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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Sunny Snowstorm

 I slipped out the back door to drop a plastic milk jug into the recycling can. Frozen in mid step, I dropped the bottle and ran inside for my camera.

"You have got to come outside - and hurry!"
"It's snowing in the sunshine!" I shouted to Jeff.
I maniacally ran around the house trying to look every direction.  It was pouring down snow - big fluffy flakes of snow while sun shone brightly just as it was beginning its downward descent toward setting.
The air was filled with small arcs of color as I imagine it is in the cloud forest of Costa Rica (though I have never been)
Branches became wet with snow that ceased as quickly as it started.  I felt I was in a giant, glistening spiderweb, damp with dew on a spring morning's dawn.
In its wake the miniature storm left shadows that stretched across the field . . .
. . . with lines that connected trees across their boundary.

     

15 comments:

Arija said...

Fabulous to be caught in a natural phenomenon that feels like you have stepped into a magical fairy tale,
Is that a beechwood? So glorious to see rainbows in the falling snow. WOW!

KaHolly said...

How very bizarre! One of those 'time stands still' moments! ~karen

Gary said...

Wow! I've seen sunshine and snow, but never with small rainbows like that. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Kerri said...

That is pretty amazing! What a great experience!

Beyond My Garden said...

Arija, yes, it was wonderful. The white tree is actually a sycamore. I love their white trunks in the winter.
nellie

John's Island said...

What a wonderful location you have! Enjoyed your pictures. Neat to find your blog and thank you for following mine! I am relatively new at blogging so I hope you will give me any comments or suggestions. Thanks again! John

floweringmama said...

Oh Nellie, the shot with the rainbows is just amazing. It made me think of fairies dancing.

Kelly said...

...wow...the photo with multiple rainbows is stunning. I've never seen anything like that--very cool!

Johnny Nutcase said...

oh how cool! love the crazy light and colors! Great pictures! how fun to see!

Native Gardener said...

I love the giant, glistening spiderweb imagery! Thank you for sharing the moment.

EG Wow said...

Magic! The rainbow is amazing!!

Honest Abe Lincoln said...

I have seen double rainbows and heard thunder when it was snowing. I regret I didn't have a camera with me. Your photos of this event are striking.

carolynsshadegardens.com said...

What a beautiful phenomena--kind of like a fog bow which I have only seen once in my life.

Kjell T. Evensen said...

Just amazing shots. Love the rainbow arcs.

Linnea said...

Those crazy weather moments are always the best. Glad you were there to snap away! Thanks for visiting.