Winter Wonderland

Saturday was the first snowfall of the season and it has been snowing intermittently since. From the weather forecast, it looks like there will be a big snowstorm tomorrow. They are forecasting 4 to 6 inches. Yes, I know… for a lot of places — these measurements would be considered more like flurries than a storm. However here in the Pacific Northwest, anything over a few inches and they call it a storm. We don’t get snow here very often except up in the mountains — so having snow a few days straight is not a common sight. Unfortunately, this also means a lot of people are terrible drivers in snow. On the news, I saw Metro buses and cars sliding down hills, slamming into each other. It doesn’t take much snow for the roads to become chaotic. So I hope the snow doesn’t stay around too long. In the mean time, I’m glad to have snow. It’s definitely better than rain.  At least I can finally go outside with my camera. I took these photos late today. The sun came out long enough to cast a nice glow on the snow-covered landscape around my neighborhood. These shots were taken at the golf course field. It’s amazing to see the transformation a little snow can make.  It transformed the golf course into a winter wonderland. 🙂

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Spring Illusion

At first, I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me. This can’t be?!! It’s January. However, much to my delight — the bloom is very real. Upon close examination, I spotted a few more buds — ready to bloom. Looks like the over abundance of rain, a few sporadic rays of sunlight and mild temperature is fooling the Rhododendron bush into believing spring has arrived. While I am very excited to see this, I just hope the spring weather isn’t just an illusion. And old man winter is still lurking… waiting to unleash its freezing touch.

Mean while, for those of you who are as sick of winter as I am — hope this picture will help brighten your day. 😀

A Break In The Clouds

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I looked out of my office window. Finally, the rain clouds parted just long enough for the sun to set and show all of its glorious colors. This is one of the most beautiful and color-saturated sunsets I’ve seen in a long time. Granted the sunset lasted less than 30 minutes but it was enough for me to feel grateful. As I gazed at the beautiful sight, I could feel my winter blues replaced by a sense of joyful energy.

Global Warming… Burr…

In the 20 years of living in the Pacific Northwest, this has to be the earliest snow fall I can remember. I sure hope this isn’t the sign of a snowy winter ahead…