It's been looking and feeling very wintry around here (after all, it is January). Last night we got a light dusting of snow that was made up of fairly large, beautifully formed flakes. I tried to photograph them here. The camera's built-in macro isn't quite good enough to get a great shot, but at least you get a sense of the sparkle and shine everywhere this morning. Here are some more shots of our winter wonderland.
The two below are from nearby Lake Mahopac, which finally has a good coating of ice. Some winters it doesn't freeze up at all, and some winters it's completely frozen and people go ice boating and ice fishing.
Lake Casse finally froze over completely and we've been able to venture out onto it. The dogs have a great time running around and slipping and sliding.
Our next door neighbors have a metal dock, so this afternoon my youngest and I hiked down there with our skates. I cleared the snow from a small area so we could skate a bit.
It was still a bit bumpy and we only skated for about 15 minutes or so. It always feels so good to take those stiff, heavy skates off and put comfortable, warm boots back on! With all the hiking down there, clearing the snow, skating, and hiking back up, I've gotten my exercise for the day!
My skate tracks left a funny pattern in the snowy ice.
Here is the moon rising over the lake a few afternoons ago. Tonight the moon is full: I'll have to check out the winter wonderland at night!