A light rain was falling at daybreak. It soon became quite a bit heavier and that continued for a couple of hours. Later, a look out the window revealed a few flakes of white mingled in with the raindrops.
About 15 minutes after the flakes first appeared the heavy rainfall had completely changed to snow; the snow fell so heavily that it was impossible to see more than 100 yards. A heavy wet snow it was, a snow that stuck to every tree and twig and pine needle.
After an hour or so the heavy snowfall rapidly tapered off until it finally stopped. In the yard, a male house finch brought a touch of color to what was otherwise a monochromatic landscape –
Then it was time to head for the Big Woods to experience this winter wonderland. Surprisingly, the trees on the ridgetop weren’t covered with snow. Apparently the ridgetop had been just cold enough that the snow wasn’t wet and sticky but had fallen without clinging to the trees –
Throughout the forest were scenes of beauty with snow clinging to virtually everything –
Including the dried leaves remaining on a white oak –
A pretty good day for an essentially snowless winter – but I sure do miss the days when we had well over a foot of snow on the ground for several months and there was good cross-country skiing the whole time.