The crabapple tree right outside our kitchen window was planted when our house was built in 1954. What that really means is that it is an old variety that is not resistant to apple scab. In a rainy summer it loses so many leaves that it looks like it's dying. People always ask us why we don't cut it down and put something else in its place. The answer is because it looks its best in the winter when those bare branches show how beautifully Mark has pruned and shaped it over the years we've lived here. Add a thick coating of snow and there's nothing more pleasant than working at the kitchen sink and looking out the window at that picture of perfection.
Those dark silhouettes in the above image are cuttings in vases on the windowsill. The dark green branches in the foreground is the yew hedge that runs along the front of the house. The picture above was taken Sunday afternoon during the storm and the one below on Monday when the sun made it look like a lovely day. Truth is, the temperature as I am typing this is 4 degrees F. Trying not to think about the meeting I have on campus this morning with no sun and the wind blowing off Lake Mendota.
In case you are wondering, we always leave the screens in the windows year round. That way you can get a breath of fresh air any time there's a thaw with warmer temps. And, of course, I can quick pop open a window if I burn something in the oven and set off the smoke alarm!