Sunday, January 9, 2011

Winter Foliage

First off - a belated Happy New Year to all my bloggy friends! Did I tell you that one of my New Years Resolutions is to be a better blogger, that includes getting around to visit you more often! :-)

It was in the 20's and very sunny at the cabin this weekend. We went on a couple winter hikes and dreamed about never coming home. A lot of you know how much I love winter and wanted to share with you some of nature's handiwork.

I don't know what this plant is, but I liked how the bright red contrasted against the snow.





Look at the snow crystals on this bush glistening in the sun.






Evergreen trees are always one of my favorites.





And here's Scout eating some of nature's handiwork. She wants to let you know that winter is very tasty!

31 comments:

Mildred said...

I've missed you and I'm glad you are ok and just enjoying time at the cabin! Pretty photos and that Scout is cute eating the snow! We are expecting snow and sleet tonight!

Powell River Books said...

We got our first snow since Thanksgiving (US style) last night. We may get a bit more later in the week, but most of it has melted away already. I got my Mom a bird feeder for her condo balcony porch and this morning her faithful Oregon Junco came by leaving tracks in the snow while he was getting his morning fix of seeds. Junco's are usually voracious eaters, but this little guy must be keeping his stash a secret. - Margy

Prim2Pink said...

I love when all the trees & bushes are covered in snow crystals.
Scout sure has gotten big!

Judy

Carol said...

I've been missing you, Shelley! Happy 2011!

Smiles,
Carol

George said...

You had warmer weather than we've had! However, you have much more snow. You've gotten some beautiful pictures of winter scenes. I really like the picture of Scout eating the snow.

Anne said...

I love the winter pictures! Ice-covered trees just take my breath away every time!

happy new year!

Rose Haven said...

I love the winter scenes, too! Especially Scout, eating the snow!! Our Benny LOVEs to eat the snow, too!

Busy Bee Suz said...

Oh, that Scout...always taunting Cocoa and Ozzie with her pretty self!
Winter in your area is gorgeous, but it also appears to be COLD.
Please tell me it is warmer than it appears. :)
xoxxooox

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Shelley, I certainly do miss you --but I know you stay very busy... Your pictures are gorgeous.

We are expecting alot of snow here tomorrow... If it happens, I'm sure I'll take pictures.
Hugs,
Betsy

Sierra Rose said...

Beautiful photos! Can just sense the peaceful winter sounds, sights and smells. Happy New Year.

Sweet hugs,
Sierra Rose

Wall-to-wall books said...

Nice pictures Shelley! I love the one with he red. I love snow pictures with a little red in it, it really makes the red stand out.
It has been really cold here too! We finally got some snow, not a lot just a couple inches.

•♦•The Olde Weeping Cedar •♦• said...

Hi Shelley! :)
HAPPY NEW YEAR-Hope it's off to a wonderful start for ya?!
Beautiful pics...the one with Scout is my fave, of course!

Have a great week!

Debbie said...

Happy New Year to you also! So glad to see you post. We have missed you and your wonderful pictures. We still haven't gotten any snow here... It keeps hitting all around us though. I hope your staying warm!

*hugs*
Debbie

Judy said...

We have been enjoying winter even more since we moved to Southwest Wisconsin. Love your winter pictures.

Patsy said...

Glad you and Scout are back missed you.

grammy said...

great pictures
really love the red (o:
we are really cold here in the Denver area...7 degrees....

NCmountainwoman said...

Great photographs. I'm sure Scout is loving the snow!

Jen said...

Beautiful winter wonderland!
I'm sure you have had a talk with Scout about eating yellow snow. ;)

Charli and me said...

Shelly the pictures are just beautiful! I can almost hear the quiet surrounding your little cabin. Scout is so adorable. I can see she loves the snow. Thank you so much for your kind comments. I will let you know when I am in Petoskey next. I wish you and your family every blessing possible in the coming year and always.

Baby Rocket Dog and Hootie said...

Good to see you and Scout are having a taste of winter!! Give Scout a sloppy kiss from us!
Smooches from pooches,
BabyRcketDog and Hootie

ps-Mommy has been a really lousy secretary for us too...we understand you hoomans are busy.

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

I always emjoy seeing your beautiful photos. I love that red plant photo.
Happy New Year to you too :-)
Blessings,
Marcia
P.S. I'm having a giveaway over at my blog.

Teeny Tiny cabin said...

Beautiful winter photos Shelly! I love snow too-don't mind winter at all. You have to embrace it when you live in the North country and it sure sounds like you do! Scout has grown into a beautiful dog! I sure can relate to your love and enjoyment of her. I think the red plant is called "Sumac"-it's considered a weed tree, but it's beautiful in the Fall with its bright red leaves and always such a lovely red beauty against the white snow in the Winter. Have great day!
Blessings to you from the Cabin,
Claudia

Knatolee said...

Is that not sumac? Here's your fact for the day: you can use sumac "bobs" (the red flower heads) to start up your smoker for beekeeping! :)

Happy new Year!

Glacier Dreaming said...

Thanks for the winter photos. It takes me back to my Montana, Minnesota and Illinois days.

Just a little something from Judy said...

It is always good to have you post again. You are missed when you are not here although I totally understand. Your winter photography is as beautiful as ever! Since I like the winter season also, I am especially fond of these pictures. One of my favorites is the one of the evergreen tree.

Hope you are staying warm and keep on having a few free minutes to capture more pictures.

Darren Lambert said...

Great to hear you're back. Looking forward to reading more blogs from you.

The snow and foliage are looking fantastic.

Log Cabins UK

Beck's Bounty said...

The red plant. Sumac.

joated said...

Good to see some of your photos once more. You really need to try to post more often. (And so we don't woory about you so much.)

That red one is a sumac...probably a staghorn sumac. And the birds love those red clusters. I've had two or three different woodpeckers come to the small cluster I've got along the driveway for the vitamin C rich berries that cluster contains.

April said...

Definitely looks like a winter wonderland to me!

jLow said...

I just finished reading your blog from start to now and I am so glad I stumble across you! Love the DOG, love the cat, love the birdies, kinda like the turtle, love the cabin! I look forward to keeping up with you and your crew. Happy Happy New Year. ;o)

Denise said...

Beautiful photos!! What a peaceful cabin you have....looks so cozy, and sounds like you are getting a lot of enjoyment out of it this winter. I've never snow shoe'd but I'd love to try.

I grew up with seasons in VA, MD and NC, but have been in South Florida for over 17 years now...my 3 girls have never seen snow!! Hoping to find some for them next year. ;)

Denise @ Creative Kitchen