Thursday, December 24, 2015

White Christmas 2015

A month ago we had a white Thanksgiving at my mother-in-law’s place in Mount Shasta. That was a wonderful surprise, considering it doesn’t often snow that early any more.

Fast-forward four weeks. We’re back in Mount Shasta for Christmas, and look what Mother Nature has given us:

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A white Christmas!

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In all the years I’ve been coming to Mount Shasta (including the two years we lived here in the 1990s), I don’t think we’ve ever had both a white Thanksgiving and a white Christmas.

All the photos in this post are from Christmas Eve. They were taken on my mother-in-law’s property and at her neighbor’s. The roads hadn’t been cleared yet so I didn’t want to drive anywhere.

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Santa in the barn

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LEFT: Western redcedar  RIGHT: Rhododendron

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Snow clinging to tree trunks

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I love the filigree of the tree on the right

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More redcedar

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Giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum), the last tree my father-in-law planted. It’s just a small sapling now, but it will live forever—and Dick’s memory with it.

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Phyllostachys vivax ‘Aureocaulis’

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Grandma’s house glimpsed through the trees in the backyard

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Grandma’s house, front yard

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Unplowed driveway

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Fresh snow

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Bench under the towering cedars

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The deer doesn’t seem very happy in the snow

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Miscanthus sinensis ‘Super Stripe’

The next set of photos are of the neighbor’s house.

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Manzanita covered with snow

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Mountain ash

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More manzanita

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Cabin in the woods

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This cabin was moved from somewhere in the nearby national forest

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I always feel transported back in time to the Gold Rush

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A few more photos at my mother-in-law’s house:

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Icicles near the office door

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Rain chain

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View from the living room window

While I don’t like the cold, I’m loving the picture postcard views all around us. Christmas couldn’t be more perfect. And in just a few days I’ll be in Arizona where things will look very different.

3 comments:

  1. Simply lovely and so "Christmasy" for those of us who don't often see snow first hand. Thank you for your always beautiful photos.

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  2. All beautiful, but that barn -- it was planned for a day just like this, wasn't it? So beautiful!

    The cabin later in the series is good too, but doesn't have the impact of the barn. I think maybe I need to build a cabin somewhere that has snowy winters just so I can enjoy the view. :)

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