Pictorial of first snow, post card shots, and Leavenworth lighting ceremony…

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

To submit to the requests of my Sparkfriends who have asked for pictures of snow, whom are sitting comfortably in the warmth of sunshine, here are some pictures of our snow.

11-21-2010, this is the view off my front porch.

And of course, my Big (Spot in background), coming to greet me for the morning feeding.

We started with a couple inches and it continued to snow while under layers melted, it continued to snow. So even though we had almost 2 feet of snow total, the deepest it was at any one time was about 10 inches. Most of it is gone now, but occasionally a small pile can be seen in a protected area (cold spot).

12-4-2010, a friend invited me to travel with her to a nearby Bavarian town (about two hours away). Along the way we stopped for a break and I experienced something I'd never seen or noticed before. It was freezing temperatures outside and there was what would have been a heavy fog, only the moisture had frozen and was floating (not falling), floating in the air. It was like fairy dust, sparkling and bouncing in the air. Sorry, I tried, but the camera, just couldn't catch this experience, so you will have to be satisfied with this little bush with the fairy dust crystals sticking to the spider webs.

As we headed east to the mountain pass. There was lots of snow on the hillsides, but the road was safe and dry. As we crested the summit and started down the other side, the snow actually deepened. We stopped for this postcard shot of the Wenatchee River.

We arrived in the town of Leavenworth, which has become a large tourist destination. All, not part, but all of the buildings have been done in the Bavarian theme. It was a shoppers, or maybe I should say "wino's" heaven. The buildings were full of shops of all kinds, but there were more places to buy and taste wine, than anything else.

This sweet Friesen was earning his keep by hauling tourists up and down the rows of shops.

And both the tourists and the towns folk get into the spirit. There are festive hats everywhere. We saw many of the characters from 'The Grinch who stole Christmas'. There was lots of lederhosen and heavy wool skirts too! These folks have hats that look like a little village houses. We saw them later, and they all light up too (sorry, no picture of that).

We took a walk down along the river. I do say down because it was a long hill full of children and adults sledding. Here a cloud covers the sun and provides me with another postcard shot.

The lighting ceremony has lots of history and there was music and dancing in the street. Enjoy the lights and may they put you into a Christmas spirit. Next morning I ached, according to my pedometer, we had walked over 6 miles that day; this town is only four blocks long by two blocks wide. Maybe it was all the dancing in the street. Smiles - Debie

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    Yay! Snow! That looks like fun! And such beautiful pictures! Sounds like it's reindeer heaven up there where you are. Here it is all rainy and mucky, and no chance of snow at all. In fact, Wednesday it was 84 degrees and sunny. Good for vitamin D snatching, bad for dreaming of a white Christmas.

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    3828 days ago
    Thanks for sharing your experience
    Being from MN where we got 12 inches of heavy wet snow on Nov 13th and although some melted some stayed as hard icy snow then we got rain and ice on the 3rd of Dec we got another 10 inches nice fluffy white snow and now this weekend 9th-10th a possible 8 inches it surely will be a white Christmas in MN
    One beautiful year at a time
    3842 days ago
    Lovely!!! You remind me of my winter day up in Madison WI. I love that kind of lighting, it just so beautiful!!!!
    3843 days ago
    Beautiful pics. Looks like a fun place to spend the day.
    3843 days ago
    absolutely gorgeous photos!!! Your two postcard shots would be really hard puzzles too!
    3843 days ago
    Beautiful pictures Nederlung, I grew up in Iowa, and have lived in Southern California for many years now, and I still very much miss and love the winters, cold is just part of the beauty of snow, Thanks again, great picture taking.
    3843 days ago
    I am very much in the Christmas spirit! Thanks. Having come from Australia and now still living in the Southern Hemisphere have still to experience a white Christmas!
    3843 days ago
    Great pics, thanks!
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    Awesome job Debie! Thanks for those beautiful photos-you came through just fine! There is a town in Helen GA like Leavenworth! Fun place! One of these days I will make it up there and see it first hand!
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    3844 days ago
    Beautiful snow! I cant believe no blankets for the horses. If it hits freezing in Texas, on go the medium weight water proof blankies...
    3844 days ago
    absolutely breathtaking! By the way, I hate you for bringing cake balls to my attention. I have spent the last 2 days making them and they turned out tasty but ugly. I am going to keep trying to make them pretty so I can give them away during the holidays!
    3844 days ago
    Great pictures. I have always wanted to visit Leavenworth when in the Seattle area, but never seem to find the time.
    3844 days ago
    Great pictures... way to get in the season's spirit!
    3845 days ago
    These pictures were absolutely GORGEOUS! Thank you for taking the time to post them and describe about them! I like the horse and carriage the most, but that's just because I love driving horses! I'd have minis doing it, though! emoticon
    3845 days ago
    Very pretty!
    3845 days ago
    Im sitting in here, sweltering in the Australian humid tropics, GREEN with envy of the white christmas you will have. I LOVE winter and havent experienced one for some years now...How beautiful is the view from your porch!!!

    Cleva xxx
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