Anatomy of a Snowstorm

Do you remember Wednesday–was it only the day before yesterday?–when we paused and waited for the snowstorm to arrive?  We pondered:  Storm, wherefore art thou?

The storm listened, and duly arrived mid to late morning.  He blew up from the south in blizzarding fury, wind howling, shaking us back to deep winter, daring us to dream of spring.

He spit white snow everywhere and watched it pile up.  Not too deep.  Maybe only six or seven inches outside our cozy home in the woods.

Down in the southern Upper Peninsula near places like Menominee county officials declared a snow emergency.

At  our house it snowed fierce and heavy for about four hours.

After three hours, I ventured outside with the camera, just because I know some of you long for photos of the white stuff.  (Especially you, Michaela, over there at The Daily Click, coming to us from way down south in Texas.)  She’s always showing us photos of plum blossoms and magnificent southern sunrises and closeups of Statice and thorns and making me want one of those fancy macro lens, yes I do.  And yet she begs for snow photos!

Anyway, I have to get dressed and go to work, but please put on your warm winter coats, hats, mittens and boots and enjoy walking in our late February snowstorm.

P.S.  The title of this post is named in honor of one of the Upper Peninsula’s most famous books:  Anatomy of a Murder by John D. Voelker under the pen name Robert Traver.

I figured if we could have an Anatomy of a Murder book, we can certainly publish an Anatomy of a Snowstorm blog, don’t you think?

Looking outside the window at the snowstorm

Looking out another window at snow on branches, thermometer


Spruce needles laden with snow


Tomato cages behind the shed


When trees dress in snowy finery...


Through the snowy woods lies the garage


Hark! Is there an old Studebaker beneath all that snow?

Peek around the old shed to view more snowy trees


Through a veil of spruce branches in a hushed snowy world


Snowy branch etchings


Snow covered piles of logs


Such a blizzard as we peek down the road


Leaves cradling snow


Time to get the tractor running and plow...

About Kathy

I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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38 Responses to Anatomy of a Snowstorm

  1. forestfae says:

    I adore snow, thank you for sharing these lovely pics 🙂

  2. Kathy, these are beautiful! Oh, how I wish I could visit you right now! Thank you for taking the time to venture out into the cold with your camera 🙂 And thank you for the mention, too!

  3. lisaspiral says:

    Really nice camera work. I especially love the tomato cages and the leaves cradling the snow.

  4. lynnekovan says:

    Wow, fantastic shots! I’ve just been out in the UK spring weather looking at the daffodils. It can still take a turn for the worse here, but people are out in their gardens without coats! Funny world we live in!

  5. Great photos, Kathy. I especially love the tomato cage one. That’s a great shot. However, what’s really brilliant is the name of this post. I adore it. DId I mention I adore it? Well done, my friend. Stay warm.

    • Dana says:

      That was my favourite shot, too! It reminds me of a visual depiction of the Golden Ratio– rendered all the more clever because it is snow-covered and not truly “golden”-hued. 🙂

  6. That is just beautiful, I love the snow

  7. Brenda Hardie says:

    Good Morning Kathy….wow…these are beautiful pictures! I love the tomato cages shot and the snowy woods with the garage and the snow covered logs 🙂 Thank you for showing us around your snowy woods! I woke up to a dusting of snow this morning…not even enough to cover the grass. It’s been a very unusual winter!
    Yes indeed…I do think we can have an Anatomy of Winter blog! ♥ You succeeded!

  8. These pictures are so beautiful! 🙂

    And they make feel like a big baby for thinking it was cold when I walked to work this morning. It was 45 degrees and no white stuff. 😉

  9. Kathy – “spruce needles laden with snow” is award-winning!

  10. susan says:

    Hi Kathy,
    You are truly an artist with that camera!

  11. I agree with Laurie! In love with “spruce needles laden with snow.” Loved taking this walk with you, I could actually feel the crisp cold air and the hot flash that had a grip on me totally disappeared!

  12. Colleen says:

    Kathy, I always love your blog titles, and Jimmy Stewart! It will be interesting to watch the movie again and pay attention to the location shots and local scenery.

    So much lovely, lovely snow. And evocative snow photos. Such a sense of muffled stillness. It also looks downright cold 🙂

  13. kiwidutch says:

    as long as the snow doesn’t become a murderer, then the title is perfect.
    Brrr that looks cooooold… I love the snow photos but am less of a fan of winter, so a virtual tour of the white stuff suits me just fine.
    I DO appreciate you venturing out into it to give us a peek… I hope you had a warm fire and a hot drink waiting for your cold fingers to thaw out with afterwards.
    ….the snowy branch etchings photo is my favourite I think 🙂

  14. rehill56 says:

    Love the snow photos…

  15. Irene Lefort says:

    I love snow pictures! Makes me want to cuddle up inside with a cup of hot chocolate admiring the snow laden trees through the window. 🙂

  16. Carol says:

    I’ve stopped trying to pick favorites – it’s just impossible. I do have to say that our Wednesday and Thursday worlds looked much the same, although your pictures are far more artistic than mine. I’ll be posting mine later this morning. At least that’s the plan right now.

  17. sterlingsop says:

    Your garden looks like the trees have invited the furniture to a fancy dress party and the theme was “fairytale winter”!!

    Great post 🙂

  18. john says:

    Thank you, these are wonderful

  19. bearyweather says:

    Looks very familiar to me. We had about 8 inches on the weekend however, the big prediction for 1 foot on wednesday was totally wrong … we never saw a flake.

    Nature is making up for it right now as it is coming down heavy and wet. I will be out tomorrow for pictures, too.

  20. Sybil says:

    You didn’t go driving in that did you ?

  21. DAwn says:

    Love the tomato cages, the orange shed, the spirals of snow. Love love love! And we’re waiting for our own storm tonight…gale force winds, maybe snow, maybe rain. All weekend, so they say. Guess we deserve it given we’ve avoided most of the bad weather all winter.

  22. Barb says:

    It’s beginning to look like winter in MI! I like those tomato cages.

  23. Kala says:

    Gorgeous wintry images, Kathy.

  24. sonali says:

    Wowww!! I love all the pictures, Kathy, Can I please copy one of the pictures to put up as my desktop wallpaper? I’d like to copy the first one. I need your permission. I wish one day a huge violent snowstorm comes and hits India 😉

  25. Kathy says:

    Glad everyone enjoyed the snowy day photographs! It was worth it to get all bundled up in Grandma’s 1970 snowmobile suit and go outside in a snowstorm–just because you all love snow so much. **grin** Thank you, everyone. (And, yes, Sonali, you sure can put that blizzard on your desktop wallpaper. Dream away, my dear…) (And no, Sybil, we did not go driving in it. I don’t think we did. We did not crash anyway.) Did I answer everyone’s questions? OK, anyone want to go outside for a walk this morning? It’s still snowy and icy…

  26. …and the winner is “Trees in Snowy Finery”….

  27. Kathy says:

    Thanks again. IT’S SNOWING OUTSIDE AGAIN! This time they didn’t give us a Winter Storm Warning and it’s snowed lots more than last time. You can hardly get out of the driveway. We might all get Cabin Fever here in the woods. What’s the answer? **ah ha! More blogs. I’ll write more blogs…** tee hee. (Just as long as you don’t ask for more snow photos.)

  28. lucindalines says:

    Loved your photos. Sure wouldn’t want to be out in that stuff, probably cuz I have been a few times. Spring is so around the corner.

  29. Heather says:

    I sure hope you keep your power and can simply enjoy being caught inside! What a way to enter March. Sheesh!

  30. Kathy says:

    Thank you! Could take more pictures today…another foot or more of snow! Yikes! March hath appeared as a lion…

    • Brenda Hardie says:

      Wow! Another foot of snow?! That’s crazy, especially with no warning….lol…where did the weathermen go anyway?? Bet they skipped town for warm and tropical climates!

  31. So pretty! BUT, the only time I like this much snow, is when I don’t have to drive in it!! For some reason, our local road crews don’t like taking care of our streets. I will often hear the plow/salt trucks coming around when we don’t need them… and then when we DO need them, it takes a few days to clear the roads. Last week, the entire sidewalk outside my building at work was salted, and it was BONE DRY!! Go figure……

  32. Kathy says:

    There is no comprehending the Minds of Snowplow drivers. We’re only glad they do such a good job up here… Perhaps they should come downstate and Give Instructions to your fellas, Holly.

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  34. Anita Mac says:

    Stunning photos! I do love a good snowstorm!

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