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Leap Snow

Snowy junipers

It’s snowing! For real snowing going-to-fall-until-tomorrow-morning snowing. Just now, it’s in the stage where it’s sticking to branches and looking pretty. It’s particularly nice on evergreens with that dark green and white contrasty thing going on. The ground is warm enough, so it’s not sticking to the paths yet. Yet.

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No snow today

Trail of cat prints in brief snow

We had snow before, and there will be more, but we have no snow today.

It fell in the night, silent and white, and then it melted away.

While it lay on the ground, the cat made his rounds,  leaving a steady trail.

Then he came inside, licked himself dry, and covered his nose with his tail.


How to look at a snowbank

Hey, it's a snowbank. Of course it ain't pretty.

There are many ways to look at a snowbank.

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Melt indicator

Melting snow on full tilt

The shovel handle I stuck in the snow has turned into a kind of melt indicator. The overall level of snow has gone down a little, but the real indication is how far the handle has tilted. When it finally falls over, maybe then I’ll consider that winter might actually end around here.

Snow breaks

Lilac bush showing branches broken under snow

There’s young shoots and snowdrops, and then there’s the ugly things revealed by melting snow.

Bad snow! You broke my lilac bush!

A teeny bit of melting

Snow trails

Some of the trails are trodden by squirrels.
Some are the glazes of trickling rills.
Except calling them rills is a wording too strong,
For the trails of a melt that is oozing along.
Just the feeble signs of a slightly warm day,
And another false promise it will all go away.

Melt, already!

Snow on a stair to nowhere going nowhere

There’s only so many pictures you can take of snow of ice, especially when it looks exactly the same from day to day. Exactly the same. So…here’s what it looks like at night.

New shovel enters

New blue shovel bravely stands up to snow

Here’s what we’re up against: mounds and mounds and piles and banks of snow. I hope my new shovel will even out the score!

Snow 1, Shovel 0

Cheap snow shovel ???? - 2011

Let that be a warning to you all.

Snow banks

One of the snow banks

The storm has blown by overnight, and here is one of the snow banks it formed.  I love the shapse the snow can form, sweeping crests and overhanging waves. It amazes me how firmly those shapes stay put. And I love it even more when those snow banks form in the right places.

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