The snowy desert

Silence falls as the snow does —

Turning the world into a peaceful place

And the lake into a snowy desert.

My dog, Oscar, is like a camel of this desert:

At one with the environment

And never too tired to enjoy the weather.

Oscar on jetty copy

And just in case you forgot what the jetty really looks like when the snow melts,

here’s a picture from September

When we went balloon hunting!

Balloon Oscar

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72 responses

  1. That is quite a difference but both beautiful

    February 9, 2013 at 17:52

  2. Lea

    What a contrast!
    Love both photos!
    Lea’s Menagerie

    February 9, 2013 at 17:53

  3. What a contrast indeed!! WOW! Amazing! But Oscar seems quite happy in both pics!! What a great dog he is!! Enjoy your weekend — both of you!!

    February 9, 2013 at 17:57

  4. TexWisGirl

    just love oscar! he’s got a great life!

    February 9, 2013 at 17:59

  5. Don

    I just can’t believe that that is the jetty – quite incredible. Oscar does seem so at home in whatever weather.- amazing dog.

    February 9, 2013 at 18:05

  6. Wow! This photo is most impressive, even without the “before and after” photo contrast! (LOVE that hot air balloon appearing like magic in the distance!)

    There sure are a lot of amazing snow photos on the internet this morning. It’s too easy to imagine it’s snowing, been snowing, or is about to snow almost everywhere! (We’re getting some this weekend too). But this is one of my favorite snow photos today. I’m always enamored by your winter photos. And of course, Oscar always adds that very special touch!:-)

    February 9, 2013 at 18:25

  7. Oscar looks so amazing in both photos! Dang! He’s a beauty! And so are your magical inspired photos! You always make me smile!

    February 9, 2013 at 18:36

  8. Ahhhhh, doggie loves the snow! How cute!
    Your lake is beyond beautiful, covered in ice and snow. :)

    February 9, 2013 at 18:40

  9. omg…i called my fam over to show them…it almost covers the pier…i want snow!!!!

    February 9, 2013 at 18:45

  10. Wow—quite a difference in those photos…. Your furry one almost looks like a LION in that first picture… ha ha


    February 9, 2013 at 18:57

  11. sooo sooo beautiful. Nice that you showed us how it looks in summer too:-)

    February 9, 2013 at 19:03

  12. Lovely pictures:) Hanne Bente

    February 9, 2013 at 19:03

  13. Such beauty! Oscar seems to be glowing in the second shot. I’m amazed that he can lie down in the snow like that.

    February 9, 2013 at 19:04

  14. Beautiful. He is always having a good time.

    February 9, 2013 at 19:07

  15. Pat

    The lake looks beautiful in any season. So does Oscar!

    February 9, 2013 at 19:53

  16. Big difference in those two shots. Looks like Oscar appreciates both seasons.

    February 9, 2013 at 20:05

  17. Both wonderful images, so enjoyable the first one!

    February 9, 2013 at 20:27

  18. thesmittenimage

    Oscar is one amazing dog in one fantastic setting. The lighter colour to the snow on the dock compared to on the icy lake makes it appear as if there’s a shaft of sunlight.. just for Oscar. Beautiful.

    February 9, 2013 at 20:52

  19. That’s an amazing contrast! Each season brings new scenes and colours to enjoy.

    February 9, 2013 at 21:09

  20. Jim

    Oscar waiting patiently for the water to return….so he can swim once again.

    February 9, 2013 at 21:23

  21. It’s always amazing to see the difference snow and ice make!!!

    February 9, 2013 at 21:23

  22. WOW, what a contrast! The light catching the endges of Oscar’s fur is lovely. I imagine you must be looking forward to “the great thaw” by now!

    February 9, 2013 at 21:48

  23. Oscar must be one happy dog. To be able to play in the snow and swim in the lake. Beautiful images.

    February 9, 2013 at 21:57

  24. There he is in a Sea of Snow! He is a beautiful boy:)

    February 9, 2013 at 22:25

  25. I have never seen such a good looking camel…I mean it:-)

    February 9, 2013 at 22:51

  26. Lavender Cottage

    A little more snow and you wouldn’t even know there was a lake underneath. I wish my small dog liked the snow, but it’s out on the deck to do his business and right back inside.

    February 9, 2013 at 22:53

  27. I loved seeing the two seasons together in one post! Oscar’s wonderful spring summer fall or winter.

    February 9, 2013 at 23:04

  28. Wow, I have never seen a lake frozen over. That is a wonderland for sure. But cooooold, huh?

    February 9, 2013 at 23:06

  29. (Might be a repeat..if so I apologize; having the l typepad comment issues again today)…..I’m happy that you posted the two seasons together — seeing both at once gives a great feel for what it is like to live there. (And for Oscar, it is a good day whether it’s spring summer fall or winter!)

    February 9, 2013 at 23:06

  30. Oscar seems to enjoy each day…in the snow or sun.We have to pull our dock each year from the lake in Maine so that ice doesn’t damage it.

    February 9, 2013 at 23:48

  31. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. Oscar and the snowy desert as well. Thank you.

    February 9, 2013 at 23:54

  32. mtwaggin

    An incredible post and photos as always! You are blessed and oh so creative!

    February 10, 2013 at 01:31

  33. Hard to fathom all that snow from down here in the heat..

    February 10, 2013 at 01:48

  34. No wonder you named him Oscar…he is an award winning dog!!! He just makes the best of any situation….lovely.

    February 10, 2013 at 02:00

  35. May we learn to appreciate the different seasonal gifts from Mother Nature just like Oscar! He is adorable!

    February 10, 2013 at 02:09

  36. How beautiful The balloon is so nice

    February 10, 2013 at 02:59

  37. Patience, Oscar! We will swim again before we know it!

    February 10, 2013 at 03:11

  38. onceupona

    Oscar does look a wee out of color like the landscape- not that I blame him. I’m a happier animal myself when the skies and water are blue! Cheers, Danette

    February 10, 2013 at 04:08

  39. Are those Oscars paw prints leading off the jetty onto the ice? What a beautiful scene

    February 10, 2013 at 04:18

  40. priceless final pic! but then you are the BEST out there!

    Sending YOU Aloha
    from Honolulu,
    Comfort Spiral
    ~ >

    February 10, 2013 at 04:30

  41. Whether winter, spring, summer or fall a beautiful place is a beautiful place.

    February 10, 2013 at 05:28

  42. simply beautifully captured shot…lovely!

    February 10, 2013 at 05:54

  43. Incredible change over there! Snow desert is apt. Seems Oscar enjoys either snow or sunshine.

    February 10, 2013 at 07:15

  44. That really is a remarkable “now and then” set of pictures. I’d love to see that much change in my landscape – most of our trees dont even lose their leaves!!


    Stewart M – Melbourne

    February 10, 2013 at 08:47

  45. YiKeS! that’s just crazy, doesn’t even look like the same place! Oscar is gorgeous! =)

    February 10, 2013 at 09:27

  46. I like both shots.

    February 10, 2013 at 09:32

  47. J Cosmo Newbery


    February 10, 2013 at 09:36

  48. Bob

    Pretty scenery.

    February 10, 2013 at 09:54

  49. wonderful winter world, nice photos

    February 10, 2013 at 10:46

  50. Wow! Now that’s snow! And beautiful too.

    February 10, 2013 at 13:03

  51. You couldn’t get two more different scenarios if you tried Fiona, I can’t believe you guys have so much snow now, I thought you were coming to the end of your winter!

    February 10, 2013 at 16:30

  52. What lovely photos of your sweet dog!:) I cannot help, the first photo here make me think what your dog is thinking: “I’m longing for green fields and blue water!” :))))

    Lovely photos in your previous posts also!:)

    February 10, 2013 at 16:39

  53. How wonderful these images are.
    I especially love the first one.
    Beautifully simple, and simply beautiful.
    Happy Sunday to you!

    February 10, 2013 at 17:19

  54. Oscar is one with nature. He also makes every single photo more beautiful! Xxx kiss him for me. I see him everyday on my fridge!

    February 10, 2013 at 18:03

  55. A stunning sight – snow on top of ice.

    February 10, 2013 at 18:14

  56. Incredible! I love both views.:)

    February 10, 2013 at 19:01

  57. absolutelu gorgeous!!
    love both of them!!:)

    February 10, 2013 at 19:06

  58. oscar is in his element …

    February 10, 2013 at 19:36

  59. I like the everlasting footsteps on snowy desert!

    February 10, 2013 at 20:00

  60. Icy niceness.


    February 10, 2013 at 22:55

  61. Wow, what a difference! I love both photos, but the summer one is so neat with the hot air balloon in the background! Always love seeing shots of Oscar:)

    February 11, 2013 at 01:01

  62. That is amazing!!

    February 11, 2013 at 01:09

  63. What a wonderful scene that first photo is, very idyllic and peaceful. Maybe your dog knows how to make the scene look alive!

    February 11, 2013 at 03:11

  64. Your lake landscape has changed considerably. Oscar is so adaptable!

    February 11, 2013 at 04:58

  65. Hudson Howl

    Whether it be in a frozen state or liquid, it appears the dock is his place at waters edge. Docks have that same grip on me as well. It is where we launch into the water nose or bow first. It is where we watch a sun set or listen to Loons labour in love songs. Docks are where folks and dogs alike gather an simply be…………great image and shot (s).

    February 11, 2013 at 06:11

  66. I never tire of seeing your sweet dog Oscar… I’ve come to think of him as sort of a Blogland Mascot. If I got a dog I’d want it to just like him.
    xo jj

    February 11, 2013 at 06:55

  67. Dreaming of the summer to come. – Margy

    February 11, 2013 at 07:38

  68. The mystery of what lies underneath is so evokative, I love how Oscar seems as interested as me : )

    February 13, 2013 at 22:10

  69. Those are just precious! Oscar is a lovely model for your photos.

    February 16, 2013 at 00:13

  70. What a huge difference. Oscar loves snow:)
    Thanks for dropping by…

    February 18, 2013 at 09:04

  71. eden

    Love both the photos. Oscar is such a cutie.

    February 18, 2013 at 12:12

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