THE ONLY THING WARM THIS MORNING was the reflected light on the Olympic mountains from this morning’s sunrise . A cool 23° on the hillside above Puget Sound.

At first light every morning we have several visitors:

They generally don’t like to share the feeders with each other but have been forced to since we are hanging only one feeder at a time (one hags out, one thaws inside).

This was the scene on Monday afternoon before the wind came up big-time. Some time after dark we had gusts strong enough to snap off the top one-third of an Incense Cedar, seen below yesterday. I hope the tree will survive. The falling top missed my vegetable garden by just ten feet!

A little garlic shoot poking through the snow.

Brussels sprout stalks waiting for Thanksgiving dinner.

A couple of maple leaves hanging on make a striking contrast against the snow.