Friday Mental Meanderings: New toys, more from the Arboretum, and snow-walk photography attire

Dawes Arboretum: Fallen. Photo copyright Jen Baker/Liberty Images; all rights reserved. Pinning is okay.

As I’m still feeling quite under the weather (in fact, yours truly is waiting for one of her doctors to call!) I do hope you do not mind more photos of Dawes, since I have not felt up to much else—though of course several good post ideas presented themselves to me in the past few days—isn’t that always the way? Fear not, they’re written down!

The top photograph in this post has proven to be quite popular, with over 3,000 views since I posted it Wednesday night (this morning it had only 1,800!). This is encouraging, because the way the roots of the fallen tree seemed to be reaching out really captured my imagination, resulting in my spending quite a bit of time crouching in the snow to get the photo just right. Based on the response, I must have done! That’s encouraging. What do you think (by the way, a glimpse of my girly wintery woodland-wandering attire is at the end of the post)?

Dawes Arboretum. Photo copyright Jen Baker/Liberty Images; all rights reserved. Pinning to this page is okay.

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Monday Escape: A wintry trio from Dawes

Golden: Dawes Arboretum in Winter

Good morning! We won’t be all Dawes, all the time, but for one thing, there are no classic car shows in Ohio in winter, and for another, I spent part of the weekend a smidgen under the weather. Besides: To my mind, few things give us a leg up on the week better than the soul-soothing beauty of creation.

Footpath: Dawes Arboretum in Winter

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Wintertime Stroll With Ben

It’s not certain we’ll have a white Christmas, but we have had a white December! Wintertime Stroll

It has also been rather cold for this time of year (usually it’s not so bone-chilling until mid-January), but a fresh coating of snow makes the outdoors tempting indeed.

Wintertime Stroll

Ben, of course, adores the snow—with that big coat of his, it’s almost as if he’s made for it! He even has a specific snow-investigation procedure: Continue reading

The first real snow of the season

Snow-covered basil

Yesterday, we awoke to the sight that makes adults grown and children giddy: A fresh (albeit light) blanket of snow on the ground. An overnight downpour turned into snow, leaving a few inches on the ground. It has snowed a couple of times already this season, but this is the first one to stick, thus in my mind it’s the first snow.

Ben's happy.

A certain collie was as giddy as local schoolchildren probably were (particularly once the latter realized a mere two inches of snow did not mean cancellation of school). Benedict, for reasons you can probably guess at, simply adores winter, and especially snow. He couldn’t wait to get outside and frolic in the stuff!

Our first real snow today

Of course, as I’ve noted several times, it seems the colours have just begun to turn here in central Ohio; thus we have two seasons duking it out for dominance. Though the resolution of said battle is already predetermined, I can’t help but admire fall’s tenacity.


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