Snow balls?

0705/16th March 2023

The rising Sun today chased the Moon from the sky.

Yesterday’s dawn was quite different, the land appearing subdued, shocked even by the assault of such a prolonged and damaging storm.

But temperatures rose rapidly and the landscape changed, minute to minute so it was like being part of a fast-forward film.

We drove through the village and then to Greenwich and I did my best to capture what I saw, though once the Sun came out, the light was so blinding, I could only point and shoot and hope for some decent results.

Last night I attempted to edit them but my system did not cooperate, so I hope it is in a better humour today. We’ll see…

The snow plow had arrived on Tuesday night at 1130, clearing the driveway into a six foot snow pile.

Grant had been keeping our walkway clear but had to do it again and then made a path in and out of the garage.

Digging wet snow is a serious chore and I don’t like not being able to help, so I got my boots on and went to see if there was anything I could contribute.

“Take pictures!” Duh.

I was allowed to brush snow off the air conditioner. Then I cleared the patio table so I could scatter bird seed on it.

A vicious wind had plastered snow against every surface.

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The tip of Sparrow’s favourite tree broke off šŸ™

But their bushes were in a more terrible state.

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“Got no place to sit, missus!”

Even the Snowbird was impressed: “Bit much, isn’t it?”

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Many trees have been bent and broken.

Two of our poplar trees

If you saw the film “Dr Zhivago”…

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These conditions are awful for wildlife, so we offer what we can.

A Chickadee and Nuthatch shared some peanut suet.

Crows, however find it entertaining:

“Not easy, doing my strut in that stuff!”

“My toes is froze!”

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“All de-iced and airworthy.”

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At 1130 we set off for the dentist, admiring our pristine snow field.

The the light was now dazzling.

My clip-on sun glasses are so effective, I am unable to see the camera screen if I wear them, so when I’m taking pictures, I just squint.

Come to think of it, I don’t seem yet to have used the sun glasses.

As we made our way to the main road, we noticed a curiosity:

Snow balls.

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If you look closely, you may see some in these images.

They aren’t specks on the lens. They are snow balls.

As if a giant had been playing marbles.

As we drove along, I captured some closer images.

In all my many winters, I’ve never seen this before.

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But I’ve never witnessed a snowstorm quite like this.

Presumably these “snow balls” were created by the combination of high wind and precipitation and just the right temperature.

Every day something new, even at my age.

The little pond at the end of our road where the Adirondack chairs sit, ever ready for occupancy, no matter the weather!

A few weeks ago, we saw a small furry creature shoot off into the bushes here. Grant thought it was a mink. It was the first time I’ve seen one, as far as I know.

Turning on to the state route we were glad to be renting our post box from the Post Office where it is safe, dry and accessible!

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But we were dismayed to see the condition of this pretty tree.

It seemed bent, not broken, so we hope it will recover.

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The Dentist’s Office, 1140 am

An hour later, we headed to Greenwich…..

…to be continued….

8 thoughts on “Snow balls?

  1. Thank you for sharing these stunning, and beautiful, pictures of your snow.
    Really lovely!

  2. You certainly got battered, but it created some marvellous sights for you to capture. I reckon the birds and animals have been having a snowball fight while you were asleep!

  3. Wow! You really got hammered. Reminded me of my years in the mid-Hudson valley when snowstorms would disrupt my world and bring down trees and power lines and I would worry about getting up and down the drive safely.

    And heavy wet snow is the hardest on tree limbs. You just have to think of it as a free pruning. (If only the clear-up came free too!)

    But at least you fed the outdoor creatures. And I am certain the indoor ones were well taken care of!.

    And it will all melt soon. That is the good thing about March snowstorms.

  4. I am very glad to know that you (and all the creatures you feed) are safe and sound. The photographs, which are always wonderful under normal circumstances, are astonishing of this snowstorm. I have never seen natural snowballs before, but I think your guess as to how they happen sounds right. Thank you for documenting this storm of a lifetime for those of us in the midwest who have been very fortunate this year to have had a mild winter.

  5. Wow, that looks like a lot of snow … must be if even the snowbirds are impressed! Your photos are beautiful, I enjoyed looking at them so much now – the world is sparkling white! And the snowballs are definitely unique. Can I just say it again: I really enjoyed your post today!

  6. Too much snow for me, though I am impressed by how well they clear your roads. If that happened, here, I wouldn’t be driving anywhere.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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