Monday, 11 April 2016

Spring Snowstorm

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Remember Spring is a Fickle Thing three days ago?

Crocuses were showing, grass was bare.

Look what happened yesterday:



And by the time I went for my afternoon walk today, it had melted on the bottom layer because the ground was heating up from the sun, but the top layer was still fluffy snow - which meant that instead of stepping into fresh snow and creating this kind of footprint:


sometimes I stepped into snow that looked exactly the same but created this kind of footprint:

That's very wet there. Like walking in an inch of rain. If rain could pile up into a vertical inch.

Yes, I was wearing boots. But not rain boots. Probably should have been wearing rain boots.

In contrast, the streets were bare, because most of the snow was plowed off in the morning and then the sun melted all the bits left behind. There were a few puddles as a result, and that made for some interesting sights, like this reflection of a tree ...

So clear you can see the blue sky!


Further along, the snow was piled up on my favourite bench ...

Utilitarian, but comfy.

... and my not-so-favourite bench ...

Picturesque, but those slats - ouch.

and made a clean white background for the railings to throw their shadows on at the look-off shelter:







The crows were having a convention, or maybe a concert - it was hard to tell but it sure was noisy:



This rock wall made a nice contrast to the snow:



Beauty everywhere. And when it melts, there will still be beauty everywhere. I feel incredibly lucky to have so much nature at my doorstep.








12 comments:

  1. We still had snow on the deck last night, but this morning the rain has washed it away. Better weather coming, I know.

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    1. There's no stopping the seasons, is there? On a nice spring or fall day, I wish we could, but - not going to happen.

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  2. Lots of the bloggers I read (and all of the political ones) moderate their comments. It's more work, but it keeps the conversation where it still works...
    It just rained for three days, and this morning the sun finally came back out. I would gladly take some more rain, because we need it bad, but I need to do some walking outside, also.

    -Doug in Oakland

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    1. I'm discovering I'm not a rain walker either. Not until it warms up a bit. I hope you get your rain at night so you can walk during the day.

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  3. Delighted with your photos and descriptions. Thanks for taking us along on your walk.

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    1. Thanks for continuing to come along. I'm surprised how much more I see when I actually start to look. Oh, that is a silly statement, but you know what I mean.

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  4. We have had at least a little snow every day for the past two weeks. We have more now than three weeks ago. Forecast is for really warm later this week and on, but if it doesn't happen there may be a revolt of some sort. Or mass suicide.

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    1. If you have a choice, go for the revolt. The word revolt always reminds me of the Wizard of Id cartoon; the lackey tells the king, "Sir, the peasants are revolting, the peasants are revolting!" And the king says, "You're telling me!" Hah.

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  5. Love all the photos, but the reflection...
    So, so beautiful.
    The crows were plotting. And if the people who decide collective nouns are to be believed (a murder of crows) nothing good.

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    1. The reflection was SO clear - the puddle was like a mirror. And I'm pretty sure you're right about that particular murder. They were loud and they were all talking at once. Just like a human gossip session :)

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  6. I love that pic of the tree reflection, and the one of the railing shadows is nice, too! :)

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    1. Thank you - coming from a real photographer, that's very encouraging!

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