The effects of this storm decided to stay around all week. We had below zero weather and much below zero wind chill factors due to our snow cover and the strong winds. The snow we received was light and fluffy and came down softly amounting to about 7 or 8 inches. Then the winds began and have blown from nearly every direction since the initial storm. They are now from the south bringing warmer temperatures to us thankfully. "Warmer" is a matter of perspective. Warmer than negative temperatures is welcome but the wind chill factor kicks in and it doesn't feel much better.
The snow blanketed the ground so beautifully but piled up enough to keep John's car from making it up the lane. It covered the south side of trees and poles creating an awesome photo opportunity. Then the winds changed to west/northwest and began creating drifts and beautiful patterns in the snow. The drifts formed ripples while the snow formed little storms that whooshed across the ground moving the white flakes from one area and piling it in another.
Day three the wind continues to move more snow though some may be getting hard enough that it isn't being picked up. The birds fight to fly and cling tightly to the suet block as it swings in the wind. There is no sun to warm the inside today. Just gray skies and cold wind. Everything outside seems to proclaim God's presence and power. It exclaims the wonder of a God-created world. It reminds me that He is in control as Creator and Master. This is why I don't understand people who don't believe in God. How can they not? There is no excuse for not believing.
"For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities---his eternal power and divine nature---have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse" (Romans 1:20 NIV).