Look, There's A Winter Wonder Garden In My Yard

MY FANTASTIC WINTER DAY PHOTO SHOOT

One January morning, looking westward toward Lake Michigan from my porch, I caught sight of a storm approaching while at the same time the sun was rising out of the East. It created a uniquely ominous atmosphere. It was inspiring to see my landscape of trees and shrubs sparkling with a layer of freshly fallen snow against a dark blue sky. I began snapping away with my camera feeling thankful for the bounty of nature all around and for a garden landscape that inspires no matter the season!

ALBERTA SPRUCE BY THE GARDEN SHED
ALBERTA SPRUCE BY THE GARDEN SHED
SNOW SHADOWS
SNOW SHADOWS
TOMATO BERRIES
TOMATO BERRIES

I was on a mission to capture as much beauty that had fallen upon my yard as possible. I had to hurry for fear the approaching storm would blow away all the pretty white snow.

ASTILBE
ASTILBE
HIDDEN BEAUTY BORDERING MY LANDSCAPED YARD
HIDDEN BEAUTY BORDERING MY LANDSCAPED YARD
FROND OF NATIVE GRASS
FROND OF NATIVE GRASS

To my surprise and relief, the storm came without wind. Instead, it brought a downpour of big white snow flakes and I was right there with the camera ready!

AMERICAN HOLLY
AMERICAN HOLLY
AUSTRIAN PINE (THE JOE TREE)
AUSTRIAN PINE (THE JOE TREE)
GIANT SEDUM
GIANT SEDUM
OREGANO PATCH
OREGANO PATCH
AZALEA AND BOXWOOD
AZALEA AND BOXWOOD

My fingers were chilled to the bone and assumed I had captured everything for the day so cozied up inside to warm. Next thing I knew, the storm passed within a half hour and the sun shone through a crystal clear sky! Away I went once again!

SNOWY HYDRANGEA IN SUNSHINE
SNOWY HYDRANGEA IN SUNSHINE
RED TWIG DOG WOOD
RED TWIG DOG WOOD
SHADOWS OF SEDUM
SHADOWS OF SEDUM
AMERICAN HOLLY IN SUNSHINE
AMERICAN HOLLY IN SUNSHINE
A SNOWY JAPANESE SILVER GRASS
A SNOWY JAPANESE SILVER GRASS
SNOWY AMERICAN CRANBERRIES
SNOWY AMERICAN CRANBERRIES

Thinking my photo shoot had exhausted itself for the day, I meandered back inside for a bowl of soup and homemade bread. Well, guess what happened next? An unusual bright sun lowered behind a row of trees and I jumped back into my snowsuit with camera in hand!


In winter time you may have to search harder to find natures beauty in you garden. Take heart, bundle up and venture outside. Besides, you need the fresh air. Look for the new beauty in your garden landscape from a fresh fallen snow or from the attack of an ice storm. Remember to let a few things stand when you're clipping plants in the fall. Certain varieties lend themselves to look pretty from winter's effects. The birds like it too!



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Randi 5 years ago

Such beautiful photos and moments. Your eye sees the gift nature has given.


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Thank you Randi, that's a very nice compliment. I'm glad you enjoyed the photos!


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Moon Willow Lake 5 years ago

As someone who also lives with yearly snowfalls, you've captured some very nice scenes. Thanks for sharing and the sunset shots plus the cranberry ones are, I think, my favorites.


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Very nice to meet you Moon Willow Lake! Thank you for commenting on my hub. I believe those are my favorites too and the sedum shadow!


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EmpressImani 5 years ago from SE London, England

Beautiful photos and interseting article, funny how snow can be soo cold and yet transform everything with spectacular effects, thanks for sharing.


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

Buttons up! How wonderful! I do love pictures and these are fantastic! Encore! Encore!


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Empresslmani and Micky Dee, I'm glad you stopped by and thank you for the compliments, glad you enjoyed it. It was a specially good day and we all need those from time to time!More than happy to share!


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Mentalist acer 5 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

We call the"Japanese Siver Grass"simply "Dogtails"and they grow everywhere here in La..;)


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Mentalist acer, that's news to me! We have to plant them ourselves where I live! Perhaps they're invasive where you are! At any rate they're one of my favorites! Thanks for stopping by!


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stuff4you 5 years ago

these photos are reminders that the midwest isn't so bad.


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Exactly! Thanks for stopping by stuff4you!


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

I always say that i hate winter time,but after seeing all this beauty,i've changed my mind.I espically love the snowy Japanese silver grass and the red berries.Thank you so much for sharing.

God Bless

Cheers


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

always exploring, Thanks for stopping by, I'm glad it changed your mind about winter time!


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epigramman 5 years ago

...well you are an 'artist' with the camera that's for sure - this is a photo exhibition which is absolutely breathtaking - and I only know full well about winter as I can look out my front door here at Lake Erie in Ontario, Canada and see the same view .....but one must admit it's simply beautiful (winter) in its own way!!!!


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Thank you, it was a good day with just the right lighting and big fluffy snow! Glad you liked it!


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badegg 5 years ago from Southern Appalachians

Very nice photography! Very clear photos with good subject matter.


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Thank you for the nice compliment!


TajSingh 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Excellent use of lens flare to create such beautiful effects. Bravo!

I have a hub about how to use lens flare to create beautiful photos which you might like: http://hubpages.com/art/How-to-Use-Lens-Flare-to-Y...


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epigramman 5 years ago

..oh my god this is so beautiful .....hey wait a minute I've been here before - and that's why I am back to revisit a classic - this is one of my favorite photo galleries .......


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

TahSingh, Thanks for stopping by and leaving a compliment from someone like you who has refined his craft!

Epigramman, Looks like I'll just have to take more photos. I would do it just for you!


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines

Wow! That's truly a wonderland! I love your photos! I felt like I was right there with you taking every shot. I wish I was!

Thank you very much for sharing. I really enjoyed that!


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Thank you for the nice compliment especially coming from someone who takes such beautiful photos!


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A.A. Zavala 5 years ago from Texas

I love the winter, but in Texas it isn't as beautiful as it is in Michigan. Even when I was working in Melvindale, MI it wasn't this beautiful. Thanks again for sharing.


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Looked up Melvindale and its always good to discover new locations in my own state. East side does not get as much snow as we have the lake effect here! Well I'm sure Texas has its own special beauty, never been there myself, but would like to make it there some day. Good day to you!


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fibo777 5 years ago

Wonderful pictures! When I look from my windows I see somewhat a different scene. I think I will have to go more often to read your hubs to see the beauty of nature and read your writings. Awesome hub.


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Thank you for the nice compliment! Please feel free! You've made me curious about your view.


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

I love winter very much, especially to see and touch the snow. I thought this is a great moment to see the first snow falling from the sky. My friend, you have many collections of winter picture. You are a great photographer , my friend. Thanks for share with us. I give my vote to you. Take care!

Prasetio


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

I thank you very much! I think you are a real sweetheart!


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Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

Fantastic! These are so beautiful! We just had an ice storm and I was walking around outside taking pictures. I love a winter garden - so dramatic!


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Thank you Dolores, We haven't had an ice storm for quite some time. Last night we had just a little drizzling rain.


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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon

Gorgeous photos! I love the ones of the sunshine at the end of the day. I really enjoy discovering the beauty all around us - and thank goodness for great cameras to help us capture it all. Best, Steph


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Thank you steph, Speaking of good cameras, I need one. Well I have two, but they're not digital. You can do so much more with them. Keep capturing that beauty and I agree that it is all around us. The camera reminds us of that!


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota

Thanks for taking time to bundle up so you could give your hubber friends the joy of seeing the beauty that is, in winter. You have captured such a magical piece of winter that many do not see. You are a talented photographer.


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Thank you for such a nice compliment and I'm glad you enjoyed it! It has given me a new outlook on winter!


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toknowinfo 5 years ago

Beautiful, beautiful pictures, even though I don't like cold weather and snow. In New York, we get way more snow than I want, and I'd rather visit snow, than snow visit me. Your photos make it look so pristine. Thanks for capturing nature in one of its wonderous moments. Rated up, beautiful and shared on stumbleupon


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Wow! thank you, I kinda got the feeling you're ready for Spring! lol


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brightforyou 5 years ago from Florida

Another feast for the eyes.. great job -thanks again for sharing these works of art! :-) Helen


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

It's fun to see you feasting your eyes on photos I have taken...it's nice to be appreciated...thank you for all the kudos!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

With 90 degree weather today, I needed to cool myself off. And your spectacular photos provided me with both, a nice cool feeling and a journey to the most gorgeous photo gallery! I wish we lived closer, as I would love to have you photograph my little Clancey (Shih Tzu) to mount on my wall. Thank you, Kathy, for giving us a trip into nature that we otherwise would miss. Rated up, awesome and beautiful.


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Hi Audrey! I hope you're having a good morning and hope it's cooler for you too! We've had the craziest weather in Michigan,with hot humidity one day and cold rain the next. It's been back and forth like that all June! Glad you could cool off a little! I would have loved to photograph your darling puppy! Cheers, Kathi


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Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

Oh it is so beautiful and I grew up with it and a little brother and I walked in it for a mile going to school and then back for two winters 1st and 3rd graders (uphill both ways, lol) so I don't miss it. Great hub though! Gorgeous shots!


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Dolores Monet 3 years ago from East Coast, United States

Your pictures are so beautiful! I am crazy for that light you mentioned, when a storm is coming up but the sun slants in from the side. It's the best time to take pictures - so dramatic. I also love the Joe tree picture. It wants to be framed, I think.


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Fossillady 3 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Oh thank you Dolores. That light happens rarely, so when it does . . . have to take advantage. The Joe tree holds a special place in my heart so your mention of it is a special treat this morning. I think I'll go outside today and check on it. We got a light snow last night and everything looks pretty! Hugs, Kathi

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