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1/08/2017

Snow Pictures

Hello - and we still have some of our snow from Friday night with us. After yesterday's sunshine and again today, had expected more of the snow to be melted. Our temps didn't go as low as the 6F predicted for last night, but we did get to 17F, which is pretty cold for our area. Yesterday morning, got a few pictures, and while I know this little snowfall is not a lot compared to what many of you get, it's really Big Deal for our area here in Upstate South Carolina. Most things come to a screeching halt, but we did see cars managing to pass in front of the house all day yesterday. There's a big steep hill that one must traverse to leave our subdivision and get out to the local highway that runs past where we live. Didn't see the same cars returning (as can be the case if they can't make it up the hill due to ice), so guess the roads didn't ice under the snow.

Hope you enjoy these. I was especially pleased to be able to capture the little red guy. Tried to get some at the feeder, but I was looking through a window & screen, and results were awful. Decided to open the window, slide up the screen, and was able to snap this little fella. However the air was cold enough, we didn't want that window open very long; also the feeder is close to the window - which is by our kitchen table - so doubt the birds would have felt easy to be at the feeder with this human so close. We saw a lot of bird activity yesterday, and one of the cardinals that visited, was such a glorious golden-brown reddy color. We've seen these before, but usually we either see the brilliant red males, or the drabber red-brown females. I'm sure the golden one was a female, but she had more of the brilliant red in her plumage than the females usually do, and the golden feathers were just so dressy.









Also just posted a new card in the Cards by Friends, and have a few more to share - that were waiting on us when we got back home.

Will be trying to get round to visiting later this evening. Hugs & thanks for  popping by. Stay warm & safe  if there's 'weather' where you are!

48 comments:

scrAPpamondo said...

Lovely shots of the snow, you have a lot of it! The cardinal looks great, how pops out from the white!!
Hugs and TFS

Birgit said...

We have no snow at all in my area. It's strange because it can be snowing in Niagara Falls or I. Welland and here, nothing. We are minus 12celcius which I can't recall what that is in Fahrenheit. The cardinal looks nice and plump:) there is another type of cardinal aside from the usual ones we know. I think it is in y Ur area so maybe that is what you saw. I am taking Christmas decorations down but I plan on making some cards this eve while watching the Golden Globes (and I don't mean all the plunging necklines the gals where to showcase their fake Ta-Ta's.)

Cathy said...

Wonderful pica Mary and what an amazing little bird! We've had heatwaves over here, so it's lovely to look at all of that cool snow! Probably not to be in it for too long though lol! Stay warm and safe, Cathy x

Sarah said...

BEAUTIFUL pictures Mary, particularly the splendid fellow in red!! I have to admit that I am very jealous, I am longing for snow, (although we grind to a halt in the UK when we do get it!!) I love the silence and the magical feel that it brings plus I want to share it with the pups, they would love it!! xx

Loll said...

It's so picturesque with the snow covered trees and bushes Mary. The cardinal is just a beautiful pop of colour against all the white. xx

Carol L said...

TFS such pretty pictures, especially that cardinal! Great shot of his beautiful red color in the white snow! Stay warm!!

Pat said...

What a splendid picture of the Cardinal which looks so bright against the white of the snow Mary. That 17F is a lot colder than we ever get here in the south west. The coldest it tends to get is -10F, and most winters we rarely get more than 2 or 3 degrees of frost. Hope it warms up a bit soon for you. x

crafty-stamper said...

Love the snowy pics -we didn't get one flake last year and non so far so fingers crossed-been really cold here but just wet all the time-still it is Winter
Carol x

Andrea W said...

Beautiful snow pictures. I love the one with the Cardinal. We got a dusting of snow here in Oklahoma this week but nothing like what you received. Warm wishes to you!!!

Liz said...

Gorgeous photos, Mary. TFS We rarely get snow here, but if we get a slight covering, everything seems to grind to a halt! I especially love the photo of the cardinal, so beautiful. xx

Suze said...

Wow - what lovely photographs. I have to agree with the others that the cardinal really pops in that photograph. We are in the middle of summer here but even in winter we don't get any snow so lovely to see your snowy pics.

Valerija said...

Amazing pictures!

Kath said...

Fabulous photos of your snow - stay warm!
Kath x

Sue said...

Hi Mary, Love to see the snow, but not so keen on going out in it.

You are so lucky to have those beautiful Cardinals.

Hope you have a good start to the week. Sue

Viv's Visuals said...

Awesome images of nature in my fave season Mary. I love the snow because to me it makes everything sparkle! Sadly no snow here in England it's just damp and wet (as usual!!) - although the forecast is for a spattering at the weekend... am keeping my fingers crossed!!!
Thanks for sharing. x

Megan J said...

Hi Mary, great pics looks lovely and cool, as Cathy said above we are in the midst of a heat wave, the next week or so won't drop below 30C and we'll see tips around 42C 95-106F... would be quite happy to enjoy the cool if your snow! Thank you for showing us the little cardinal so cute... keep warm... Megan

cuilliesocks said...

Hi Mary lovely photos and super Cardinal Bird.
We have had no snow this year in Inverness, and not much in our mountains, so disappointing, in fact our weather is so unseasonal, all this global warming effect, hope you are well, Kate x

Marilyn said...

Awesome pictures! Love the picture with the cardinal!

Sheila H said...

We got a lot of ice, but no snow. Love the winter wonderland pictures!

Bonnie said...

A beautiful snow, Mary! The ground is all covered but not heaps of snow everywhere! Your cardinal is beautiful! A wonderful picture!

Daffodil Cards said...

GORGEOUS photos, love the Cardinal bird. Love your snow, we have the same falling BUT as RAIN! LOL. we have 46 Fahrenheit at the moment, they are supposed to be 8 Fahrenheit next weekend and maybe snow, we'll see, our weather changes so much here.
Take care and keep warm
Faith
x

Linby said...

Fab photos and the cardinal is just so precious to see in that setting in real life.

I saw a die of trees and cardinal reduced (I'm sure I've seen you use it) and was all ready to break my NY resolution, but it was out of stock!

Kim Heggins said...

Love your beautiful photos of the snow, simply stunning! And that sweet red bird is as incredible as it gets, just love all your fabulous photos.

Petra Swart said...

Hi, Mary, ...haven't been around in Blogland for a long time, but I'm getting to everyone, slowly but surely!!!!! Wishing you a great 2017, my friend - hope it treats you well all the way!!!!!
Your photo's are soooooooo beautiful and it all looks like a fairy tale world!!!!! I have to show these to the boys as they think it has to be super fun to have snow!!!!! I always enjoy it when you share photo's of your nabourhood!!!!! That cardinal is just amazing!!!!
Have a great day and hope the weather will be better soon!!!!
Hugz

*Vicki* said...

I think snow is so pretty! I'm thankful to be able to enjoy the extreme weather for each season although some can't think to be in it, but I happen to love each season. My fave photo is with that beautiful Cardinal bird...he just pops against that snow! :) Thanks for sharing! Greetings from a cold, slightly snow covered Midwest! HUGS

Nancy Stislow said...

Mary, these are just beautiful, pretty enough to use for cards! I enjoyed seeing them!

Lisa said...

What beautiful pictures, Mary!! The cardinal just pops against the snow!! We have about an inch or two on the ground right now but it's supposed to climb to the 60's by Thursday!! What strange weather!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Brenda said...

Your picture are so pretty Momma Mary! I love seeing undisturbed snow in the sunlight. I also love your beautiful cardinal! That's a great picture!! You got as much or maybe even a little bit more than we did of snow!!! Hope that doesn't become a habit! Hugs, Brenda

Jenny L said...

Hi Mary,
what wonderful pictures of your snow.
My I am so sorry to hear you have had snow.
It all looks lovely in pictures, but in real life it can be quite a pain if you have to go out in it, and as we get older we dread falling too.
Luckily we haven't had any snow and don't very often get any either, but we have had nast frosts that look like it has snowed.
Keep warm and stay put if you can till it clears.
Love the photos especially the Red Cardinal he looks gorgeous.
You are so lucky to have such a wonderful colour bird as that in the US.
Love and big warm hugs from my house to yours.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Pia S said...

Beautiful photos, it's how I wish it looks every year for Christmas. No snow at Christmas but we've gotten a little in January. But the temperatures are not stable at all, so it melts, then it freezes, it snows, it rains away, it freezes... etc. The cardinal looks wonderful, I hope one day I'll see one irl. Here we have robins, but I don't think I've actually seen any this year. Or last year.

Sue - said...

Ooh Mary it all looks so pretty in your photos, but it also looks very cold as well. The cardinals really do stand out against the snow.

pam said...

Beautiful photos Mary, what a fantastic shot of that gorgeous Cardinal, wish we had them here. Looks like we will be getting snow later in the week, hate it when it turns slushy and ice.
Take care Pam x

Kathleen said...

Fabulous photo's Mary and what a gorgeous Christmas card the one with the beautiful red bird on would make.
Snow is threatened for us at the end of this week but not too reliable source.

Kath x

JD/ Jill said...

Great pics! The bird pic showed up so nice.! Keep warm!

Donna said...

Beautiful pictures Mary but I'm sure you aren't used to this kind of weather. Hope it melts very soon.

scrappymo! said...

Wow! I bet show is a rarity for you in your area!

The streets must just be crazy though as not everyone is used to driving in the snow.

Your golden bird must be so pretty...love the photos you got so far but we will await the golden bird now!!! lol

Aileen Ryan said...

Having only ever seen snow once in my life it is amazing seeing snow like this and realising that people live with this year in year out. How amazing for you all. And isn't that little red bird wonderful.

Maxine D said...

If we had that much snow I would be blogging it too - we only get a light sprinkle every five years or so!! Love your photos Mary - especially the cardinal, which is not a bird we have here
Blessings
Maxine

Gibmiss said...

Gorgeous snowy pics Mary... that's how I like it on Photo.. Brr!!
Tried t comment on your Xmas card... wouldn't let me do it... so hoping this will work...
gorgeous Xmas Cards...
hugs Sylvie xx

Redanne said...

Lovely, lovely photos Mary, the snow looks wonderful to me and I love the gorgeous little cardinal, love the way his feathers have been puffed up - so cute. Apologies for my late visit, we have been under the weather for a few days and it is hard getting back.... We are expecting snow later this week too! Hugs, Anne xx

Inkyfingers said...

Fabulous photos Mary and like you I especially love the cardinal bird one. Reminds me of the 'black and white with a pop of colour challenges' we get from time to time. Stay warm and safe!

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

Great photos Mary, I so adore the one with the Cardinal bird. The red colour is amazing!

Love and hugs
Maarit

Diane said...

Really lovely pictures Mary, we have had record breaking snow, then ice and then snow. Wow I can't wait for Spring.

Hugs Diane

Darnell said...

Thank you for sharing, Mary! Your photos are so amazing of your winter wonderland! And that cardinal, wow! I am soooo jealous! I've never seen one in real life and was so hoping to be able to do that when I was in NC. Thank you for allowing me to have the next-best-thing!! Hugs, Darnell

Anita in France said...

Wow, amazing photo's, Mary ... we don't have cardinals here at all, so it was fabulous to see this one, so bright red against the crisp white snow ... just beautiful! Hugs, Anita :)

Barb said...

What beautiful photos Mary. They could be on Christmas cards. I love the little Cardinal. I saw one once when we visited Canada. You stay nice and warm. Hot chocolate springs to mind! Barbxx

Shelly Schmidt said...

Your pics are so pretty- and that bird is glorious!!!

nwilliams6 said...

Wow - gorgeous pictures!!! Love the bird. Hugz