Nature photography from a woman in the woods

Desert-Like Winter Storms . . .


“What a severe yet master artist old Winter is…. No longer the canvas and the pigments, but the marble and the chisel.” ~John Burroughs, “The Snow-Walkers,” 1866

This week’s visit by the polar vortex brought us a storm of wind and snow.  Twenty-something below temperatures (much lower with wind chills factored in), extremely high winds, and piles of snow fueled a windy snowstorm similar to a sand storm in the desert.  Clouds of snow plowing across the open fields and down the roads, twirling, spinning and then slamming into an obstacle that sent it back up into the skies.  At times, it appeared to be snowing … but, it wasn’t.  The winds brought life back to the old snowflakes and gave them the  opportunity to fall from the skies and blow around giving them an additional winter birth of a second life, a third, and some many more.  The aftermath of the snows rebirth left behind huge swirling drifts (snow dunes) and artistic patterns on the crusty snow top.

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4 responses

  1. This makes me shiver. Even so, it’s very beautiful.

    March 1, 2014 at 12:45 pm

  2. Taking the windy pictures was an extremely cold moment (and brief as it was 20 below and windy). The cold drained my camera battery quickly and the snow blowing around kept covering my lens.
    During the storm, I saw no beauty .. I was just awed by the power and cold of it all. The aftermath of snow patterns on the surface was where the beauty showed up a little bit. As a victim of the never ending polar vortex (34 below this morning), it is hard to find the beauty in this winter any more.

    March 2, 2014 at 10:39 am

  3. Hi Bearyweather, If it were possible, I would gladly share our Southern 82 degree warmth though the computer. I hope you have an outstanding coming week. Stay warm and enjoy your beautiful scenic views. I hope your weather gets better in coming days. Spring should be around the corner!

    March 3, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    • Thanks for trying 😉
      Yesterday was 25 above, the days are longer … it makes the winter actually enjoyable.

      March 9, 2014 at 9:28 am

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