Beautiful sunsets versus the snow!
First I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and I wish a very prosperous and wonderful New Year to all.
Our families back in the Midwest called to tell us of the gifts or food or other exciting and wonderful happenings on their Christmas Day….and a few told us of : the cold. the snow. the ice.
As I have said before in other posts….I do miss the first snowfall of the season and it is especially beautiful on Christmas Eve….it doesn’t always happen that way though does it? Perhaps only in the movies. 🙁
Most of my memories of living in the Midwest is the dirty slush and ice after a few cars have driven over the softly fallen snow. In my opinion, the snow is the most beautiful when it is untouched by tramping feet of animals and humans….
or when there are no piles of hardened snow crystals tossed along side driveways and curbs by snow plows or snow shovels. Perhaps if one can look across the snow blanket of a pasture or field and see hoof prints of dainty deer…one can overlook the otherwise messiness that snow can bring.
I also remember the way ice crystals form on the bare branches of trees and bushes making it look like millions of glistening and glittering clear lights on the awe-inspiring landscape. BUT…then… there is the reality of power-lines downed by the heavy icicles … , the power and light people climbing poles, tramping through the snow and driving their big white trucks with telescoping cherry picker onto the fields of white. And most importantly, all the people who are without electricity for extended periods of time. AND the workers having to leave families for days on end while they work tirelessly on restoring power.
It is then I remember why the Captain and I moved to Florida! The winter months bring cooler temperatures, and they are refreshing temperatures.
I have heard some people say it is too hot in Florida… and I have to admit, there are some hot summer days….but then when the winter months come and one can sit outside by a fire pit, drinking hot chocolate with only a sweater or light jacket….I find that just right!
Below is a pic of the fireplace in our back garden. The Captain and I sat out there on a bench with light jackets and this wonderful warm fire……on Christmas Eve. The temp 59 degrees, with a slight breeze.
Which brings me to sunsets! The Captain and I have taken pictures of sunsets and sunrises on all our travels. Some of the most beautiful sunsets are right here in Florida.
Beautiful Christmas sunsets are our way of replacing snow at Christmas time.
Not the same thing?
Comparing apples to oranges?
Perhaps, but you have to agree that these sunsets are breathtaking!
What are your thoughts?
Update on the Eagles from my Eagle Cam post….. The second eaglet, temporarily named E 4 entered this world at 10:21 am on Christmas Day! He wore a helmet of egg-shell for the longest time before he finally shed it. The proud parents, Ozzie and Harriet have settled down to gathering fish to feed these two hungry, little, squeaking beaks. Sometimes, Harriet has to squawk for Ozzie to get busy, find fish and come and take his turn keeping the little ones warm…..:) It is a riot watching all the antics of all four of these Eagles.
You’re so right about the beauty of fresh snow and the sparkle of ice. I’m with you about trading it for the sunsets of Florida.