Last night a new snowfall started, to celebrate the winter solstice and to replace what the rain had washed away a few days ago. On my way to work, the bare branches of the trees looked like lace in the dim light. This image doesn't do justice to the original: I didn't have time to wait for sunrise.
The snow continued for most of the day: light, but steady: small, wet flakes that stuck to everything they touched.
Midday: despite a moderate wind, the snow balances steadily on bare thorns.
The snow makes everything beautiful...
...even a stray shopping cart.
By late afternoon, the sky was clear, the sun was out, and the pavement was covered in puddles. But the snow had not all melted away.
The snow is a little misshapen, but still doing its balancing act on the branches.