Spring is here

IMAG3042This morning when I went to the gym I had to stop and take pictures of the beautiful trees. Thank goodness for cell phones.

Spring is here, oh spring is here!

Although I enjoyed winter, well, let’s be honest, after we had our good snow in January I was ready for it to be over. Winter has its own beauty, especially when snow is covering the tree branches. But, after a while you want the trees to come alive again.

I want to see that stunning green that Jason and I experienced when we first moved to Kingsport.

So, with all that said, you can only imagine how excited I am to see the colors of spring. The light and darker pink tones against the dark of the branches is absolutely stunning.

I’m in awe once again. It’s breathtaking to see what nature is capable of producing.

I’m so glad Jason and I have had the chance to experience the seasons once again.

Needless to say after seeing and experiencing the beauty, that beauty of nature’s cycle of life, I was in a great mood before walking through the doors at the gym.

Beauty

Every snow storm that comes our way brings a beautiful robin that plays in the branches right outside our door. Every time I would grab my camera, have it ready to start snapping away, this beauty would fly away and make it impossible to capture him.

Well, I’m happy to say that today he granted my wish as he flew from branch to branch close enough to take pictures.

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IMG_1095He even took the time to look straight at me and pose while I snapped away.

Today, Winter Storm Pax continues to show its presence. The snow is still falling this morning, creating more of a blanket of white all around our home. I wonder when it’s going to let up. I want to make a larger snowman and Jason wants to go sledding down our driveway. That sled ride will definitely be an adventure, one that I will capture.

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IMG_1100This has definitely been a true winter for Jason and I. We have experienced the cold temperatures, at one point -2, and a good amount of snow. It’s different from Florida winter’s that’s for sure.

 

Frozen

This morning Jason woke me up as the sun was rising, so we could see more of Kingsport covered in snow. He’s so good to me, on his day off he woke up much earlier than on the days he works, just so I could see the sunrise.

It was beautiful, oranges filled the sky as the sun slowly made its way up. I don’t know if it was the sunrise that made me smile, or that the sun was actually making an appearance today.

IMG_1025After driving downtown, Jason took me to one of my favorite spots, the Kingsport Greenbelt.

One of the ducks was laying in the snow, which instantly made me cold. IMG_1033

Every time I see and hear the ducks it takes me back to when I lived on the farm in Illinois. Mom had a duck, pure white, named Matilda. It used to lay on the pool cover in the winter and talk to Mom all the time. So Mom, you consumed my thoughts this  morning, you were with me as I watched the ducks do their thing.

Shortly after I spotted the first duck on the bank, I heard quite a few more chatting as the swam. A cluster slowly made its way down to where I was standing, sinking in the snow.

IMG_1034Part of Reedy Creek was frozen on the Greenbelt this morning, which only reminded me just how cold it was outside. It was really pretty to see snow around the creek and on the trees. Another beautiful moment created by this Winter Storm Leon.

IMG_1026  IMG_1027  IMG_1030  IMG_1031 IMG_1028Since we don’t have boots and I was only wearing my running shoes, my toes started to get really cold. I took a few more pictures before heading back to Jason’s warm car.

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I’m glad Jason woke us up early so we could see more of the snow that swept through the area yesterday. That same quietness that I heard last night, surrounded me again as I stood by the creek this morning. As the sun made its way through the trees, the white glistened, promising a beautiful day. A spray of snow started to sweep off the trees as the sun began to melt what accumulated on the branch, creating another beautiful sight to see.

I’m glad Jason and I moved to the mountains and got to experience the seasons this year. The fall was absolutely breathtaking with the change of colors and the winter, well I still don’t know how to put into words the beauty that it holds, that white coverage.

When we arrived back home, Jason’s car said -2 . . . yep this Florida girl had enough of the cold for a couple of hours. I think I might just admire the view from the windows of our warm home for a little bit.

Fresh coat of white

Yep, I got snuggled up again and went outside for round two of photographs, since it stopped snowing. This time I put on an extra layer, as well as gloves.

As soon as I walked off our deck, my foot sunk in the snow. I’m not going to lie, it made me smile.

IMG_0974The first time it snowed after we moved to Tennessee was Nov. 27, 2013. I remember Jason making fun of me every time I looked out the window and saw snowflakes and got excited. Well, that’s what happens after living in Florida for more than 20 years, you get excited.

When Jason and I went to visit his sister in Illinois a few years ago for Christmas, it snowed on Christmas Eve, the first time I saw snow since we moved from Illinois when I was 8-years-old. So, it was quite exciting when Jason told me it was snowing . . . we put on our coats and headed out of the hotel to stand in it.

Here are some more snow pictures . . .

Jason’s car has accumulated a little more snow since earlier today. That flat tire may just have to wait a little longer. Good thing I work from home and I don’t have anything scheduled to cover for next week yet . . .

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My favorite part about looking outside is seeing where the snow has piled . . .

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The trees are my favorite. I love seeing snow in the middle of the tree or along the tree branches.

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IMG_0979Or the grass on the ground, with twigs sticking out of the snow.

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While I was taking pictures I heard our neighbor trying to get up our little hill of our driveway. So, I headed over to the other side to take some pictures.

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IMG_0965This area always grabs my attention, I love the vines that come down.

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Would you like to have a seat?

IMG_0976After taking more than 40 pictures, I decided to come back inside since my hands were becoming numb, making the rest of my body cold.

White blanket

IMG_0923Repeatedly over the last few weeks, the meteorologist have said we would get snow. Yes, we would get a flurry here and there, but not enough to stick to the ground. It’s weird you kind of build up this excitement when you hear you may get an inch of snow, just for the pure beauty of that white blanket.

It also justifies the extremely cold weather. Right now it’s 24 degrees, with a forecasted low of 9 degrees tonight. Who would have thought NE Tennessee would get this cold? I sure didn’t.

The temperatures have been absolutely freezing lately, yes freezing for me. When you are used to the chilly Florida winter’s, 30, 20 and even the teens are way too cold. So, again, when you look out the window and see the snow falling, actually collecting, it makes the cold weather bearable if you will.

When I woke up I looked out the window and the snow was coming down, almost like a white rain. Every once in a while the snow falls sideways as the wind grabs a hold of the flakes.  So I put on Jason’s huge jacket, my hat and slippers with camera in hand to take a few pictures.

IMG_0924Since Jason’s car has a flat tire, his remains in the driveway today, instead of mine. He had to take my car because he is doing  a double at the restaurant today.

I walked out onto the fresh snow and left a few foot prints. So what did I do after I saw that initial footprint, walk in a circle, haha. It’s the simple things in life. Yes, this simple act left a smile on my face.IMG_0927 I had my little moment in the snow.

I hope we get that predicted amount of snow, so maybe we can build a small snowman. Or, just have a pretty blanket of white covering the ground. There is something magical about the snow, a pure beauty when falling, especially when there is enough to stick to the ground.

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I know it’s not a lot of snow . . . especially when seeing some of the snow in the northern states. But it’s enough to make me smile and of course admire from inside my warm, cozy townhouse.

I’m sure I will go out in the snow again as the day goes on to take more pictures as the snow collects on the trees, branches and the ground.