Sunday, April 28, 2013

If You Don't Like the Weather...


There is a popular saying in Colorado: "If you don't like the weather, wait 15 minutes, it will change." In this case it was wait one day. We had around five inches of snow last Tuesday, with temperatures in the high twenties, and by Wednesday it had almost all melted and temperatures were in the sixties. Before and after photos are above


More before and after views. The snowfall we had this month almost broke an all time record for snow during April in Colorado! This enables me to take unusual spring time photos......


....... instead of pink blossoming trees, I can show icicles in April!



Or grass and snow at the same time!



Also people wearing shorts while they jog in the snow!


The late snow also made for some fascinating critter sightings, as I spotted a red fox hunting for rabbits in my yard and a hungry squirrel that was dining on a chunk of  ice.


The weather has been beautiful this weekend -- we hit the high seventies--but who know what next week will bring? It certainly makes life interesting! 


The robins have returned, so perhaps Spring may finally be here to stay! Thankfully, all this moisture has returned the Colorado reservoir levels to a more normal levels and reduced the fire danger in this region, so all in all it's been a very good thing!



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57 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Pat, lovely shots and scenes from Colorado. I would much prefer no snow! Beautiful photos, have a happy day and week ahead.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I love seeing this through your eyes, Pat. What an adventure you are having there. I cannot believe that squirrel was eating ice.

I'm sooooo relieved that the water levels are helped by the snow. Lessening the possibility of fire is SO important, and I'm thankful this is going to help you. I have no idea what I would do in snow. Is it grey during the winter, or is it bright with all the snow? I crave light, so that would be an important consideration for me. But this is really pretty, and I love all the wild creatures. I have always loved foxes and have a bit of a fox collection.

XO,

Sheila

Pamela Gordon said...

These are great before and after photos Pat. I'm glad you got the much needed snow moisture for the ground and also the warm weather too. We are enjoying beautiful weather here this week which is very welcome. Blessings to you. Pamela

podso said...

What a perceptive eye with your camera! And an amazing spring for your first in Colorado. I think the weather has been a bit crazy everywhere this spring. So many places have had snow. Hopefully the snow is gone and now you can see what spring is all about there! Great photos!

Vee said...

You seem well suited to go through the wide and wild swings in weather taking it all in stride this way. I'd be a wreck so guess that ends any thought of my living in Colorado. It's way too bipolar for me! It is beautiful, though.

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

Pat,
What a great shot of the robin. I know what you mean about stick around if you don't like the weather - it will change. We can get 30 to 40 degree temperature swings in our mountains and we aren't nearly the elevation that you are.
Sam

diane b said...

It must make it hard to work out what to wear each day. We have that saying about waiting for Melbourne. They don't get snow but they can have hot, cold, sun and rain all in one day.

Nellie said...

It has certainly been an unusual month here, too. While we have had no snow, it has been a nice cool spring, enabling our blossoms to linger longer. Nice, for once.

Ann said...

we have that same saying here. One day we wake up to 70 degrees and the next 30. You sure got some nice spring shots :)

Riet said...

Hi Pat, you are one of the winners of my give away. Can you mail me your home adres?
Hugs from Riet

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

We say that in New England too, only it's wait "1 minute" LOL!!!

Beautiful photos, love seeing the robins return too! Have a great week!

Betsy Adams said...

Great photos --and welcome to Colorado. I remember in 2011 when we visited the Rockies for the first time toward the middle to end of June. We were surprised that there was still SO much snow on the mountains there!!!!!

Hugs,
Betsy

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

Those are some big changes ~ making for some opportunities for very beautiful Photos!

Pam said...

Great photos! I love love your neck of the woods, we almost moved to Colorado! The weather changes fast here in Chicagoland but not fast enough right now. Way too chilly! Thanks for the post!

Barbara F. said...

Great photos, the scenery is fabulous. The weather is crazy but thankfully not long lasting. xo

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/From Harvest To Table said...

What beautiful photos! I hope spring has come to stay for you! We are having rain all week...April showers bring May flowers.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

That's what I love about Colorado! Even if it snows, the sun comes out and then it's 70.

Gorgeous photos!

Willow said...

As a Californian who watches the weather in the late summer and autumn with concern for high winds bringing wild fires, I am relieved to know Colorado precipitation is high enough to limit the fires for you. And the added bonus is the beautiful photos.

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Isn't it great to have the weather change from snow to melt that quickly. I have heard that same saying about Calgary, Alberta. Valerie

A Creative Harbor said...

sounds like New England ~ Wonderful nature photography with all its gifts ~ ^_^

Lavender Cottage said...

Crazy weather for the last couple of years and it's amusing to see a die hard in shorts walking a dog in the snow. That's something a Canadian would do too!
Awesome shots of your surroundings and critters.
Judith

A Garden of Threads said...

It is wonderful to know that all these forms of moisture are helping the drought. Have a wonderful week.

Lorrie said...

The good thing about spring snow (besides taking photos of icicles in April) is that it doesn't stick around for a long time.
This long winter reminds me of Laura Ingalls book by the same name. We can be so thankful for a constant food supply and transportation options and warm houses!
Love your photos.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You definitely have some of the most beautiful scenery in the world there! I would love to travel back to visit...in the summer maybe! heehee! Hugs!

The Tablescaper said...

Wow, those sure are some contrasting photos. It's amazing how quickly the weather can change.

Great to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

Kathleen said...

Wow, those are some extremes! We had a perfect Spring weekend for a change. I know it could still get cold, i remembergoing to help my mom when she got home from FL, and it snowed on May 3 rd!
You pics are super!

The Gathering Place said...

We have also had wild and crazy weather. The tulips opened up a few days ago and now it is getting too warm for them. Do I wear a jacket or go without? One never knows this time of year. Your photos are beautiful, regardless of the weather.

Lulu said...

The same saying about the weather could easily apply to Houston this spring. While we haven't had snow we have had dramatic shifts in temperature. No complaints though as it will soon be summer and cool days will be but a memory.

Annesphamily said...

The weather here will probably see one more flurry of snow showers this week! Then I am hopeful Spring will settle in. I don't like the high 70 temps they are predicting, too much too soon. I would like Spring to stick around for a bit. My middle daughter has shoveled snow in shorts and her very pricey water proof winter boots! HaHa! I need to find that photo we took! I don't wear a heavy winter coat. I often have one in the car "just in case" but the temps are so mild. My doctor that I work for is from Wisconsin and he chuckles over the crazy snow storms that clear by lunchtime! HaHa!
Time for some rest. Grateful tomorrow will allow an extra pair of hands at the office. Both Renee and Jessica will be there. Monica and I are tired from all the long days we have had to work alone! Plus I have Friday off as it is our anniversary and I am excited to have the day off with my hubby!
Your photos are lovely.
Enjoy the week Pat!

Cafe au lait said...

Beautiful photos. I played too. Mine are here and here.

SmilingSally said...

That jogger made me chuckle. Your scenery is blue-tiful. Thanks for playing.

Happy Blue Monday, Pat.

Tracy said...

It is wonderful fun to see all from your days in your new State, Pat! This past weekend was the first real taste of spring we had--finally! I hope we can plant some flowers soon and be out of danger of frost. :o) Happy Week ((HUGS))

Debra @ Homespun said...

Oh the jogger is funny! Great capture of the fox...I have only seen a fox once; it was behind our office one day ( which borders some woods )

edenhills said...

It's so hard for the animals when we have those late snows. Your pictures are beautiful! I love those April icicles.

xinex said...

Beautiful photos! The view is breathtaking...Christine

Miss Jean said...

Yup, that's Colorado! 80's today and snow by Wednesday!

Theanne said...

love the photos...snow and all...the critters are so interesting to see...thanks for sharing

Margaret said...

Hi Pat, I loved all your nature and wildlife photos :) It looks like spring is keeping you guessing! Lots of moisture is good though, bringing lots of spring green. Margaret from B.C.

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

I'm thinking that quote about the weather is quite applicable here as well. You capture the scenery quite nicely though...whatever the weather!

Cafe au lait said...

Beautiful captures. I played too. Mine are here and here.

Jeanne said...

Hello Pat, I'm BACH. I have missed my blog friends so much. Thank you for your 'many' well wishes for our 50th anniversary. It finally happened. We have been building up to this since our cruise on the Rhine River in Dec. I am now back down to earth and feel so blessed with blog friends like you.

Your post is the perfect Colorado changing weather experience. My friend lived there for several years and we experienced the crazy weather first hand on several skiing trips. I enjoyed your before and after photos soooo much. Also, the fox and squirrel pics. The squirrel eating snow is so funny and a great shot. Good job. He was hungry.

It is so nice to know that you are loving your new location so much. I wonder if you miss NY.

Wishing you warm weather and happy days.
Love, Jeanne

Art and Sand said...

I love before and after pictures.

I love the Colorado motto. Our California coast changes daily. Yesterday it was beautiful, today it is overcast, who knows what tomorrow will be.

Jacqueline said...

Well, maybe not 15 minutes over here next door to you in Utah, but a day or two! Last week freezing, this week 70s. I love the image of shorts and the snow!

Cindy said...

We also broke several records, for snowfall and low temperatures. We broke one for the lowest temperature on that date in 120 years!
The fun thing about snow is that it changes the scenery so dramatically when it arrives and when it leaves it's another view altogether. I am just glad to see it go. Our yard is not pretty much snow free!
Hugs, Cinduy

Lisa @ Grandmas Briefs said...

Wow! Great shot of the fox in your yard. And I love the ice-nibbling squirrel. I so enjoy seeing our state through your eyes and camera. And spring here? Um, no... not yet. Crazy Colorado - supposed to be 80 at my house tomorrow then in the 30s on Wednesday. THEN maybe it'll be spring for sure. I hope. I'm ready.

Ciao Chow Linda said...

It's remarkable how the weather can change so drastically, but especially for you in Colorado Pat. The photos of the animals are enchanting.

ladyfi said...

What a lovely world of contrast!

ellen b. said...

Love the side by side shots and all the other photos, too. Beautiful!!

Steve n Vickie said...

You've got to love Colorado weather. It is a little unusual for April though. Usually March is our snowy month.

Deborah Kay at The Paint Splash said...

This spring has been crazy weather all over! We had 7 inches of snow a couple of weeks ago then 7 inches of rain which flooded our lake. Great post. Blessings, Debbie

Gary said...

Fun series!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Debi said...

Dear Pat, I found your blog at Our World Tuesday. What a wonderful place to visit! And so is your blog. :-)

I am enjoying all your snow photos but my favorite is the close-up of the snow on the pine branch.

You seem to be thriving in your new home and of course three important reasons for that, your grandkids! Loved your family photos including the pets.

Karen said...

Lovely shots from your part of the world, I like the snow on green grass.

Pondside said...

Ah, Pat, you are learning something about your new home every day! This post made me laugh. When we lived in Cold Lake, Alberta, it snowed every single month of the year except July.

La Petite Gallery said...

After NYC , all these animals must be culture shock. The photo of the green grass and snow is great. In Maine we have had a delightful week of 60-68 degree weather, bright sun and I am getting pruning and yard work done. I have a red fox too.
Only see him a few times a year and two beautiful deer in the back yard.
Glad to see you are happy in your new home. yvonne

Claudia said...

I remember being enchanted by the wildlife when I moved from Manhattan to MN. Even in St. Paul! Deer in the city. The photos are so lovely. But you can stop sending us your CO weather!

AdriBarr said...

Oh my, it just keeps getting more and more glorious. How ever could you come back to the city after vistas like those? Thanks for sharing, and it is a real joy to hear how happy you are.