hello, 2013

hello 2013

What a difference a day makes. Here come some photos of what yesterday morning looked like:

snow on the crape myrtle

snow on grasses

This morning: still cold out there, but with sunshine lighting things up.

snow on Poncirus trifoliata

The ice in the bird bath and the frost on the ground testify to the temperature, but the sun makes itself known.

sun on cherry branches

Because the sun is coming in at such a low angle, it lights up these cherry branches while leaving the background in shadow. Dramatic, isn’t it?

‘Heavy Metal’ Panicum

Any year that starts out with a sunny day holds lots of promise. I look forward to sharing its highs and lows and in-betweens with you, my blogging buddies. Happy New Year!

15 Responses to “hello, 2013”

  1. James Says:

    Happy 2013 to you too! Looks like you’ve got a nice seasonally frosty start for the new year. I’m feeling extra-empathetic right now because the heater broke last night and the inside of the house is feeling like your photos look. Well, stay warm! You’ve got some very cool things to look out on.

  2. Loree/ danger garden Says:

    Yes so true, sun for the first day of the new year does seem to hold promise, I like the way you think! Was darn cold out there though…

  3. Alison Says:

    Happy New Year Ricki! It was sunny and cold up here too. Was that frost in your second picture, or snow?

  4. ricki Says:

    James~Oh dear…I hope you have a wood burning fireplace. Ours gets a real workout these days. I know, I know…I spout off about climate change and still have fires. It’s not my worst flaw, but we won’t go into that.

    Loree~Yep. I couldn’t resist some digging and weeding, frozen fingers notwithstanding.

    Alison~A bit of both, but the snow was fleeting.

  5. Shirley Says:

    Brrr, and we think we are cold down here. The worst is not seeing more than a hint of sun for days. We are a usually sunny climate even in winter.

    Those photos do look promising. Nice textures in your garden.

  6. ricki Says:

    Shirley~The sun manages to give the illusion of warmth, especially when augmented with a brisk uphill walk.

  7. Mark and Gaz Says:

    It was very sunny on the first of January here, and it does make a huge difference in bringing optimism. Wishing you a fab 2013, and hopefully it will be mostly sunny for all :)

  8. Peter Says:

    Happy 2013 Ricki! We had the same cold but sunny start to the new year here but unlike you, I mostly enjoyed it from inside. You’re a braver gardener than I my friend!

  9. linda Says:

    I see “rime” on your leaves… a new word …for me ! I’m still covered in SNOW

  10. ricki Says:

    Mark and Gaz~Well, seeing your sunny faces here already helps.

    Peter~You probably got your fill of the cold tromping around Alaska.

    Linda~Rime is a good word, as is hoar…and many of the words and sayings (Chelsea Chop comes to mind) I picked up from you in the year gone by.

  11. Janet, The Queen of Seaford Says:

    Winter’s sun angles are always great for photos! You got some great ones. Happy New Year!

  12. linniew Says:

    Oh great images Ricki! I love the frozen bird bath with the craggy stems behind, and the light is magical. Here’s to 2013!

  13. ricki Says:

    Janet~It doesn’t show itself very often, but when it does…WOW.

    Linnie~I’ll drink to that! *clink*

  14. Bria Says:

    Wow, you’ve got the Winter garden down. It looks absolutely magical!

  15. ricki Says:

    Bria~Well, a dusting of snow has a way of waving its wand over everything.

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