Thursday, February 11, 2010

More Snow on the Prairie

I awoke this morning to find snow on the Prairie. It was a light, fluffy, wet snow. The kind of snow that makes a pretty picture for Christmas cards. It was so nice, that I decided I needed a snow day so I took the day off work. I may take another one tomorrow because the snow has not let up and it is expected to fall until the early hours on Friday morning. So far, DFW Airport – the official weather station for the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex – has recorded 9.4 inches of snow for today. That's a record one-day total for this area.

I took a couple of pictures of the snow on the Prairie – the fourth time this winter – and decided to go on a field trip to the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve for a change of scenery. Arbor Hills is a 200-acre park in the City of Plano with trails through upland forest, riparian forest, and blackland prairie features. Arbor Hills is an natural jewel in a city often maligned for its suburban sameness and manicured lawns.

Welcome signs describe the three primary landscape characteristics at Arbor Hills

A pavilion at the entrance to Arbor Hills

A flock of Cedar Waxwings enjoyed the snow from the top of this group of trees.

A close up of the Cedar Waxwings

A snowy pathway

Approaching the Observation Tower

One of the views from the Observation Tower

Leaving the Observation Tower

Lichen and snow on a tree trunk

The bright red berries of Possumhaw Holly, Ilex decidua

The snow is pretty, but bring on Spring!


  1. I enjoyed your snowy field trip. Great idea to see a public garden in such conditions. It looks beautiful in the snow. But yes, I'm about ready for spring too.

  2. What a great day and post! Loved seeing your winter wonderland. And am thinking you should take days off more often.


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