How I Spent My Weekend

Last Wednesday we had a 12″ snowstorm that threw us right into the heart of winter. Unfortunately, a lot of the trees still had leaves and weren’t strong enough to support the weight of the snow. Through the night, we repeatedly heard thumps in the backyard. I had to be away at a photo shoot during daylight hours so it wasn’t until Saturday that I saw the extent of the damage.

I’ve never witnessed a tornado firsthand, but it must look pretty much like this. The one live branch remaining on a maple we’ve been trying to keep alive fell off so now it looks like a ship’s mast. The cottonwood dropped about 20% of it’s branches.
We managed to cut everything into small pieces and put it in bins and bags for compost. I could hardly get out of bed this morning.