The patterns of snow on branches, twigs, and thorns makes for an interesting study of nature. We've had snow on the ground since December 26, 2012 - a huge improvement over the lack of snow last winter. We're also having a cold snap with temps down to 12°F - nothing compared to our Canadian neighbors, or what my friends in Wyoming experience each year, but unusual for Ohio in recent years. I heard on the news this morning that Ohio had the warmest year on record for 2012, and it is expected to get warmer each year in the future. Global climate change means not only increased spring and summer temps, but more extreme weather in winter as well.
In case you're wondering how one stays warm while doing winter photography:
3 layers: thermal technical layer, hiking pants, rain paints for lower half plus wool socks and snow boots; upper half = technical layer, fleece layer and down jacket. Very toasty and warm. Here's a picture from Steve showing me doing one of my winter studies.