…the snow in winter as it waters the earth so it will break forth in spring with abundance of beauty. You are missed flowers, leaves and color but soon you will appear again.
“THE SNOW had begun in the gloaming,
And busily all the night
Had been heaping field and highway
With a silence deep and white.
Every pine and fir and hemlock
Wore ermine too dear for an earl,
And the poorest twig on the elm-tree
Was ridged inch deep with pearl.
From sheds new-roofed with Carrara
Came Chanticleer’s muffled crow,
The stiff rails softened to swan’s-down,
And still fluttered down the snow.
I stood and watched by the window
The noiseless work of the sky,
And the sudden flurries of snow-birds,
Like brown leaves whirling by.
I thought of a mound in sweet Auburn
Where a little headstone stood;
How the flakes were folding it gently,
As did robins the babes in the wood…”
_ The First Snow-Fall by James Russell Lowell
Photography JayJacyPhotography, Copyright 2017, All Rights Reserved
It’s certainly been a very very cold and snowy winter here in the Promise Gardens this winter and late fall! The temp today is 6 degrees and very icy so I can only observe from windows. It is snowing again and the sun is shining at the same time…awesome!
“THE SPECKLED sky is dim with snow,
The light flakes falter and fall slow;
Athwart the hill-top, rapt and pale,
Silently drops a silvery veil;
And all the valley is shut in
By flickering curtains gray and thin.”
_John T. Trowbridge
The snow has fallen and created beautiful landscapes in the Promise Gardens. It’s beauty takes our breath away but like all horticulture and garden lovers, the heavy wet snow has already taken its toll this early in season. Last night in below freezing temps we had to upright some of the evergreen trees and add additional support. Some of the older large trees will need to come down. Snow on the trees is beautiful but also damaging. We are enjoying capturing the beauty while it lasts. The birds however are delighted to munch on the berries so brightly showing on the white snow!
If you have snow take a walk but watch out for falling snow, branches and trees! See more of our snow images at our JayJacy blog.
…to the Promise Gardens and we are ready for it. How beautiful is snow when it falls and waters the gardens. We expect 12-15 inches of snow — we wait to capture it and behold its glory. And so we wait for Spring again.