While this time of the year is a paradise of photo opportunities for photographers there is no doubt some extra precautions are required.....like making sure you have an adequate food and consumable supply and pay attention to the weather forecasts...... keeping batteries charged and making sure you don't leave things lying around the garden as they are liable to dissapear until spring! To be sure the kids in particular love this time of year......apart from the fact it is close to christmas ..... it is also a lot of fun playing in the snow. Watching birds at the birdfeeder is also easier as is spotting the resident red and gray squirrels that abound on our property. It is also fairly important that the fire does not go out...... life tends to revolve around that particular activity....... Some photos of the snow and ice around the place....... BEFORE the storm came through........ luckily so far we have not lost power.