Life is full of little surprises! Just when I was adjusting to the change from summer to autumn, a real cold spell arrived, and changed the mood completely! In the valley, there was a definite chill in the air this morning. Brent decided it was a good day to go to the mountains for another pick-up load of firewood, and I decided to ride along. We were half way up the mountain when the landscape changed from greens and golds to a dusting of beautiful white. Snow was coating tree branches and leaving a skiff of carpet on the ground below. It seemed so amazing, especially when I thought of the hot weather on the mountain just a few short weeks ago. Isn't it beautiful? A picture cannot do fresh snow justice, though.
Most of the snow had melted in our meadow clearing, as the sunshine is not masked by trees and growth. But the mountain ridges beyond were a medley of sunshine and shadow. Storm clouds and sun's rays melded to create a scene that changed from moment to moment as the winds shifted and the clouds wafted here and there. Majestic!
At the high elevation, my lavender had not bloomed until a few short weeks ago. It still is vibrant and beautiful, but is now dusted with white, powdery snow! Just when I was getting used to the idea of autumn --- arrives winter! A very toasty fire and a bowl of hot soup seemed a perfect way to celebrate winter's arrival on the mountain. Welcome!