18 January 2008

Strange Winter

For a few hours on Thursday we were reminded that it is in fact winter in southeast Pennsylvania. It started snowing sometime around three in the afternoon with a few little flakes and by four o'clock the flakes were fat and fluffy, laying a bright blanket on the Philadelphia area.

This top photo was taken by Meg WHILE SHE WAS DRIVING to the train station to pick me up. I love the blueness snow brings to dusk.

This next one I took when I went to check on the chickens. This is the apple tree we adopted. You can see with the assistance of the snow how out of control those center spikes are.

The snow that gathers on the netting of their pen is why I went to check on them. I think its gorgeous when the snow sticks like this, but I also know that too much could be bad. The peak is pretty secure, but there have been a lot of hawks around and I wouldn't want to risk losing the chickens' cover. All it took was a couple shakes and all the snow fell through.

This was only the second snow we've received this year and like the others it was short lived. I went outside around seven o'clock to get something from the Jeep and the snow had changed to rain. By morning all that was left were patches of slush.

14 comments:

Christina. B said...

The pic she took is so beautiful.

Ken said...

We are having a crazy winter in Mass. as well. We have received an incredible amount of snow this year but it keeps warming up and melting away. In fact it snowed Thursday night into Friday morning, and we don't have much to show for it today.

Patrick said...

Winter has been kind of wet and dreary for us here in Amsterdam lately. We had an early cold snap in December, then it's been unusually mild.

I hope we get at least a little snow this year. There's no point in winter if you don't get any snow!

dlyn said...

great pics - though up here to your north a bit, it is a pretty common sight. I still love seeing photos of fresh snow though. Nice blog - I will be back to check you out some more!

Ali said...

Nic photo, Meg, but really, shouldn't you should be using 2 hands on the wheel when driving in the snow?!

This is the time of year I have fantasies about living in Pennsylvania, or Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, Maryland... but I'll return to my senses in mid-April when the snow finally melts away.

Meg said...

...hey, I waited until a straight part.

Kelly said...

Meg has a fantastic eye for photography. We're currently talking about buying a new camera; she deserves to use something with more options.

As far as the snow around here is concerned, we're going to shop for land where either the snow sticks or it doesn't snow at all. We're tired of these half-ass winters.

Mom said...

Great pics, Meg.

Ali said...

Well, I highly recommend Maine. Even though I bitch about the snow, you'd be hard pressed to get me to leave. And after all, with a greenhouse, you can garden year round! Come and visit, you'll love it.

Meg said...

I only took the dangerous driving photo. Those are Kelly's skills on the other two.


Ali, a woman I used to work with took a trip to Maine and brought us one of those "Stuff to Do in Maine" tourist guides. Ever since we looked through that we've been intent on getting up there to hike, camp, bike, eat lobster, whatever. It looks great.

Jill S. said...

I know you're on the other side of the country from me, but our pictures are similar today . . . Love your site.

Meg said...

Hi, Jill. We're glad you like the blog. I just popped over to your site--I totally recognize your books! I have to admit I haven't read any, but I worked at a Borders for forever and a day and I have definitely shelved my share of your stuff. Cool!

Twinville said...

The coop reminds me of a festive circus tent...albeit a bit chilly! hehe

We have netting on our coop, too, but I really must get some support in the centers or sides, such as yours, so that it's not so saggy.
But it will have to wait until Spring because our ground is frozen solid.

When it snows here, which seems to be every couple weeks, it doesn't even melt until a week or two later. It resembles white ice more than snow by that time.

Laughing Orca Ranch
NM

Meg said...

Twinville, we added the supports (bamboo poles) last summer when we expanded their pen. Prior to that, Kelly and I would get tangled up in the saggy netting every time we went to feed them. It's definitely better now!

We have that same crunchy, icy snow hanging around. It's been cold enough for the past week that it just kind of melts during the day, and then it freezes again at night. It sounds like you're getting more snow than we are, which just seems weird for NM. It makes sense since you're in the mountains, but it still sounds funny to my northeastern sense of geography.