The activities changed--from sledding to skiing as I grew up--but the mindset never did. A first-snow day for the season was something to be celebrated.
So when our first "real" snowstorm of the 2024 winter arrived over last weekend, I planned to try to take some time with my camera to revel in the white stuff. A predicted 9 - 12 inches for our area, actually saw 7.5 inches when all was said and done--enough to have a great snow day, but not enough to bring normal life to a standstill.
Birds and Snow
When snow covers the ground, our feeder stations bring plenty of birds in for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They are pretty used to me filling feeders and some of them don't even wait until I hang the feeder back up to start sitting in limbs above me, so sitting with my camera on the patio is not something that scares them away.
Setters Love Snow
Our two setters, Talley and Lilah, are all about snow. It is one of the only times Lilah is so overcome with excitement, she actually allows Talley to play with her. Lilah is a princess who normally doesn't mix with the commoners.
With the photo I took of Talley, I decided to use an AI background to make it more interesting. Talley often HATES to come in from the snow, so she will sit as far away from you as she can in the yard with this exact look on her face. I thought the lone tree represented her feelings pretty well.
Horses Love Snow
Our horses, Roo and Eagle, LOVE LOVE LOVE the snow. I put this photo on my Facebook personal page, because it was just the best moment to capture Eagle making horsey snow angels.
Eagle is in his winter coat right now, as is Roo. Both are good buddies, but Eagle is the boss. Eagle is a Pinto, about 15.3 hands and one of the best horses we have owned. Roo is a Percheron cross, and has his moments, but is generally an all-around good man.
We have had other dogs who enjoyed the snow day extravaganzas as well. Unfortunately, they are no longer with us, but here is a small tribute to them.
Moe (bottom left) was up to his neck in snow, walking through the tunnels we make the dogs in the yard. I'd have to say he pretty much did not care for snow either, although he never gave up his patrol of the fence line, no matter the weather.
Our Bethy would romp with the girls if the snow was not above her head, but in the lower right photo, you can see it was much too much snow for her to do anything but walk the tunnels.
We certainly miss this crew, and not just on snow days.
If you live in a winter climate and got some snow, try to enjoy it. Beauty is all around us in the white stuff for sure. If you have snow loving dogs and would like a session focused on snow days, give me a call. I am always ready to capture a snowmageddon dog world.
And that, my friends, is THE END.
NEW IN 2024
When I can I will be featuring an adoptable pet at the end of the blog post. Be sure to take a peek at handsome, 10-year-old Elliot, available through Above and Beyond English Setter Rescue. His location does not matter, as transport is always arranged. CLICK HERE for more information on Elliot.