Pine Tree With Snow

(Toledo, OH) Yes, I am under the influence of both the winter blues and cabin fever, but that doesn't mean that I am occasionally capable of recognizing some of the aesthetic pleasures associated with a new snowfall. The six inches of snow that fell last night in Northwest Ohio created some idyllic scenes in my backyard.

The snow-draped pine tree pictured is about 60 feet in height, but it is dwarfed by the 100-foot oak into which it is beginning to grow. Yet the clustered needles probably retain 20 to 30 times as much snow as the bare branches and trunks of the oak.

As the snow reaches a critical weight mass on the pine tree, it eventually slides off in an audible whoop, falling either harmlessly on the ground or burying any of my dogs who might be wandering nearby at the right moment.


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