of the trees.

 

 

 

(Winter Wonderland 2005-2006 - 3 Dec 2005 - 04)  Unfortunately, we couldn't drive through all this beauty.  We had to start clearing our driveway and walk.  This is the pile of snow we shoveled away from in front of our garage door.

 

 

 

(Winter Wonderland 2005-2006 - 3 Dec 2005 - 04a)  Even though shoveling snow can be hard work, the winter wonderland makes it quite enjoyable, and it's good exercise.

 

 

 

 

(Winter Wonderland 2005-2006 - 3 Dec 2005 - 05)  This is another look over the snow pile at the woods and lake.

 

 

 

 

(Winter Wonderland 2005-2006 - 3 Dec 2005 - 05a)  Snow covered trees frame the view of the lake.

 

 

 

 

 

(Winter Wonderland 2005-2006 - 3 Dec 2005 - 06)  This is another view of the lake through the trees and tangled brush.

 

 

 

 

(Winter Wonderland 2005-2006 - 3 Dec 2005 - 07)  This is a look up our snow covered driveway before we shoveled it.

 

 

 

 

(Winter Wonderland 2005-2006 - 3 Dec 2005 - 07a)  This is a look at the top of our driveway.

 

 

 

 

(Winter Wonderland 2005-2006 - 3 Dec 2005 - 08)  The piles of snow get higher at the base of our driveway.  In a few more days, the lake will be frozen.

 

 

 

(Winter Wonderland 2005-2006 - 3 Dec 2005 - 09)  Another look through the snow covered woods.

 

 

 

 

(Winter Wonderland 2005-2006 - 3 Dec 2005 - 10)  A look across the lake through the woods.

 

 

 

 

(Winter Wonderland 2005-2006 - 3 Dec 2005 - 11)  By afternoon, the snow had stopped and the clouds began to break up revealing the blue sky above.

 

 

 

 

(Winter Wonderland 2005-2006 - 14 Dec 2005 - 01)  Overnight, the air temperature began to drop to -4 F. (-20 C.).  Before the lake froze over, an ice fog formed over the water and rose to the height of the trees coating all the branched with a thin coating of ice.  When the sun rose in the morning, the lake was frozen, the air was clear and still, and the tree branches and evergreens sparkled in the sunlight.

 

 

(Winter Wonderland 2005-2006 - 14 Dec 2005 - 01a)  In the shadows, the thin coating of ice looks black, but in the light, it looks white.

 

 

 

 

 

(Winter Wonderland 2005-2006 - 14 Dec 2005 - 02)  The higher the sun rose, the more visible the ice coating became.

 

 

 

 

(Winter Wonderland 2005-2006 - 14 Dec 2005 - 02a)  This is a closer look at some of the sun-lit ice coated branches.

 

 

 

 

(Winter Wonderland 2005-2006 - 14 Dec 2005 - 02b)  More of the early morning beauty.

 

 

 

 

 

(Winter Wonderland 2005-2006 - 14 Dec 2005 - 03)  Everywhere we looked, the ice fog had painted the morning into another winter wonderland.

 

 

 

 

(Winter Wonderland 2005-2006 - 14 Dec 2005 - 04)  This is another look across the lake.

 

 

 

 

(Winter Wonderland 2005-2006 - 14 Dec 2005 - 05)  This is another look at the winter wonderland from our deck.

 

 

 

 

(Winter Wonderland 2005-2006 - 14 Dec 2005 - 05a)  This is a closer look a some of the ice fog coated woods.

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Winter Wonderland 2005-2006 - 14 Dec 2005 - 06)  As the sun rose a little higher, everything began to sparkle as if coated with diamonds.

 

 

 

 

(Winter Wonderland 2005-2006 - 14 Dec 2005 - 06a)  The ice coated branches shimmer and sparkle in the sunlight.

 

 

 

 

 

(Winter Wonderland 2005-2006 - 14 Dec 2005 - 06b)  Everywhere we looked, there was more of the beauty of this winter wonderland.

 

 

 

 

 

(Winter Wonderland 2005-2006 - 14 Dec 2005 - 06c)  The drooping branches of the weeping willow hang like tinsel from a Christmas tree.

 

 

 

 

(Winter Wonderland 2005-2006 - 14 Dec 2005 - 07)  Looking across the lake, our vista is filtered with the sparkle of the ice fog and sunlight.

 

 

 

 

(Winter Wonderland 2005-2006 - 14 Dec 2005 - 07a)  The sparkle on our trees seem to decorate a house across the lake.

 

 

 

 

(Winter Wonderland 2005-2006 - 3 Jan 2006 - 01)  Overnight it began to snow, and by the light of the morning of 3 January 2006, we had five inches of wet snow clinging to the trees making a winter wonderland.

 

 

 

(Winter Wonderland 2005-2006 - 3 Jan 2006 - 02)  Shortly after 8:00 AM, the temperature rose above freezing and the snow began to change over to a mixture of rain and snow, making the previously fallen snow very heavy.

 

 

 

(Winter Wonderland 2005-2006 - 3 Jan 2006 - 03)  But even with the rain, the winter wonderland continued for a little while longer.

 

 

 

 

(Winter Wonderland 2005-2006 - 3 Jan 2006 - 04)  Then slowly, branch by branch, small clumps of snow began to fall off.

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Winter Wonderland 2005-2006 - 3 Jan 2006 - 05)  Our sundeck was also covered with a blanket of snow.

 

 

 

 

(Winter Wonderland 2005-2006 - 3 Jan 2006 - 06)  This is another view from our patio door.  To the left of the photo, we can see the snow covered branches of a mulberry tree weighed down over our deck railing.

 

 

 

 

(Winter Wonderland 2005-2006 - 3 Jan 2006 - 07)  This is another look from our patio door.

 

 

 

 

(Winter Wonderland 2005-2006 - 3 Jan 2006 - 08)  The rain and snow continued to fall, and slowly, more and more saturated snow began to fall from the branches of the trees.

 

 

 

(Winter Wonderland 2005-2006 - 3 Jan 2006 - 09)  The blue spruce to the right of the photo, was one of the first trees to lose most of its snow covering.  Slowly, the winter wonderland was giving way to just another wet winter day.

 

 

 

(Winter Wonderland 2005-2006 - 3 Jan 2006 - 10)  This is another look at the snow covered trees.

 

 

 

 

(Winter Wonderland 2005-2006 - 3 Jan 2006 - 11)  More and more snow fell off the blue spruce.

 

 

 

 

(Winter Wonderland 2005-2006 - 3 Jan 2006 - 12)  Higher up on this blue spruce, there was still a fair amount of snow cover.

 

 

 

 

 

(Winter Wonderland 2005-2006 - 3 Jan 2006 - 13)  Now, as we say good-bye to this day's winter wonderland photos, we have the task of shoveling the heavy wet snow off of our driveway and walk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

More to come - Winter isn't over

Presented here are just a few of the countless components of God's creation.  Just as we cannot have life without water, neither can we have lasting peace without compassion.  It is our hope and prayer that this series will motivate people to live and act in a cruelty-free manner; that we would no longer hurt or destroy each other, the animals or our environment.

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