01 January, 2011

White Christmas in Georgia

We went to Georgia to visit my Mother for Christmas.  The 4 of us (Dennis, my brother Arnie, my Mother, and I) stayed for 3 nights at a cabin in the Richard Russel State Park on the backwaters of the Savanah River.  It snowed while we were there, giving the region its first white Christmas since 1831!
Snow falling heavily.
I took lots of photos of the snow clinging to the plants, transforming hillsides and verges into wonderland.
Snow-covered weeds become works of art.
The white snow sets off the red leaves.
The pine trees were splendid in their cloak of snow.

My brother and I hiked along the Blackwell Bridge Trail, with some very steep terrain providing a good view into the snowy woods.

Here is the Blackwell Bridge, an old train bridge that used to span the Savanah River.  It was moved to this spot as part of the trail system after Russell Dam was built on the river.

Arnie on Blackwell Bridge.

The trail through the woods is just ahead.

Here, the trail is overlooking the backwater stream that Blackwell Bridge crosses.

A small footbridge crosses the stream.

How appropriate - Christmas Fern in the snow.

Frozen drops of water on the tips of beech leaves catch the light.

Little robots we constructed from a kit sent by my sister in California.  The box said "for kids 7 to 97" so we qualified.  ;-)

Dennis, Mother, and I in front of her snow-covered house.

View of the neighborhood from Mother's front steps.

Star of birdseed that we hung outside the cabin.  The juncos and sparrows loved it.

Christmas dinner of Cornish gamehen, mushroom rissotto, asperagus, cranberry/orange relish, cabbage/apple/fennel slaw and sparkling prosecco.  Cheers! 

A little more pepper?

We drove around my hometown of Elberton to see the Christmas decoration.

Pretty lights and greenery with red ribbons.

Reindeer made of lights graze on this lawn.
We had a lovely time, made all the more special by the snow.  I hope each of you had a wonderful Christmas.
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  1. What a great family Christmas you had Wilma.
    Love those winter scenes, especially the first, of the falling snow.

    Hope the new year is a great one for you and your family. Best wishes.

  2. A wonderful set of pics Wilma.

    Have a great 2011. All the best.

  3. Lovely snowy scenes Wilma. Happy New Year.

  4. What a wonderful christmas you had, my favorite photograph is the leaves with the icicles forming on them, Happy New Year.

  5. A real Christmas Wonderland with all that snow.
    Very best wishes for 2011 to you and yours.

  6. Hi Wilma.
    Love your snowy Christmas in photo's. Especially the frozen water droplets on the leaves, also you look very snuggly in you r fur coat. Nice to see a recent photo of you.

  7. Hi Wilma,
    Great winter scenes. Seems that there are lots of snow everywhere this time. Best wishes.

  8. wow first snow since 1831!! Incredible... It looks like you got great time there... Thanks for sharing this nice family meeting!
    Happy new year Wilma!

  9. Keith -- thank you. We had a great time.

    Dean -- same to you and thanks!

    F of HK -- Happy New Year to you as well.

    Roy -- that snow was beautiful and part of the beauty was no it would be gone shortly!

    David -- those droplets were even lovelier in person.

    John -- it was a wonderland.

    Ken -- yes, that fur-crylic coat is toasty warm.

    Madi -- best to you as well. thanks!

    Chris -- yes, a fairly rare event. Happy New Year to you as well.

    cheers to all,

  10. Lovely selection of snowy, winter shots that feel have a wonderful authenticity about them.


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