This morning dawned foggy. When the fog lifted, the trees and bushes were covered with glistening ice crystals. It’s a wonder to behold every time, a fairy-land where the wee folk are bustling under low-hanging branches gathering frozen berries fallen from above. After tending to their chores, they often find time to amuse themselves in the snowy pleasures enjoyed by children everywhere. Then it’s back to work for them. I am very fortunate that I have a healthy population of “little people” living happily in my yard. I cannot count them, because they move so quickly and are never in one place for very long. There may be ten, or twenty, probably not much more than that, but I do have lots of places for them to hide. My dogs have learned to accept them as part of the family and, for the most part, leave them to their work and play. Sometimes, when the dogs chase rabbits, the fairies get disturbed and their little homes get damaged. But they are more worried about hawks, bluejays, and other large birds, as well as cats, who don’t always know a little person from a mouse. Usually, the fairies come out of their hiding places at night or when no one is around. This morning I was able to catch them cavorting in the snow and take a photograph of them. Their love of play was greater than their fear of me. Of course, they know I would never hurt them, but I am quite a bit bigger than they are and I might not always watch where I am walking as carefully as I might.I hope they don’t mind my sharing the photo with you. They are usually very shy about things like that. In the spring, I often see a fairy or two scurrying around the stems of tulips. They especially like the large leaves which easily hide them. My little dog, Dixie, is still young and she likes to chase the fairies although she never hurts them. My big dog, Kirby, has a habit of picking up birds and even though he tries not to hurt them, he sometimes does. So we are careful that he doesn’t find any fairies.Maybe I will be able to catch some more photographs of the fairies in my yard. It’s easier to find them in the spring, because they take advantage of the warmer temperatures to make repairs to their homes and to work in their gardens.UPDATE:I CAUGHT THEM ON CAMERA AGAIN! See the photos here.