It really is. But March could not leave without leaving another snowy gift. It is still damp, rain and occasional wet snow but the warmer days are coming.
Things are busy at the bird feeders as well. You can hear the spring bird song and activity picks up in anticipation of new life all around. Of course all that activity means the feathered ones have to burn more fuel and the feeders empty out very fast. What they don’t eat, the squirrels do.
This time of transition is always one of the hardest to be patient in. It is like the earth holds her breath before exhaling blooms and babies. It teaches us patience and hope. As much as it feels like Winter will never leave, it always does eventually.
Something you can count on.
The March superstorm arrived around 3:30 with some light snow that picked up around 5:30-6AM. It was upgraded to a blizzard by last night and is living up to the hype.
We have around a foot that has fallen in the past 6 hours, winds are something to be reckoned with and everything is closed. We’re maybe a third of the way through the storm.
It has been a while since we saw something like this…we have had a few blizzards but the snowfall amount coming out of this one reminds me of 1993. It’s a good day (or two) to stay indoors and putter around. I’ll have to get a photo up of the final snowfall amount. Until then, have a great day!
Here in the Northeast, we are gearing up for a major snow storm.
It seems like the days around St. Patrick’s Day can be a ripe time for late winter-early spring storms and blizzards. After breaking record high temperatures for 3-4 days at the end of February…now we have been locked in the freezer for a bit and the storm looms. But that’s winter for you.
This was our yard after the blizzard of 1993…we had another good one in 2007…and now we may get 12-18 inches of snow beginning in the wee hours Tuesday. This morning was relatively calm and sunny but the clouds are moving in. We have plenty of supplies and I just hope our power stays on. It’s not anything unusual for the area but you would think so by the reaction of so many people. Winter will be winter and March is wild and unpredictable.
I will post a couple of shots as we go along. Presently there is no snow cover, That’s going to change in a big way. Or will it fizzle out? Stay tuned…for that has happened as well in the past. Be safe.
I mean, seriously?
I had this photo all ready to upload when I got back from leading the 2 retreats at the end of August. With apologies for being late as usual. Then, as it seems to be the case a lot lately – life happens and you get all goofed up. For some of us, it doesn’t take much!
Back on a relatively even keel however. The retreats went well, the weather was about as good as you can get at the end of August in the mountains. And now…Autumn is here and some of the trees are starting to turn. It was a dry summer and the famous “they” say that the trees were stressed and color may not be as good. We will see. All I know is that I am happy that the heat and humidity have gone.
Otherwise, I have been keeping busy and have another retreat coming up soon, a day presentation on Contemplative Creativity. Hopefully I can get back to making my mandalas once again. Plus a few more painted mandala rocks. They sure do come out colorful!
Until next time….be happy.
I can’t believe how summer is flying by.
One minute you are celebrating the disappearance of the last snow ple and next thing you know…everything is in full bloom. This photo was taken last week on a trip (on a relatively cool day) to Yaddo for a trip through the gardens. A few of us got together and had a great time taking pictures. You can read all about Yaddo via the link. It is a very interesting place,
The mansion pictured here is an artists’ community, and off limits to the general public except for special occasions. You still get a grand view of it from your vantage point across a vast expanse of lawn. It was the home of Spencer and Katrina Trask, and the name came from one of the children who could not pronounce “shadow” And so…it is Yaddo.
The Rose Garden is lovely, although not in full bloom when we were there. A beautiful pool/fountain with koi and water plants enhance the garden. Hedges form the dividers to keep visitors on the pathways. It is beautifully maintained.
Behind a rose pergola is the woodland garden, with pools, streams and fountains. This provides a delightful spot to cool down if it is a hot and sunny day.
I try to get there at least once a year and happy that I finally did. It is a gem only about 1/2 hour from home. Close to the racetracks if you are so inclined or the City of Saratoga which in itself makes for a great day trip.
Then it is back home and I water my own “feral garden” – named thus because I have not been able to keep up with it as I once did but the perennials have a field day. All in all, it is a wonderful season even if it does get hot and humid.
What could be better than late May/June days? The days are warmer, things are blooming, the bugs are not as bad as they are going to get. At least here. It is the time when the earth fulfills the promise it makes every year…that life goes on, and there is always something beautiful to see if you look hard enough.
For me, it’s also about the babies. Eggs are hatching all over, and although the birds are growing rapidly I did get out to catch a few of the goslings and ducklings locally while they were still in the “fuzzy” stage. Less broods it seems, so I am thinking that many eggs were addled to cut back on the populations…especially the geese. We always seem to have an overabundance if measures are not taken.
My favorite catch this year was this pair of Wood Ducks in Washington Park in Albany. They can be terribly elusive and shy, so I was delighted to be able to get quite a few photos in two trips a friend and I made, We have plenty of geese and mallards..usually up to our butts in them. But these little creatures..only a little larger than a good sized pigeon…have delightful markings and tend to find quiet areas.
Looking forward to a hermit retreat in a bit…where I will be off to one of the cabins at Still Point. There, I look forward to a couple of days of intense, up close nature observance. Time away from the bustle of ordinary life can be a refreshing change of pace.
I can’t wait!
Once again, I fell behind in posting 🙁
Not to worry…we may not have snow as we had in the last entry in April, but it is chilly, damp and yesterday with the winds as well it felt more like March. Today is calmer, still somewhat chilly but the leaves are on the trees, things are blooming and somehow it doesn’t seem so bad after all.
Already had my Spring presentation at the Dominican Retreat and Conference Center. It was a lovely day, we had a nice group and already the wheels in my head are spinning for the next retreat there in the Fall, and two up at Pyramid Life Center
in August. Always a lot of fun…talking about the beauty around us and seeing the creations the people come up with. I am one blessed person.
Yes, I am 🙂
The other day, I posted a shot showing the bit of snow we had, and mentioned that the next day, we would be getting 1-3 inches more of snow. Well, the second storm came in very early Monday morning and we had about 3.5 here, and some places had up to 6+ inches of the white stuff. This was followed by cold air, so you had to clear it out. Things were crunchy for a day or so.
Fast forward to yesterday (Thursday) The temperature rises to about 60, and around 4PM a sudden storm with heavy rain and straight line winds to 85 MPH in places created havoc. Also, washed away most of Monday’s snow. Within a weeks’ time, we had late Spring weather, high winds, snow, more snow, REALLY high winds and now things are calming down but chilly.
Today was a chilly mix of rain, some sleet up near the place where I do volunteer work, and then a quick, small squall here at home. The cardinal is not impressed, and looks like one of those “Angry Birds” you see. Can’t say I blame him!
From what I hear, temperatures are supposed to stay chilly for another week or so, then perhaps we can get back to seasonal. But not without winter’s last hurrah…one that knocked our record for least snowiest season on its butt. Oh well, its all good in the end.
I know it is a couple of days past April 1, but perhaps that’s part of the joke!
We had a little bit of snow during the night, and 1-3 inches due tomorrow. Snow in April is not unusual but the fact that the winter has been snow-LESS for the most part makes it worthy of an eye roll or two. I do think of my father when we have Spring snow. He would call it the “Poor Man’s Fertilizer”
The bird feeders are hubs of activity and somewhere up in the trees I hear a red-wing blackbird calling. The grackles and starlings are beginning to hog the feeders and the mourning doves are back as the clean up committee. Soon, I’ll fill the fountain and start it up for the season. The beginning of a new cycle of growth and regeneration and it never gets old.
At least in my immediate little world.
Some places had snow and more snow, we heard about storms all over but our winter was incredibly mild. Here in my area of town I don’t think we had much more than 6 inches of snow all winter. After last winter I will not complain. The good thing is that we did have rains. Heavy at times but moisture for our water tables.
And embarrassingly enough, I was negligent in keeping the page up to date (obviously, since the last entry was 2 months ago) But it has been quiet, I got back into an old love – art – since there were no special snow scenes to photograph. I had picked up an adult coloring book and colored pencils for a friend for Christmas, got a Spirograph for my great niece and art supplies for the other great niece and then I started getting into coloring also. Which led to coloring downloaded mandala designs and ultimately creating my own designs. This one is the latest and it was probably the most labor intensive.
I have found that it is a very meditative experience and it’s great to tap into a long abandoned hobby. I found a couple of groups on Facebook and joined, and enjoy seeing other peoples’ work as well. It has been a great pastime in which I spend entirely too much time. But I am retired, so as long as the house stays one step ahead of the Health Department guidelines I don’t worry about such trivial things (insert wink emoticon…LOL)
Find YOUR bliss. Life is short – make time for your own creative abilities to grow.