The Fairbanks area received three to four inches of new snow last night and today, one of the most significant snowfalls we’ve had this winter. Here is a photo of a creeping juniper (Juniperus horizontalis) in my front yard, bowed under the weight of the new snow. I took the photo this afternoon, about 3:00 p.m., as our winter evening was coming on. Although creeping juniper usually grows low to the ground, this particular plant for some reason decided to send a branch reaching for the sky. By the way, creeping juniper is a native Alaska species.