Sunday, February 12, 2012

The Beauty of Snow

The Elkhorn Mountains, near Baker City, OREGON
It has been a frigid winter in Europe, with snow falling in Rome, Sicily and even as far south as Tunisia and Tripoli, Libya. Unfortunately my friends in Malta were not so lucky to see snow for the first time ever. Obviously here in Eastern Oregon, at an elevation of 3,500 feet above sea level, snow is as common as the air we breath and the sun that warms us from time to time. Average temperatures during the day are about 25 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and about 15 degrees Fahrenheit at night. This winter we had more snow in the mountains than in town, and of course we always pray for moisture in some form or another, especially for our farmers, who depend on snow and rain for their hay and other crops, and to feed their cattle, especially in the spring and summer when the snow melts and descends to the rivers and creeks. The above photo and the one below shows a little bit of the beauty of snow, when it creates a winter wonderland, falling so softly on trees and creating a picture of sheer brilliance.

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