Heading into late winter, some sprouts and buds have been popping up in Maine.
…All of which are now, I’m sure, under a coating of snow.
And I’m sure it’s worse in other parts of the northeast. “Thundersnow” — a combination of a thunderstorm and a blizzard. Reportedly, there are of tens of thousands without power for a week, in winter (cold) weather. (But I can’t imagine it being nearly as bad as what Puerto Rico continues to go through.) …But here?
I keep forgetting it’s spring. It’s supposed to be the season that follows winter, the way the animals are out— the squirrels running about, hopping onto… snow banks. Last Wednesday was incredibly windy. I remember the car being pushed around. I couldn’t be out walking in the park for long since the wind chill was freezing my face; I more jogged than walked that day. It was also the day London was attacked… I’ll let the news reports speak for that. Suffice it to say, Wednesday kind of sucked for many.
As for today, it is raining. And for that, it’s a good thing my mother bought me new shoes, recently, despite the fact that she did so against my wishes (I was there, saying ‘no’ repeatedly) and the fact that they don’t fit. It’s days like this that test how waterproof said shoes are. (Sigh, and boy, over $40 bucks of labor to be walked through mud repeatedly with my daily walk…)
It shows that the rain has let up that there were mini-lakes when I went out just before noon for the first sixteen passes of my walk… and to find “junk” mail. The above image had a large stream; now you can only see the effects of the water. (…And in trying to find a good word for said affects in the sand, I stumbled upon this article. (Yeah, make our streams and waterways “great” again by allowing the dying coal industry to pollute them. The ignorance is strong with this one.))
But instead of getting into politics… even though government tends to make or allow things to get worse no matter the stripes or colors… I will now reveal some of the fruits of my photography labor by documenting the progression of spring so far Continue reading Spring update→
The temperature may have gotten into the 60s Wednesday—60s into the night (walked outside without a jacket well after sunset), but it snowed again twice prior. The latest dusting took a few days to clear up. (To see the most recent photo, click here.) But the big picture of winter, 2015-16, wouldn’t be complete without the effects of the rain, the melting snow, and the dirt…
Mud season. Toward the end of February was a whole day of rain, some Wednesday snow, and then some more blanking rain into Thursday morning… with lightning. (Yay, a thunderstorm! 🙂 ) Even lost power for a moment.
It was worse in other areas on the East coast, with tornadoes and blizzard conditions. …While India had a full-blown water shortage… which isn’t new for the country. Sometimes it can appear as if we’re getting water that California and India need…
The water in the above image in no way compares to the driveway lakes we sometimes get. The rain may have cleared the snow, but… mud. (Squish, squish.) Continue reading …Yup, still winter→