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An Icy Wonderland

Category: Sharing Garden photos | Posted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 12:25 am

This weekend we had 3 inches of snow, followed by freezing rain. Fortunately we had plenty of warning because we don't usually have much snow. The temperature stayed below freezing so it created an icy wonderland. We were fortunate that we did not have to get out on the icy streets. But it didn't stop me from getting out with my camera. I just walked in the crunchy snow.

We had a wolf moon and despite the cloudy skies due to the storm. The moon seemed very bright.
"Native Americans call the first Full moon of the year as wolf moon. It is generally unusually brighter and bigger. According to the astronomers, the wolf moon is almost 30% brighter as well as 14% wider than regular full moons. This happens because the moon revolves round the Earth in an elliptical orbit and at the time of the wolf moon it comes closer to Earth than usual. According to the Native American folklore, hungry wolves howl in chilly wintry nights glaring at the full moon. "

I did not get any photos on the evening of the 30th but I was out early in the morning to catch the moon before it disappeared from sight.


Wolf Moon...Jan.30, 2010 ( photo / image / picture from gfreiherr's Garden )



Wolf moon...Jan 30, 2010 ( photo / image / picture from gfreiherr's Garden )

Here are the photos from my walk around the neighborhood:



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view from the deck ( photo / image / picture from gfreiherr's Garden )



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The sun came out on Sunday afternoon and the ice crusted tree & shrubs sparkled like diamonds. Unfortunately, I could not get that sparkle to show up in the photos...it was just magical.



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sunset Jan 31, 2010 ( photo / image / picture from gfreiherr's Garden )





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Comments

 

kuntrygal wrote on Tue Feb 02, 2010 12:48 am:


I saw the moon that night and thought is was brighter than usual. Also shaped rather funny.Thanks for the history lesson.

My those pictures are beautiful. An icy wonderland for sure. Thanks for braving the elements in order to share.




 

daisybeans wrote on Tue Feb 02, 2010 12:56 am:


I know what you mean about magical icy trees. Your 7th pic of the icy tree against the brick is pretty special! The wolf moon was gorgeous here too. HUGE!




 

Accidental Gardener wrote on Tue Feb 02, 2010 1:08 am:


Gail, this had to remind you of NJ. Daisy Beans is right that icy tree picture is a keeper. I believe if you sent it to your local newspaper they would publish it or at least put it on their website. Just beautiful.

I wanted to take astronomy in college but ended up taking geology, your blogs make me realize I should have followed my heart.




 

dooley wrote on Tue Feb 02, 2010 1:23 am:


I wanted to go out and look at the moon that night but it was very windy and cold so I didn't go out but long enough for the dog to do her nightly check. Nice pictures but you can keep the snow, please. dooley




 

gfreiherr wrote on Tue Feb 02, 2010 1:25 am:


That 7th picture is a coral bark maple, it is in my neighbor's yard and is gorgeous even without the ice. Thanks for all your comments.




 

glendann wrote on Tue Feb 02, 2010 1:35 am:


I think all of your photos are wonderful but the seventh one gets my vote too.




 

Kay wrote on Tue Feb 02, 2010 3:46 pm:


Gail, What pretty, wintery photos! Winter does have its own beauty. I too saw that big, bright moon, as it was cold and clear in my sky over the plains.




 

desertflower wrote on Tue Feb 02, 2010 9:49 pm:


Wow, just beautiful! Thanks for the moon information. I didn't know any of that. I love the picture of the tree with ice that is light against the red brick. I goofed up and didn't get any good ice/snow pic's. Maybe I'll get some muddy snow slush pic's.




 

Droopy wrote on Wed Feb 03, 2010 7:20 pm:


I learn something new every day on the Stew. :D You're showing some lovely photos here, the ice on your trees is sooo decorative. I'm sorry to say that the beauty of our winter escapes me at the moment. Guess I've just had enough of it.




 

Sjoerd wrote on Fri Feb 05, 2010 12:55 am:


Hi Gail, I thought that I made an entry here the day you posted...but I don't see it. Oh well.

I just wanted to say what a nice group of fotos these are. I especially liked the next to last one. The backlighting of the sun shining on those clear-water ice looks spectacular.
I find that picture very special.





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