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The Days Were Clear and Bright

March 9th, 2010

The days were clear and bright. Laura and Mary stood on chairs by the window and looked out across the glittering snow at the glittering trees. Snow was piled all along their bare, dark branches, and it sparkled in the sunshine. Icicles hung from the eaves of the house to the snowbanks, great icicles as large at the top of Laura’s arm. They were like glass and full of sharp lights.

Laura Ingalls Wilder (Little House in the Big Woods)


One of my favorite things to see in the winter are icicles. We don’t get them very often since our home is well insulated, but when the sun shines brightly on a cold day it melts the snow on our dark roof. This makes icicles form on our front porch. They’re so lovely with the blue skies behind them and the sun making them sparkle. They don’t last long, one moment they’re gracing the front porch and the next they’re gone. I’m glad I got out to capture a few photos when I did, they were beautiful.



It took me a few patient moments to catch this drip falling from the icicle. If you look at the large image you can see that the drop reflects the ground upside down, wonderful!

Icicles are one of my favorite parts of winter, they always seem to come as the days get longer and sun gets warmer. I especially love them on days like this when they sparkle in the sunlight, it’s almost as if they’re announcing the coming of spring! Most likely there will be no more icicles this winter. They will give way to leaves that will clog the gutters.

What’s your favorite part of winter, the snow, the ice, the cooler weather for your southerners?

10 Comments to “The Days Were Clear and Bright”
  1. Amy on March 9, 2010 at 10:16 am

    I love the way the light catches the snow and it looks as if the ground is covered in diamonds.

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  2. warren on March 9, 2010 at 11:19 am

    The end of it…that’s my favorite part
    .-= warren´s last blog ..A new belt =-.

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  3. Jaspenelle on March 9, 2010 at 11:54 am

    I love sunrise’s colors painted across fresh snow. I also love animal tracks on snow, especially little bird feet!
    .-= Jaspenelle´s last blog ..Family Work Day =-.

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  4. sweetlife on March 9, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    great pics…we have no snow here in rio grande valley texas but I love having cooler weather…and the food of comfort!!

    sweetlife
    .-= sweetlife´s last blog ..Feeling better, Sopping Up, Moving and Thanks… =-.

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  5. melissa on March 9, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    Definitely the cooler weather. So nice to have some relief. Although since this is the longest winter I ever remember having I am, for the first time in my entire life, READY FOR SPRING!
    .-= melissa´s last blog ..Productivity! =-.

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    • Susy on March 9, 2010 at 1:11 pm

      It definitely feels like it’s been a LONG winter here as well. I’m excited for spring, yet still enjoying the restfulness of winter. Won’t be long till there’s not a moment to waste with so many garden chores.

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  6. Pampered Mom on March 9, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    Love the pictures! We don’t get any icicles on our roof, either. Today started out fairly warm, though and even more snow is melting! I am so glad that Spring is on its way.
    .-= Pampered Mom´s last blog ..I’m Dating… =-.

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  7. deedee on March 9, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    girl, you are such a gifted photographer! those are unbelievable photos! especially the one with the drip:)

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    • Susy on March 10, 2010 at 1:38 am

      Thanks DD

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  8. MAYBELLINE on March 10, 2010 at 12:29 am

    Oh, the cooler weather. Definitely the cooler weather.
    Your photos are superb.
    .-= MAYBELLINE´s last blog ..Garden Update =-.

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