It snowed all afternoon and into the evening and this was the scene when we woke up this morning. A nice layer of heavy snow hanging on everything. The silvery light through the trees was magical and every single branch had a layer of white icing running its length. The birds were busy and David saw a small hawk, we think a Merlin, though it was a fleeting glance, we have had them here before. A little while later we spotted a red-tail eating a small bird or rodent for its breakfast in a tree out beyond the garden shed. Puffy tufts at the top of the pine trees were all golden against a brilliant blue sky.
I'm just in from leading a kids hike out at Triangle Land Conservancy's Johnston Mill Nature Preserve. 6 hardy parents and 9 kids ventured forth, even though the temperature never climbed above 40 today. We had a fine time strolling the trails, looking for signs of wildlife and the kids throwing lots of snowballs. A big time was had by all and I was very happy to return to the warm house and a cup of hot tea.
The cold weather is slated to continue right on through the week with a low of 19 predicted for Wednesday night- Brrrrrr.