Snowfall at the Siegrist’s in the Smokies!
By Rachelle Siegrist
A magical thing happened at our home nestled here in the Smokies . . . snow fell! It started falling last Friday, so Wes and I ventured out for a walk, the big fluffy flakes falling all around and landing on us. It was a wet snow, so it stuck to the trees like glue, outlining each and every limb, twig and remaining leaf with snow! It was a beautiful sight and the world became a quiet and peaceful one!Being the first snow of the season, and a gorgeous one at that, I couldn’t resist taking photos, documenting our white world in pictures. The ground was warm enough that the snow melted in many areas, creating less than ideal sledding conditions. But not to worry, I was more than happy to walk around just admiring my new marshmallow world!Surprisingly during the night, even more snow fell and we awoke to a stunning winter wonderland the next morning!To top it off, the clouds parted, revealing crystal clear blue skies above, allowing the sun to shine down, thus illuminating our white world and creating a surreal winter setting! I walked around our gardens babbling to myself about how amazing and unbelievably beautiful it all was! Once again, God the master artist, had created yet another stunning masterpiece, and I was completely awestruck!So sit back in the warmth of your home and enjoy this amazing walk amongst our winter wonderlands through these photos which say more than words ever could . . . .
While I love seeing, sledding and playing in the snow, I also love being warm. So I’ve been enjoying watching . . . and I mean really watching, as it’s in Portuguese so I have to quickly read the subtitles . . . a documentary on Bossa Nova Jazz, and how it all started in the mid-50s. Of course the birth of this amazing style of music happened in warm, sunny Rio De Janeiro, so the scenery alone makes one feel at least a wee bit warmer!
Having loved Bossa Nova since the first time my Dad played one of his LPs for me as a little girl, I am intrigued by how it came to be. One of my many favorites is “The Girl from Ipanema” . . . of course the first word describing her is “tall” so perhaps that’s part of the reason. Nonetheless, watching the musician sitting outside amongst his tropical paradise while singing it, softly strumming the beautiful harmonious chords on his guitar, I could almost feel a warm sea breeze gently blowing my hair and hear the sounds of crashing surf in the distance, and I certainly felt warmer!
Today our winter wonderland is mostly gone, all that remains is a little snow in shady areas. The sun is shining and the skies are blue, much the same as in the Bossa Nova documentary in Rio De Janeiro, but alas there’s still a big discrepancy . . . . the temperatures!
~ Fresh off the Easels ~
This week brought more easel time and Wes and I finished painting our latest Tandem Treasure, featuring a gorgeous rooster we photographed while visiting the Oconaluftee Visitor Center and Mountain Farm museum with my parents this past fall. We only do a few of these special miniature tandem gems each year. We’re busy now painting for upcoming shows and doing commissions.
With hands for scale ~ Wes paints on Mr. Red
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Until next time . . .