Friday, January 1, 2016

Winter in Washington

We're discovering the beauty of winter once again.  After many years of commuting on icy roads, we found a winter retreat in the south, where we have spent the last 15 winters.  Then my folks who had a home next to us in Georgia decided the trip was too hard and they sold their house.  So we decided it was a time for a change for us as well, and we have our southern home on the market and are spending this winter at our home in Washington State.  

Since we no longer have to even take the car out of the garage if the roads are icy, it has allowed us to enjoy the sites and experiences of winter.  Of course, that's easy to say when we're in an area that gets snow for a day or two at a time and not as a constant for months.

For instance - flowers still blooming on the last day of the year:
This beautiful plant was a gift from my daughter, Amy, several years ago and I have enjoyed the lovely leaf colors but have never seen it bloom.
A walk along the lake we live on let us view the swans who stop by for a visit in the winter.
After several days when it barely got above freezing during the day, the ice is creeping out from the edges.  With several more days of cold weather in the forecast, this may be the year the lake freezes over completely.
White Horse(?) Big Four (?) Three Fingers(?)  Not sure which one this is that we viewed from the parking lot at Costco.  All of the mountains are stunning with their fresh coat of new snow. You can see the snow level getting closer.
Even the fast flowing waterfalls at the Tulalip Casino are freezing.  
Ever season has its beauty - we had forgotten the beautiful sites of winter, so it's wonderful to be experiencing them again.