I wish I could tell you that the small snow event we had Sunday was Winter’s last gasp. But alas … the weather forecasters are all aflutter, while trying to firm up whether Opening Day will remain as scheduled for this Thursday. That’s because we might have “snain” i.e. a little snow, a little rain, showing up Thursday morning. Isn’t that special?
Here in Southeast Michigan, as Mother Nature refuses to pay attention to the calendar, the seasons often collide. Yesterday, as I walked home from the Park, the snow was still evident, as were the many icicles, either bulbous monstrosities, or delicate icy fingers with pretty prisms shooting through them from the bright sun. Even though it was still frosty out, the sun was melting those icicles that lined up like soldiers along homeowners’ gutters. Occasionally one would come crashing to the ground, shattering like glass when it reached the cement.
I decided to take a few photos of the dregs of Winter while walking through the neighborhood on my way home yesterday. I hope to give you a smile when you view these paradoxical images. While I might have simply called this post “Snow and Spring-y Things” I’ll just file it under “Tuesday Musings” for now.
(Unfortunately, my picture editor for captions was not working once again – only one caption appeared, so I had to improvise.)
Monday morning, April Fool’s Day, a veil of ice and snow was all that remained from Saturday night’s surprise snowfall.
Many robins were hopping around in the snow, but this Robin Red Breast, with its icy feet, had a quizzical look on its face. Where is Spring? Why didn’t I stay in Florida with the rest of the Snow Birds? Where the heck are my worms?
Ahh … a smidgen of color from Crocuses and Snowdrops graces this still-barren garden.
Day lilies have suddenly sprouted up; they were just tiny nubs last week, that all-day rain on Saturday no doubt helped out a bit.
Amidst a light layer of snow on the mulch, here’s the first Easter decor I’ve seen … is the rabbit pedaling away from Winter and moving forward into Spring? Good luck with that!!!
Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble. The water flowing out of a homeowner’s drain spout just froze in place. Oh-oh … it looked like the seam was cracked a bit where the ice expanded.
The icicles were dripping down and when the sun caught them just the right way, there was a prism effect.
Icy dribbles on the eaves trough were lumpy and bumpy looking.
The bird feeder was empty … that was a good thing, because the birds might not have enjoyed the icy drops that were dripping from the feeder roof.
A decorative butterfly shies away (more like recoils) from the light covering of snow.
The magnolia bush is in bud. The fuzzy buds reminded me a little of Pussy Willows which we used to gather in the meadow near my childhood home.
It’s likely no rainwater was traveling to this homeowner’s rain barrel – notice how the trickle of water from the gutter was frozen solid.
Snowdrops have pushed through the still-frozen ground, while last Fall’s leaves languish in this garden.
Where have I been that these tulips got this high? They’re not ready for prime time, nor tiptoeing through just yet.
Hmm – There is something just wrong with a sign stuck in the snow that advertises grass maintenance.
My neighbor’s crocuses have put in an appearance, just as they have for many decades … now there’s tenacity for you.
P.S. – By the way, the sun looked good in the bright blue sky, but it wasn’t effective as to keeping me warm, but it did melt all the snow … yup, I peered out the door and poof, it was gone by day’s end.