Some people are very insensitive. They forget that not everybody can just jet off at the beginning of December, leaving children for endless blue water, and fairly nice December weather in the mountains for the warm yellow light of the southern regions. That not everybody enjoys photo reminders that they have been left behind, especially when all of a sudden, the weather back home goes from nice to blizzard overnight.
I don’t have any of the pictures of Cancun – though I did see several such pictures, generously posted on Facebook. On the other hand, I have plenty of pictures of home during that time. Which I am now going to show you:
This was only the beginning. You will note how dull the light is. That’s because it’s snowing, see. And the clouds are very heavy and the sun has gone to Cancun.
The four deer who live on the porch were aghast to find themselves blinded by the snow.
This is so sad. Don’t they look puzzled? At least I got to run the lights during the day – they showed up very nicely, even at noon. If there was a noon that week.
Just a little storm. Drifts on the planters.
ALL the planters.
In the back, the lines of lights began to grow into something else –
That’s the way it happens – you get some physical structure covered by water, and the little coral animals come and attach themselves and build these lovely, odd structures on them. That’s what I found in my backyard – just like what I’d have found as I snorkeled in Cancun. If I had been invited to go there, I mean.
Then again, MY coral lights up.
And – who needs documentaries on arctic foxes when you live with two of them? Above, you see the fox after flying up in the air, ready to plunge nose first into the snow in search of – well, I don’t really know what lives under the snow in our front yard. Probably mice, right? Couldn’t be snakes. Maybe there’s a whole nother kind of animal that lives with us in the winter without every once being seen? Anyway —
This is what arctic foxes get – white noses.
I hope it doesn’t embarrass them.
This is what it looked like inside the house in the afternoon with the lights out. Of course, the camera exaggerates things a little. It wasn’t really this dark. Only nearly.