Image taken Friday morning (18 Jan) in Shaftesbury, north Dorset, England, following a heavy snowfall over night.
Transformed into a paradise, a winter wonderland.
From the day before, when all was normal and so bland.
A winter storm predicted, a great blizzard they had said.
It happened overnight while I was sleeping in my bed.
The wind blew in the winter storm and howled most of the night.
The heavy snow fell later on, I saw it by moonlight.
Then sometime in the darkness I began to fall asleep.
The howling wind had lulled me into my dreams so deep.
But when the morning sun came up I saw what nature planned.
The picture through my window was a winter wonderland.
More beautiful a masterpiece an artist could not paint.
Much like the days of long ago, the scene peaceful and quaint.
Not a single object had escaped the falling crystal snow.
And with the shining sun each single object was aglow.
The giant trees were covered, top to bottom, every one.
Before the snow, unfinished, now the painting, finally done.
Each cabin looked so lovely, from the chimneys rose the smoke.
The snow, a thick white blanket, draped on all, just like a cloak.
Icicles were hanging from the tops of the chalets.
As if they had been painted on, a stunning ice display.
Untouched by any human, one of nature’s gifts bestowed.
The footprints of a deer, the only sign of life below.
All was twinkling like the stars, a sight that was so grand.
A paradise created, a picture perfect wonderland.
(Poem by Samia Ali Arroyo)