Sunday, January 20, 2013

Frosty Mornings - Foggy Nights


Our lovely sunny weather continues, but it has brought with it freezing temperatures. 

We wake up to beautiful frosty mornings. 

But by evening, we are engulfed in thick fog. 

This has resulted in a sugar coated world, each new morning. 


As the fog dissipates, I put on my thick winter coat and head out to feed the birds. 


A little flock of Chestnut-Backed Chickadees fly around my head as I fill the feeder. They are nearly tame and don't seem to mind my presence. 


The morning sun illuminates the frost covered branches as I take a little walk around. 


This little Red Huckleberry bush takes on a ghostly quality as the frost highlights each tiny branch. 


Beautiful in every season, Red Huckleberries grow in rotted stumps (they love acid conditions) and live many, many years. This one provided my children with berries when they were very small, nearly 30 years ago and continues feeding the birds each summer. 


The house nearly disappears in the glowing landscape. 


The giant Hemlock looks as if it is etched in white. 


Everything takes on an unworldly beauty, even lowly weeds. 


The Holly leaves are edged in white, showing off their lethal spines. 


But the most amazing find was this remnant of a spider web. 


Normally invisible, it came to life right outside my front door! Hidden among the ferns, but now highlighted like a child's string weaving. 


Nature's magic on a Frosty morning. 

Only to disappear once again in the sun warmed air. 


But as the afternoon turns into dusk, the fog rolls in once more. 


To perform it's magic once again. 


I want to take this moment to thank you, Dear
Reader's Friends for all of your lovely comments. 

I read each and every one. 

They make me smile. 

They make me laugh. 

And sometimes they bring a tear. 

But they always touch my heart. 

And all are treasured. 

I also want to welcome all of my new followers. 

I love sharing and getting to know you all. 

I've learned so much from reading your blogs and sharing your thoughts. 

I wish we all lived next door to each other. 

But until then.....thank you for being there! 

xoxo

57 comments:

  1. Amazing photos.
    I admire your energy and creativity.
    Thank you very much for your wonderful comments.

    I wish you a wonderful week.

    Yannis Politopoulos

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    1. Thank you, Yannis for visiting all the way from Greece! I wish you a wonderful week, too! xx

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  2. All is magic! you really had glorious morning! and I love the spider's web :)

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    1. Have a magical week, Delvalina and thank you for visiting. <3 xx

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  3. Dearest Karen,
    The most amazing is that spider's weaving! Pieter and I were discussing that the other day, how do they manage at times to hang their web in-between two trees or branches for that matter?
    Lovely, frost edged photos. It feels crisp but it is a healthy cold with very clear and no doubt unpolluted air in your area.
    Love the smart feeder for your Chikadees with on both sides a place for the suet! Did you buy it like that?
    Hugs to you and yes, blogging is great for weaving our web around the world... Thanks for being that friend!
    Mariette

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    1. Dear Mariette, spider's are amazing little things, aren't they? As long as they stay outside! I don't know how many times I have run face first into a spider web, though! Gives me the shivers...I did buy the feeder like that, it is metal and glass. Makes it very convenient and the squirrels can't get a foot hold. (I feed them in another feeder away from this one). Love your comment -weaving our web around the world- Thank YOU for being such a good friend! xx

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  4. I love the fog we've been having - and the frosty mornings, a rarity for around here - but I see we are going back to our rainy pattern - but I love rain too. (And I'm crazy for spring). The spider web photos are past amazing - they really show the construction - great shots. Lovely post.

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    1. Hi JoAnn, I know, this weather is quite amazing, not like the usual drippy weather. I am looking forward to warmer weather, though. Hopefully by Tuesday! Loved your foggy photos on your blog! Have a wonderful week! xx

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  5. Good morning, Karen! It's 10:30 here in the east, 7:30 by you. I guess you must be waking up to another fog-frost morning. The picture of the spider's web blew me away. It looked like a Halloween decoration made of clothesline! How big was the spider that made it?
    xxoo, m

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    1. Good morning to you, Maureen! I laughed when I read your question - yes it is a big spider that weaves that web - it is one of those 'field spiders' or 'garden spider' with the yellow and black markings. Similar to the ones you have 'Back East' as we call it, but not as distinctively marked. Thanks for stopping by! xx

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    2. Yeah, we have Garden Orb Weavers here. Nearly had a heat attack when I first saw him set up shop on my patio. He worked so fast, too! I put up yellow caution tape so no one walked through it.

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  6. Karen, your pictures of the frost are just beautiful. But that spiderweb is amazing! It does look like it was made of heavy string, or someones crochet project! Thanks for sharing and have a great day. (I'm home sick with hardly any voice:(

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    1. Hi Cindy, sorry you are not feeling well! It is going around! I had the 'no voice' thing a few weeks ago. Cuddle up. I hope you feel better soon <3

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  7. I love hoe the sun is shining off of the frosted trees in those first couple of pics. Absolutely mesmerizing.

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    1. Thanks, Keith, I hope your day is very nice! Thanks for always stopping by! xx

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  8. Lovely frosty photos, Karen! But that spiderweb is just amazing!
    Have a great week.

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    1. Thank you, Barb, I hope your week is wonderful, too! Thank you for visiting. xx

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  9. Gorgeous photos, Karen! I love it when the clouds are low and everything is covered in icy frost - so wonderful!!!
    Stay warm!
    Hugs,
    Zuzu

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    1. Hi Zuzu, it does make the ordinary day seem quite special. You would know about that, your recent photos of a similar event were spectacular! Hugs to you, enjoy your week! xx

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  10. really beautiful. loved the frosted trees and grasses. but the marvel of the spider web made me smile. :)

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  11. I love these frosty icy mornings too - and when everything is white! it reminds me when I lived by a lake - it's like another world..
    Hugs -- all your photos are so well taken...

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    1. Thank you, Kristeen, lakes do have lots of fog, don't they! Hugs to you! xx

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  12. Something about the foggy pictures - mystical stuff!

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    1. Yes, fog does give you a different perspective - love when you visit! xx

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  13. Oh I love coming here it is like a little vacation for me. I love the thought of the Huckleberries feeding your children and now the birds.
    Beautiful beautiful Thank you for sharing all this. Hug B

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    1. Thank you, Buttons, I feel the same way when I visit you! I hope your camera gets back in business soon and stay away from that crazy cow! xx

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  14. Your photography is spectacular! I loved every shot...thanks so much for sharing!
    The frosted spider's web was amazing.



    Ciao bella.
    Creative Carmelina

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    1. Wonderful to have you visit, Carmelina! I hope you have a very creative week! You are so talented! xx

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  15. Again....such lovely images! This is when I wish I lived outside of town, even though it's a small town, so I could have easier access to the natural beauty as you do.

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    1. Hi Evelyn, thank you and I'm glad you stopped by! xx

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  16. Love, love all the frosty shots but that spider web has got to be the most amazing shot I've seen of one. It looks like rope and the intricate pattern is mind blowing. Excellent captures!

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    1. Thank you, Carletta, I was surprised myself! Wonderful when you stop by! xx

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  17. The spider web!!! Wow! You do realize that your photos are magazine worthy, don't you? :) Lovely, all of them!

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    1. Thank you, Wendy, very kind of you! *blush*

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  18. All these photos are so gorgeous! Especially the spider web. You live in such a beautiful place :)

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  19. Such beautiful views. And the spider web pictures are really awesome.

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    1. Thank you for visiting, Olga, and for your sweet comment! xx

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  20. Gorgeous photos! Your new profile pic is so pretty!

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  21. Karen, I can look at this post all day. The photo's and words brought such serenity into my heart and for a while, they took me away from my uncertainties, that's a gift. The web is amazing and I can almost feel the frost in the air and trees. All so very beautiful, thank you.   

    Madison:-) 

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    1. That's so sweet, Madison. Thank you for visiting me! xx

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  22. These are extremely beautiful pictures!

    www.modernworld4.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, Gina! I will stop by for a visit, thanks for visiting me! xx

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  23. Amazing photographs, Karen! Makes me miss the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. That is the most unbelievable spider web that I have ever seen - it is so thick that it does look like string! Hope all is well with you...

    Blessings,
    Dianne
    www.sweetjourneyhome.com

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  24. What a lovely post, Karen...I always think that type of frost is like a fairyland! So beautiful! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  25. Hi Karen,
    Oh I knew you would have lovely pics of this crazy freezing fog, the spider web is stunning! The ice makes for a magical world. Oh and I love Huckleberries:-)
    Hugs,
    Bella

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  26. You weave as beautiful a winters tale as the spider's frosty web. I love the way write, Karen.
    Your lovely scenes bring back splendid memories of winters past when we lived in the north.

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  27. beautiful post! thank you for taking me on a walk with you this morning, i enjoyed it! :)

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  28. Your pictures are stunning, you sure know how to capture the beauty of your surroundings. I can feel the chill in the air from here:-) Thanks so much for sharing and for stopping by my blog too:-)

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  29. Very nice series. I'm getting cold by looking at them ;-)

    Greetings from the Netherlands!

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  30. I love the pictures of the spider webs! Wow! What beautiful shots! I look forward to journeying along with you! Have a great week!!!

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  31. I love your photos Karen!So beautiful!

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  32. Stunning photos.. The spider web looks like string.. quite Amazing!! Thank you for sharing... Hugs May x x x

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  33. Magic - that's what you're experiencing! <3

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