One of the subtle beauties following a major snow storm are the ice cycles that hang all over the trees. When the sunlight catches them just right they sparkle and make it magical. This morning the sun is behind the clouds, off and on, so I couldn't catch it just right but the photo shows the ice cycles none the less. Another foot of snow predicted for tonight so I need to brandish the snow shovel and make room for the incoming snow.
Our area is also in the avalanche warning area. About the only avalanche we see is the one coming off the steep roof of our A-Frame cabin. When that wall of snow hits you it can knock you right off your feet. At best it just goes down your collar which is very stimulating. Winter in the mountains has finally arrived and our shirt sleeve weather seems gone for a while.