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Some Snow

Well... as I said to Philine the other day - it feels strange to be having Spring when I feel like I'm still waiting for winter.  This has been the third driest winter on record for Flagstaff, and while we had some cold days, and some snow - it just wasn't enough.  Global warming certainly has a grip on the South West here.  Just as one example - without freezing temperatures to kill off the bark beetles, they thrive.  When they thrive they start to kill our trees.  When they kill our trees, small fires become explosive fires.  And with such precious little winter moisture, precious little snow to melt, this will surely be a devestating summer. 

 

Now that I've cheered you on this fine Monday - enjoy some photos this week from one of our few snow storms!   :-)

Some Snow

Well... as I said to Philine the other day - it feels strange to be having Spring when I feel like I'm still waiting for winter.  This has been the third driest winter on record for Flagstaff, and while we had some cold days, and some snow - it just wasn't enough.  Global warming certainly has a grip on the South West here.  Just as one example - without freezing temperatures to kill off the bark beetles, they thrive.  When they thrive they start to kill our trees.  When they kill our trees, small fires become explosive fires.  And with such precious little winter moisture, precious little snow to melt, this will surely be a devestating summer. 

 

Now that I've cheered you on this fine Monday - enjoy some photos this week from one of our few snow storms!   :-)

comments (18)

Nice photo, Elizabeth, after our close call!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Frank! Another lovely day with you!
Sadly true words. Our weather is abnormal here too.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It's so frightening some days. I just try to live day by day and do what I can... try not to think of the future.
It breaks my heart for you, Elizabeth, because I know YOU know what you're talking about. In the meantime, we'll enjoy the snow pics!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Ginnie. Just pray for the moisture that's flooding the East coast to somehow shift and provide for the West. I know it's scientifically impossible... but what else can we do?
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 9 Apr 2018, 05:50
Great picture and indeed all the thing say are true, Elizabeth. For now I enjoy this picture. I love snow, however this is not enough snow to end the drought.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, very much, Astrid... Some sad times.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 9 Apr 2018, 06:37
It looks pretty, but having read your words..
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you... I know...
Paysage magnifique !
Bonne journée
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Claudine! You, too!
By contrast I think we had the wettest March for many years and our problem looks like being flooding.

Mess with mother nature and she will bite you back
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I know you have.... crazy isn't it!

I saw a bumper sticker the other day that said "If we ignore the environment long enough - maybe it will just go away"
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 9 Apr 2018, 08:37
I love this snow picture - and I can imagine your pleasure to see it.
We have now other sorrows, you might have heard of the cruel amoc drive in our city.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you very much, Philine!
Yes I did - I'm so sorry...
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 9 Apr 2018, 08:43
You must have had our share of global warming, it’s been the coldest winter for a few years and we have had so much rain that I thought we would sink.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I guess - it seems everything east of the Mississippi is frozen or flooding...
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 9 Apr 2018, 09:44
This is a great shot. In our little country we have floods, while a 1,000 km away the countryside suffers a very severe drought. So bad, that some towns are without water. A big city like Cape Town, talk about Day Zero, when the taps will dry up.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Louis! I know it's much the same where you are... so sad - and scary!
I really like these your last landscapes, they are full of melancholy, and I love melancholy.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you so much, Claudio. I am glad to evoke some emotion with my photos!
Answer private comment. Hello Elizabeth, I checked, the changes in preferences are made, only they do not appear, perhaps because these photos were previously entered, even the next had already been loaded. I will see if the changes will be valid for the photos that I will enter later. Thank you.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Ok - yes I bet you're right. We'll have to watch your future posts!
A strange story indeed for you Arizona folks but as a few have already said we have had an awful couple of months here, it has got 5 weeks to sort itself out as we are having some time in the Peak District and we want decent weather then. Anyway your picture, not a big fall of snow is it, but for some reason I like the most unusual fence in the foreground.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Quite a contrast... seems everything east of the Mississippi is either frozen or flooded. I'll pray for good weather for your Peak District trip!
Thank you, Brian. That's what we call a split rail fence - very common here where wood is plentiful, and hardware difficult to come by back in the day.
  • Ray
  • Not Germany...
  • 9 Apr 2018, 12:49
You do a nice job of tying together the consequences, Elizabeth...and, illustrate it with a fine pic, too!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Ray - I'm glad you think so... Much appreciated!
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 9 Apr 2018, 14:30
Well thanks for that; may Monday was going OK until read this smile I like the stark contrast in this image.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Sorry, Alan :-( Thank you!
You have described our area too, the same situation. We had only two major snows, totally unheard of here. It snowed last night though and Thurs or Friday a bit. Ha ha, Spring! Actually this moisture is much needed though everyone complained about it.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: So strange, Mary... especially with the terrible storms that have crawled up the US East Coast. They must move off shore or peter out before they get to you?
Those are cheering thoughts, Elizabeth - just another sign that we are ruining the earth.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: You're welcome! smile We are indeed. Sorry lot that we are.
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 9 Apr 2018, 22:27
it does have a very wintery, yet appealing look

i love those type of fences and the snow lying on top really outlines them well

btw, we've been informed that arkansas has an infestation of bull gnats this year. i've never heard of them, but i'm sure i'll be acquainted all too soon

i thought of that because of your narrative

joy, all around : - )
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It didn't last long :-(

I do, too, Sherri - we have a lot of them out here.

Bull gnats? Just sounds horrible!! You need more bats and hummingbirds smile

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