Wednesday, January 18, 2012

A Snowy Stroll...A Winter Walk

With the Wintry weather of late, I decided to concentrate my efforts on "New England Reindeer Sampler".  I've finished up the center of the design and am almost done with the remaining olive colored motifs on the outer perimeter.  Then, just a few more reindeer...  

Put on your mittens, let's take a Snowy Stroll.

Monday morning we awoke to the signs of a Stealth Snowfall.

The trees, small and tall were freshly coated with white.
The sky was blue-gray and the temperature cold - 22F.

The cold temps crusted the snow and made for a perfect surface to record tracks.  Here you can see the bird tracks beneath our Big Bird Feeder. 

The snow caught in the Pines branches...

...and the Fir boughs.

Nature can 'flock' a tree to perfection!

I liked how the snow delineated each and every branch.

This set of tracks was my Big Find.

They began in one of our lower meadows, and strolled up our driveway, to the Big Bird Feeder where I lost them.

Based on their size, and my sister hearing a 'close-up' coyote earlier in the morning, I decide these are coyote tracks.  He was probably hunting an early morning bunny or quail.  The coyotes are one of the many reasons we attempt to make sure our two Outdoor Cats are inside from dusk to dawn.

The teasel looked pretty with snow...

...as did the spent Cow's Parsnip.

See, if you don't take down your Christmas lights, sooner or later you are rewarded with a lovely Winter scene!

Well, I'm cold and my nose is red.  I think a cup of Hot Chocolate is calling my name..."Beth....Beth".  Yes, I hear it!  Would you like one too?

13 comments:

Rebecca said...

Thank you for the beautiful morning walk. Nature in all its furry can still be beautiful if you just take time to look. Thanks for taking the time and inviting your blog followers to come a long.
The hot chocolate looks delicious. Don't burn your mouth.

dixiesamplar said...

How lovely, both the stitching and the snow scenery! Thanks for sharing...

Nicola said...

I have enjoyed your post and yes I would like to share a hot chocolate with you and a walk in the countryside around your home. WOW a coyote, the closest we would get to that is a fox.

Sadly we found a dead male fox in the garden yesterday morning :(

Gabi said...

Love your reindeer sampler.
And it was a joy to go with you on such a beautiful winter walk. Coyotes??? That would give me the shivers too

Nancy said...

Thank you for a beautiful walk!

Siobhán said...

What a lovely morning walk! Nice stitching, too.

Mouse said...

ooooo thanks for the hot chocolate ... brrrrr lovely walk today and thought I was seeing things at first with the lights ..lol hope it wasn't a coyote ... and well done on the stitching tooo :) love mouse xxxxx

Ann at Beadlework. said...

Lovely snow photos especially the tree with the lights.

Linda said...

What a beautiful walk outside...and your reeindeer stitchery goes perfect with the weather! Have a great day!! Stay warm!!

Vonna Pfeiffer said...

Wow...love your NE reindeer wip :)
And your wintry walk is stunningly beautiful! Hot Chocolate, being that I'm on a diet, I'd love to stick my tongue in your mug! LOL!

geeky Heather said...

Brrrr...after all that snow, I do need a cup of cocoa!! But it was a beautiful walk. =)

Maggee said...

The reindeer piece is coming along quite nicely. I can't wait to see the finish--at your rate of stitching, should be this weekend I bet! Lovely snow pictures. I do love how snow blankets all the trees and plants... it is probably so nice and quiet too. Love that! Hugs!

Beth Pearce said...

Pretty snow pix. Your lighted tree really looks cool with the snow! While I am glad you enjoyed seeing the coyote tracks, I am glad you didn't meet him!