Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Blue Moons and Winter Whites


Indoor Azaleas are ready for the party.

Was planning to participate in Wordless Wednesday as I've been in quite the curmudgeon mood these past days. Seemed like a fine idea ~ blog without words and nobody knows I'm cranky!

Plum Bonsai is hoping to steal the show

But, then I woke to the muffled sounds of everything. Which could only mean one thing. The snows I've been hoping for have finally arrived!

A soft blanket of white covers the garden, muffling the sounds of passers by. I smile out the window at fat flakes gently falling and my mood is exponentially brighter.

You see... I needed snow and lots of it. 

This New Year's Eve is a full moon AND a blue moon.

In honor of this very Blue Moon, I was planning a moonlight snowshoe party ~ even though we had no fluffy powder to play in!

KC's Garden Bumble Bee shivers beneath the freshly fallen snow.

I should have known grand things would happen when I met up with KC yesterday. Seems the weather delights in foiling our plans and this day was no exception.

Karma? Kismet? Call it what you will. All we had to do was schedule a good weather day lunch in order for Mother Nature to send me the snowstorm we so despereately needed!

I white knuckled it down that icy canyon anyway because this mission could be delayed no longer. I was intent on delivering her over-achieving and nearly done blooming because now it's after Christmas Amaryllis. Which she seemed to like, in spite of the fact it was half dead. :(

In exchange, Ms. Photographer Extraordinaire gifted me with this photo of Bad Dog and I, snowshoeing Iron Canyon:

Me and Bad Dog!
Wishing you 
A Happy New Gardening Year!

24 comments:

KC said...

I do love my amaryllis, she is still pretty to me. BTW, you do look maaawvelous darlink. Congrats on coming out from behind the trees;-)

Kate said...

And, I love my picture! Can't believe people think Bad Dog is overweight! He looks fit as fiddle to me. :)

Thanks, again, for a fun afternoon.

gardeningAngel said...

Beautiful moon picture. Enjoy your hike - I am planning the same thing here, although it might be too cloudy to see the full moon. The last few nights have been very bright with the snow on the ground. Happy New Year to you! Kathy

Kate said...

I hope you have clear skies. Full moon snowshoes are so much fun when it's so bright you don't need the headlamps!

Chrystal K. said...

That's exciting. I'll be sure to look up at the sky tomorrow night.

azplantlady said...

Oh what beautiful snow! Isn't it wonderful what a change in the weather can do for our spirits?

Kate said...

It certainly brought a smile to my face!

Grace Peterson said...

Hi Kate~~ I'm still trying to keep you and KC straight. You're both equally entertaining. Nice photos. I'm afraid in these parts, the scheduled Blue Moon will be a no-show thanks to thick clouds. I guess 2012 will host the next one. Here's to a peaceful, awe inspiring hike. Looks the weather gods delivered.

Rosey Pollen said...

Happy New year to you! I hope you get that moonlit snowshoe hike in! It sounds like a fab idea. Remember your long underwear!
Rosey

Kate said...

Hi, Grace;
Too bad about the cloud cover. I do love those winter full moons. They make the fresh snow shimmer and sparkle.

Welcome back, Rosey! We've missed you. :)

Shady Gardener said...

You Got Your Wish! And LOTS of it! ;-) What a beautiful photo with the moon and all the snow!! Your dog isn't overweight. And if he were, I think he'll be fit after your walk. :-) Enjoy!

limo hire said...

Lovely pictures.... i like it.

Rose said...

The photo of the moon is absolutely gorgeous! You live in such a beautiful area, Kate. Glad your friend finally got her amaryllis; I'm sure she loved it. Bad Dog looks much too sweet for his name:)

Best wishes for a Happy New Year!

Li'l Ned said...

Nice to see your face, Kate. Full Moon on snow -- is the best. Happy (gardening) New Year and keep those gorgeous photos coming.

Kate said...

Happy New Year, Shady!

The doggie and I will both be in better shape after this hike. Time to work off those Christmas cookies. :D

Kate said...

Thanks, Rose. Plz don't let that innocent photo of Bad Dog fool ya. ha-ha His plentiful shenanigans keep me on my toes.

Happy New Year!

Kate said...

Happy New Year, Li'l Ned. And, thank you. I'm too shy for my own good. It's very hard for me to post photos of myself. My comfort zone is BEHIND the camera...

joey said...

Happy New Gardening Year and Blue Moon New Year's Eve, Kate. It's been a joy connecting with you ... your photos look amazing on my new iMac (especially love the moon shot:)

Kate said...

And to you, as well, Joey :D

So thrilled to hear you're a Mac girl. I don't honestly know why anyone suffers with a pc when Macs are such a joy to use. Clearly I'm a bit biased.

HNY

Carol said...

How stunning! Landscape extraordinaire! Happy 2010 Kate! Lovely moon here too for a bit before being devoured by a dark shroud of clouds. I love your dog! Best Wishes for the New Year! Carol

Kate said...

Thanks, Carol. Very sweet of you to say. We had a bit of cloud cover here, though our blue moon managed to peek through. :) Looking forward to another fun year of your amazing photography.

sasha said...

I forgot to mention you can send your favorite wildlife/outdoor pics to the Salt Lake trib and they may publish them. This Sunday they have a great coyote photo that rivals yours. Submit pics at brettp@sltrib.com

Suz Lipman said...

Happy New Gardening Year! Your white flower, blue moon, and other pictures are beautiful and inspirational. Thank you.

Corner Gardener Sue said...

I had to laugh at your wanting snow. I am so ready for ours to melt! That is a great photo. The trees are pretty there, too. I love the color of the bark.