MOTHER NATURE SEEMS TO HAVE FORGOTTEN IT’S SPRING

Mother Nature seems to have forgotten it’s Spring. When we returned home from Salt Lake City after our week with Austin in The University of Utah Medical Center, we came home to another late snowfall. As I rushed around tending to a son with a broken back I tried to remind myself to stop and smell the roses. Or at least take a moment to duck outside for a deep breath of fresh mountain air, cooled by crystal snowflakes on the last morning in March.

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When you live at 5,500 feet above sea level you are reminded that weather conditions can change quickly and don’t always follow the expected protocol. In fact, us mountain folk know not to plant our vegetable gardens until after Mother’s Day. And even then it sometimes snows here as late as Memorial Day. Before we left for Utah, Southern California had been experiencing record high temperatures. Nature was telling the fruit trees to bud and the birch trees to sprout their leaves. As it turns out they were a bit early to do so.

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I’ve never seen snow on the leaves of my birch trees before. So I grabbed my camera and took a stroll through their weeping branches.

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And our dog Charlie took a stroll for himself, leaving his little footprints behind.

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I am always captivated by the way the snow clings to my iron light fixtures…

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and the way the snow paints a picture in the gravel of my courtyard.

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As pretty as this late snowfall was I think I’m ready to feel the warmth of the sun. I’m ready to get back on the lake, to have dinner parties on the dock and BBQ’s in the backyard.

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Now that it’s April Mother Nature has decided to bring us 5 straight days of rain. The rain melted the snow and hopefully has quenched our thirsty lake here in drought stricken Southern California. I think it’s going to be a great summer!

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So there you have it: MOTHER NATURE SEEMS TO HAVE FORGOTTEN IT’S SPRING

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  • diane

    Such pretty pictures..I hope the crisp mountain air provided a respite from the hardwork and stress of seeing your son in his condition. Hope he is feeling better…youth has a way of recovering quickly!

  • You are so right Diane, youth does make everything easier and he is making a steady recovery. Thank you for your kind comment.

  • Rachel Kim

    Beautiful photos 🙂

  • Thank you Rachel.