After the summer sun and autumn colors, early winter brings snow and ice to the ornamental garden.
The once flowing water has frozen overnight, but the morning sun is starting to bring some life back into the fountain.
The privet hedge is still green under its layer of snow, but everything else about the landscape is dull.
But it is not a solemn scene; far from it, the blue sky promises a clear day ahead, and we are wrapped up warm against the cold.
As we breathe our breath freezes in front of us, and out footsteps crunch on the ice, and it feels good to walk and to feel so alive.
It is winter, and soon we may get to yearn for warm days again, but for this moment, we are glad to be able to enjoy this winter landscape.