In a weather pattern that is pretty unusual for New Jersey in December, four snowstorms in a ten day period each brought a few inches of snow, sometimes with a mix of freezing rain or sleet. The result? A holiday display visible right outside our windows!
Anyone remember flocked Christmas trees? This snow covered White Pine (Pinus strobus) could be the inspiration for them, although nothing we manufacture could provide such a lovely shelter from the elements and predators for birds in winter.
Other decorations include the aptly named Wreath Goldenrod (Solidago caesia) arching gracefully under its weight of snow.
In place of a candelabra, a Purple Giant Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum) fruit cluster brightens its surroundings, while offering food for Goldfinches, Chickadees and even Dark-eyed Juncos.
No need to string cranberries or make other garlands when the red fruits of Winterberry Holly (Ilex verticillata) blaze on snowy branches.
Like using tinsel or other ‘icicles’ to decorate your tree? One storm provided the real thing. A little ice doesn’t deter this Tufted Titmouse from its pursuit of a meal.
I like bird ornaments on a Christmas tree, but even better are the live models posing outside in the trees
and on the ground below.
Just across the Delaware River from us, Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve was also blanketed with the fluffy white stuff.
Snow-covered fruits and leaves decorated the woods exactly like holiday ornaments dangling from the trees.
Snow tends to be ephemeral around here, and this weekend with temperatures in the 50s and 60s it has almost disappeared. (65°F at 7 o’clock this morning!) But even without the cover of snow, beautiful natural decorations are visible in some form every day of the year. So get out and enjoy them whenever you can!
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Thank you for reminding us all what a beautiful place we live in if we just look. Some of these photos are candidates for Christmas cards!
Thanks, Stephanie! Actually, we were thinking we should print our own Christmas cards next year.
I enjoy following your blog and viewing the beautiful photos!
Thanks, Patty! It’s so nice to hear from you. I hope you and your family are all doing well.
Very, very nice. A timeless offering of the New Jersey that few know. Uplifting and … Gee, I could go on and on. Happy, Happy….
Enjoy the holidays!
What a plethora of snowy delights you found, Mary Anne! These photos if birds, seed capsules/ pods, and above all the birds, are just wonderful, and a perfect Christmas / holiday card. Thank you so much. Seasonal Greetings to you and your family 🙂
Thanks, Monica! I hope you have a wonderful holiday visit with your family.
What a wonderful series of snowy photos of trees, flowers & birds. You found so many treasures, Mary Anne. Thank you for the exquisite Christmas / Holiday card! Warmest seasonal greetings to you & your family 🙂
Best wishes! See you soon.
Your pictures are gorgeous! Your blog makes me thankful that I live in this area so I can enjoy the 4 seasons. Happy Holidays!
Thanks, Kathy! See you soon.