Winter Begins

Snow Trek

Sunday, January 12 2020

Here’s a photo from yesterday’s early morning walk with my trio of horses. This street begins our quarter-mile trek toward a neighbor’s pasture. Yesterday, navigating through snow for the first time, happily the critters behaved.

I have a new policy of paying attention to Weather Channel predictions. This morning, it warns us to expect rain and snow. This afternoon, it adds high winds and gusts to 40 mph. Through the week, it expects this weather pattern to continue.

Winter is arriving quickly, and as in some years, perhaps furiously. Meanwhile, yesterday morning’s brief snow left a transforming layer that made this area seem a beautiful holiday card.

After released to pasture, the horses kicked aside snow. With noses plunged deeply into frozen grasses, they sought underlying and more palatable bites.

Leaving the horses to their quests but before starting home, I paused to absorb the quietly-magical surroundings. Like a trip backwards in time, a snow covering erases modernity. This snow transformed western artifacts, that our host collects and sets-around strategically, and made them seem more relevant.

I began walking home after waving a final goodbye to the horses.

Exit lane from ranch

I couldn’t resist photographing previously-captured scenes. This snow endowed the common with special qualities.

Looking north
Looking south

Highlighted details compelled from all sides of my pathway. I stopped to stare, absorb, and let imagination loose.

And simply, enjoyed.

As predicted, new snow is beginning to fall. Today, I’m scheduled to work and will keep the horses home. If there’s a large downfall, that open pasture hasn’t a shelter.

Dear Friends: Even with snow this mild winter feels less cold than usual. Diana

One thought on “Winter Begins

  1. These are really fun images. 40MPH winds? Probably won’t ride today!😕

    On Sun, Jan 12, 2020 at 8:09 AM Diana’s Morning Blog wrote:

    > trailriderincentraloregon posted: ” Snow Trek Sunday, January 12 2020 > Here’s a photo from yesterday’s early morning walk with my trio of horses. > This street begins our quarter-mile trek toward a neighbor’s pasture. > Yesterday, navigating through snow for the first time, happily the cr” >

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