Winter Wonderland. It’s Snow-homish County! Updated Tuesday 1-14

Winter Wonderland. It’s Snow-homish County! Updated Tuesday 1-14

The news media and local government have been talking about nothing else for the past few days, than the huge winter storm that was bearing down on us.  We saw weather maps with swirls of clouds, and were admonished to “prepare for the storm” by laying in supplies of blankets, candles, flashlights, and food that can be eaten right out of the bag or can without being heated.  Stevens Pass over the Cascade Mountains is closed indefinitely, due to downed trees and power lines.

The snow started last night, and Hubby had to sweep the snow off his car so we could go out for dinner.

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I got in the trusty all-wheel-drive SUV at 5:40AM today, and drove to work.  Here are a couple of pictures I took on the drive home this afternoon.

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These trees are in a park right next to the building where I work.

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This is along the road by the local airport, just down the way from work.

Winter wonderland, indeed.

And here are more snow pictures, around our house on Tuesday afternoon.

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This is the “green space” right next to our house.  Last year, one of those trees fell right across the street.  There are big Western Red Cedars and some alders (which grow really fast, and fall often, since their roots are very shallow).

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These cedars are in the neighbor’s yard just to the south of our house.  That’s our fence in the lower left corner.  These trees drop scales all autumn, making our yard look reddish-brown.

And there are multiple new stories in the news today, warning us of more snow and high wind coming.

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Trees Were Coming Down All Around Us

Eastbound Snoqualmie Pass re-opens after Spinouts

And, a view of a snow-dusted Snoqualmie Falls

I love Winter, and just hope none of those trees falls on our house!

Snow Birds

I love watching the birds that come to our seed and suet feeders in the back yard.  Especially when it’s snowing.  Here’s who showed up the last couple of days.

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Our Varied Thrush has a bug in her beak!  They are carnivores, like their Robin cousins.

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A pair of Song Sparrows.  They were fighting Juncos and Chickadees for the feeder stations.

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Junco atop the suet feeder, waiting his turn at the seed feeder.

Below are visitors from previous years.

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My very favorite has to be the little masked Townsend’s Warbler. Isn’t he cute?

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Thirteen Common Bushtits on our Suet Feeder, January 2012

I could just watch them all day long.

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This is our back yard last Sunday.

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This is the parking lot at work Monday.

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This is right out my front door about a half-hour ago.  We love standing at our kitchen window and watching the birds at our two feeders (seed and suet).  The cat likes watching them, too.  We will get 4-6 inches this weekend, and I will post more pictures later.  I love snow!

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Kikyo watching out the second-floor bedroom window.

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Our backyard this morning!  The snow is so heavy, it knocked over both of our old Arborvitae that have been here since 2000 when my house was built.

Winter is here. Local winters in past years.

Living in the Pacific Northwest (AKA Pacific North-Wet), means mostly rain and not much snow.  However, the Cascade and Olympic Mountains are within a 2-hour drive from most places.  Here are some pictures of the area where I live, from previous years.junco-sparrow

My own back yard bird feeder, with a junco and song sparrow.

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This is the parking lot where I work.  January of 2011, where the snow started around 7PM the previous night, but people were distracted much of the day, admiring the snow-covered trees.

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The ski area at Stevens Pass, along Highway 2 in the Cascade Mountains, about an hour from our house.

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Snow “sculpture” in my back yard.

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Downtown Leavenworth in winter, looking west down Front Street

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This has got to be my favorite winter bird picture. He’s a Townsend’s Warbler, and he comes back every year, even when it doesn’t snow, like here in 2012.  He looks like a little bandit, with his black mask.

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Bryce Canyon, from Rainbow Point

This one’s a ringer!  That picture of Bryce was taken in October, and certainly not local!

Anyway, here’s to Winter, bringer of Cold, but Beautiful!