Snowy backyard

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Two inches of snow this past weekend turned the backyard into a winter wonderland. This is the scene from our dining room window.

The large tree in the foreground is a fifty-year-old silver maple (Acer saccharinum) planted when our house was built. I consider this tree a work of art, and I especially like its twisted bark.

The bird bath, feeder and vine sculpture are part of our efforts to befriend the birds and will be the subject of a future post. It’s hard to imagine, but the large white pine (Pinus strobus) at the back of the yard was our indoor Christmas tree December 1972 -38 years ago.

Kentucky backyard snowman

When I look to the right I see the red maple (Acer rubrum) and the snowman I had fun making before it got so cold – wind chill of 1° predicted tonight. I’m enjoying my temporary backyard “friend,” and I appreciate how the backyard changes with the seasons.

12 thoughts on “Snowy backyard”

  1. Lovely, Betty! That silver maples has incredible structure. As always, the birds are in for a treat in your backyard this winter.

    BTW, I’m reading a wonderful book called The Tree by Colin Tudge. I recommend it.

  2. Beautiful! Have always loved the silver maple but am so impressed to learn that the white pine was your indoor Christmas tree 38 long years ago.

  3. I’m so glad to hear you praise the silver maple; though it’s a tree with soft wood, easily damaged by severe weather, it has other virtues to recommend it. And yours is like a sculptural presence in your yard. Love the whimsical snowman, too! As Emerson said, “Each season of the year has its own beauties.”

    1. Yes, Patsy, silver maples are not among my ten favorite trees but glad for ours. I certainly agree with the Emerson quote. Thanks for sharing.

  4. forgot to mention the snowman…i saw it when loren and i were there. i’m impressed and inspired that you took time to do that. and he is very very cute. gonna try to sign mom up to get your blog notices.

    1. Well, the snowman is now a snow-ghost but I enjoyed him while he was around. If any problem with subscribing for your mom, please let me know.

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