Tag: snow photos

Melting, melting, streams, snow going

We can see ground! Really wet ground. The last snowstorm was on Friday, melting started on Saturday, melting geared up on Sunday and today whoohoo rivers of melt water.

The areas where there was walking or driving have deep frost and are bumped up, but the other spots seem to have very little because the snow was so deep.

Water rushing out of the fields and into the ditch, lots of water.
Water rushing out of the fields and onto the next level, lots of water. This is just to the south of my outdoor arena.
River of melt water only flows in spring.
River of melt water only flows in spring. It goes down to our neighbor’s driveway – this year it isn’t overflowing their culvert, surprising, but good for them.
Snow path remnants in orchard (these are snowshoe trails)
Snow path remnants in orchard (these are snowshoe trails)
Dips and rolls in field show up as snow.
Dips and rolls in field show up as snow. There was quite a bit of drifting snow this winter.
Green, we see green!
Green, we see green! Underwater green.

20 below and 16 mph winds – yah it’s cold

Layers and mufflers, insulated boots and gloves – initially it feels OK. I really mean that, I’ve gotten acclimated over the last several weeks of a lot of below zero weather, but the difference is the cold seeps in fast and putting your hands in gloves in your pockets isn’t enough to help. The other thing is your face really needs to be covered.

If you haven’t been out in really cold weather I don’t think you can get a real idea of it. It’s much colder than a walk-in freezer, then again in wind blocked, sunny corners it’s a lot warmer. And usually when it’s this cold it’s bright. sparkly, sunny and the sky is clear, cloudless blue. This time, this morning it was cloudy and there was ice crystals blowing making it look like fog in the trees, but this afternoon…clear blue and cold.

This afternoon, along with the bright sunlight the wind has come up to a steady 16 mph out of the west. Wind and very cold, I’m glad I’m not a horse, but then again I’m amazed at how well they can tolerate it. But days of such cold wears on them and they get tired of wearing blankets too.

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Sunset on the coldest day of the year.

Give me 10 below or even 15 without the wind and I’ll be walking down Wester Avenue again.

Snow in May!

Here in the North, we had just started to believe spring was finally taking hold after a long, white season. The last of the huge snow piles are melted, the ice is out on many of the lakes, the grass is making a gargantuan attempt to rise up green in the pasture, daylight is way longer and the robins are crazily serenading into the twilight.SnowydayMay22013 010 Gardening seemed imminent.

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Wester Avenue critters – salute to A. A. Milne

“Hallo, Rabbit,” he said, “is that you?”

“Let’s pretend it isn’t,” said Rabbit, “and see what happens.”                        — A. A. Milne

The snow, deep as it is, has a lovely crust that invites bunnies to eat my ornamental shrubbery in the late winter sunshine. The bunnies in question seem to have multiplied suddenly, putting tracks everywhere and making the dogs dream of successful pursuit. Alas the crust is not that sturdy, so bunnies have the current advantage.

“It’s your fault, Eeyore. You’ve never been to see any of us. You just stay here in this one corner of the Forest waiting for the others to come to you. Why don’t you go to THEM sometimes?”
A.A. Milne, The House at Pooh Corner

I’ve been wanting to catch a photo of the horses in  their before breakfast fake fighting dance, however, instead they offer me silly over the shoulder looks from the sunshine corner.

You will be better advised to watch what we do instead of what we say.        —A. A. Milne

These three mourning doves communed on the top of the bird feeder for a while this morning. Happily sitting and warily watching. If you look closely at the last photo you’ll be able to see the flared tail of one of the doves taking off (interestingly it disappears in the photo, somehow erasing itself).

I have a great appreciation of A. A. Milne’s Pooh stories, do you? Do you have a favorite saying or character?