9.25 was the number yesterday. 9.25 inches of snow, a 100-year-record in my area of the country for this late in March. It was a year ago that I went to a friend’s home to photograph her garden because she thought she would miss it before she returned from her winter home in the South. I went hiking one day in mid-March without sunscreen and paid the price. All the Spring wildflowers had faded by the first of April.
But this year? 9.25 inches of heavy wet snow. It started Sunday, dumping a few inches on the ground but not sticking to the roads. By noon it had stopped and everything on the trees and lawns had melted. I thought we had dodged a bullet. Around dinner time it started up again with a fury, covering the ground within minutes. Because Daylight Savings Time is earlier now than in past years, this may have been the first time I experienced a heavy snowstorm in the daylight — at 8 pm!
Monday morning everything was covered. It was cold and the winds had picked up. At times it was difficult to tell if it was snowing again — and often it was — or whether it was merely snow being shaken off the trees. Every once and awhile I would see a robin. This weather isn’t for the birds! I bet that bird wondered why he had booked his return flight north so early.
I wandered outside later in the day, accompanied by my camera and my iPhone. Since the iPhone is new, I thought I’d take a few setups with both. Having a phone that was so old my family liked to tease me that it was “so last century” (hyperbole runs rampant in my household, but they were almost correct), I have been amazed at the quality of the photos this little wonder that fits in my pocket can take.
But you know what? I’m bored with pictures of the trees in the woods covered with snow. I’m fatigued by ice crystals slowly melting off the picnic table. I’m no longer fascinated by the frost patterns on the windows and sidewalks. I’ve seen enough of footprints left by woodland critters on the driveway. I’m fed-up with the constant grey haze that permeates the midwestern winter. I’m solar-powered and I need the sun!
And yet, in the midst of the white fluffy snow, there are hints that this Second Winter, Winter 2.0, or The Winter That Never Ends — call it what you want — will in fact melt away and soon there will be flowers and trees in bloom.
I didn’t like any of the photos that I shot, but this one, with just a hint of yellow and green against the rocks reminds me to keep looking forward a few weeks to more enjoyable weather. The photos weren’t as clear as I liked, nor were they exposed correctly (dark afternoon shadows and bright-grey light — ugh!). So this seemed a perfect candidate for adding some artistic, painterly effects and some overlays. I liked adding a texture (Kim Klassen’s Grunged Up 2) to the snow. I’m over it looking pretty in its pristine condition. Don’t beguile me with your whiteness, ye blanket of snow! When it doesn’t melt around here, it gets very grungy looking and so I thought this image deserved the same. Pow! Take that snow!
Linking up for Kim Klassen’s Texture Tuesday. This week’s theme: Flowers. New green growth with a few buds hinting at blossoms is about as close as you can get to flowers in the wild here and I wasn’t about to head out to the store in the snow! 🙂