Last night, we were anticipating snow, but when we went sleep it was clear outside.
This is as close to a solstice picture as could be gotten from our location this year, as the past two mornings were cloudy.
There's nothing more beautifully incongruous than a snow covered Cholla cactus. The Pinyon trees behind it hold up the heavy, wet snow.
We welcome snow in our desert mountains, not only for it's beauty but for the moisture that can mean the difference between feast and famine, and freedom from fire next spring and summer.
Home on Winter Break, the Boychick begins our morning walk with the grand-dog Ruby, and the new puppy, Umbrae.
The Engineering Geek waves goodbye in the doorway. By the time we return, he'll have scraped the truck and have left for work.
Ruby seems to be lunging for the camera.
The "big girls", Lily and Shayna, alert to a rabbit in the meadow. Shayna seems to have a special love for snow, and is more excited and alert this morning than usual. Off leash, she cavorts and plays, making me play with her, so that I never get any pictures of the fun.
After a walk in the meadow and the woods, we head back. Looking down the long hill west we see the clouds building and beginning to spill over the Sandia Mountain Front. The next wave of the storm is on the way.
Sure enough, by lunchtime, the cleared car is covered, and the snow is falling heavily and steadily, on our ridge behind.
The clouds darkened and lowered, and we had periods of intense snow, and clouds that played hide-n-seek with the sun all afternoon.
As I write, after dark, it is once again clear. But the next wave is on the way according to the forcast.
Those who celebrate Christmas up her on South Sedillo Ridge will have a white one!
Even those of us who don't so celebrate enjoy the beauty of the snow.