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Until next year…

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I post a picture and just a few words.

snow covered evergreen

A few days ago, we got what I think will be our last snow until next winter.   It’s almost mid-March and the forecast is full of 40 °-50 ° days, so the snow will be a melted memory in a day or two.

I’m definitely ready for warmer days, but there’s a small part of me that feels a little wistful about the snow’s departure, only because it’s so beautiful.

If only there was a way to go straight from snow to the green bloominess of April…to skip right over the brown weeks in between.


Joshua’s got two photos up this week from the storm before this one…an ice storm, which as arguably even more beautiful.

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Wednesday 11th of March 2015

I live in Northern California, where it's been downright balmy almost all of 2015 so far. That sounds nice, but it portends a rough, drought-ridden summer--we had just enough rain to spark a lot of plant growth--terrible wild fires often follow. So while I love our beautiful weather, it's tinged with fear for our natural resources.

I lived in Ohio until I was 5. One of my very vivid memories was a spring day when the snow was melting--green grass peeked around clumps of wet, melting snow and rivulets of melting snow run off ran through the grass and trees. Since normally I would have been walking on sidewalks and pavement to and from school or to my grandma's house, I'm not sure why I was walking in a more woodsy area with friends, but it is a strong memory and it was very beautiful--the green grass was especially vibrant after winter's greys and white. There was slippery, wet brown mud, too, and the air was crisp and cold. I wish I had a photograph of what I can see so clearly in my mind's eye.


Wednesday 11th of March 2015

I'm not sure it's impossible to skip over the melting of snow (we affectionately call it Breakup) but here in Alaska, it only takes a few days once it gets going. Then it only takes a few days for everything to go from brown to green. When I went to the hospital to have my baby, there wasn't any green and when I came home 3 days later the grass was green and leaves were on the trees. I guess it's the sun that makes things change so quickly.


Tuesday 10th of March 2015

We haven't had any snow since January, and we really need it! Have had several brush fires close by already, and this is only March! I think the northeast got all the snow the northwest needed! At any rate, I love winter, and I think the worst season of the year is early spring with all the mud! Late spring though, is magnificent!


Tuesday 10th of March 2015

Ha! Well, living in Denver, I know better than to try to call "last snow" - especially in March (which is our snowiest month of the year.) Won't be out of the woods until late May on that one, but at least the weather between snowstorms is improving! :-)


Tuesday 10th of March 2015

I'm afraid we still have another month of snow here in our neck of the woods. After two incredibly hard winters, even mud would be welcome! But snow IS pretty...

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