To those of my friends from warmer climes who have recently asked me “are you seeing signs of Spring”, the answer is “no”. Don’t just take my word for it, ask these cardinals.
No sign of it yet, but this bush, related to the English hawthorn, will eventually be covered with white flowers as thick as this snow. The thorns are longer and thicker than the hawthorn. You can see several in this picture.
The pair changed places for the next picture.
Note the less gaudy female cardinal in the background in the upper left.
We’re expecting another 10 cm of snow tonight.
On another topic, I liked the patterns this bark beetle made on a piece of bark that fell off our firewood. Some kinds of the beetles are a pest, carrying disease like Dutch Elm, to which I’ve lost about 10 beautiful elms over the last few years, but I think these ones only do this much damage when the tree is already close to end of life.
OK, not quite what William Blake wrote, but close enough.
I took this shot through a drop forming on the end of an icicle, then flipped it over so you can see the refracted image the right side up.
You can see our cars parked on the snow in front of the house and, behind that, the woods with the sun low in the sky.
Although Blake’s poem referred to wild flowers, you can imagine there aren’t many out yet, since there is still over a foot of snow. Luckily, I have some house plants in bloom, including this orchid which nicely shows a bud, an opening bud, a fully open bloom and the dying remnants of one, all on one stem.
I also like this wax plant, glistening with the sugar it excretes:
My friends out west (except Vancouver) probably won’t sympathise much, but we had a bit of a storm Friday night. The good thing about snow storms is that at least the temperature goes up a bit:
Clearly, Herr Fahrenheit was over-optimistic when he set his zero point; he thought that that was as cold as it could get.
But the snow is hard work. The road was ploughed by 7:30 a.m. – we get to small country roads a bit faster than my friends in England – and Tony had our driveway done for 9, so all I had to do was dig out Carol’s car and shovel the path from the front door to the driveway:
I’m holding a tape measure: 19″. A lot of shovelling.
The car is out already and the path was soon done:
Then it was time to enjoy the scenery, so I took a walk down to the river.
I took a look back from the same spot:
The river was almost completely buried under the snow:
The two little lumps on the lower left are where the “bridge” is – just two cedar logs at the moment.
It would not be wise to walk on this as the river is still flowing underneath as you can see through this hole, below. You wouldn’t want to get dragged under the snow by the current.
After all that snow, it was nice to come in and see the sun hitting the corner of fish tank at just the right angle to make a spectrum.
and even this silver fish picked up a bit of colour:
It is right at the surface, so the upside-down fish above are just reflections.