24 inches of snow has fallen in the past 24 hours.
I wonder how many I times I am going to have to shovel the driveway before this storm ends?
I know we keep saying we don't have room in the garage for a snow blower but seriously at this point I am ready to give up my second refrigerator out there to make room.
Usually shoveling isn't that big of a deal for us.
It is good exercise, and usually Bernie can handle the job by himself.
Sometimes I pitch in and sometimes our neighbors who are out blowing their own driveways will wheel their blowers over and do the job for us.
This storm...Bernie is really sick with the flu that is going around.
He is fevered, shaking with cold, then burning up and aches all over all the time.
No fun, and not fair... especially since his knee was really almost better.
(The above picture with the car passing by gives you an idea of just how much snow I have been shoveling. Tate sits in the window carefully snoopervising my snow relocating efforts)
The storm continues and the birds are not even trying to feed yet.
Not that they could if they wanted too.
I am getting a big kick out of our lamp post.
Doesn't it look like the post is wearing a white version of the hat that the guards at Buckingham Palace wear?
I have been eagerly awaiting the chance to do some more snowflake photography.
For now there is a lot of grauple, which is a tiny fuzzy ball form of snow, and there is enough wind is blowing that any flake designs are shattering upon landing.
The one above survived its landing somehow.
If you look closely, it is the flake directly below the clump on the edge of the lens, not quite dead center in the photo. There is a tiny peach colored dot at the tip of the flake.
Given that the cool stellar dendrite snowflake forms are scarce right now I decided to see what I could do about photographing snow needle flakes.
Look closely at this photo and you will see a few tiny lines mixed in with the shattered flakes.
I had noticed the needle shapes before but frankly didn't find them all that interesting.
Then I read up on them at THIS site:
So this rather simple looking snowflake form is a scientific mystery!
(The mini snowball looking things are grauple btw.)
They do seem to come as twinned form quite frequently.
The needles are rarely more than 1/3 of an inch long, and usually much shorter than that.
They are about as thick as most adults hair.
It was warmer than the article's suggested 23 degrees when I took these photos, it was closer to 28 degrees out on my deck actually.
Like the old expression: God don't make no junk.
I believe He has a reason for everything He creates.
Interesting that science, (which has broken down other snowflake shape development to the degree that they can grow them in labs) can not figure how these seemingly simple structures come into being.
(Note the dangling twin needle shape on the left?)
I have obtained a 60mm camera lens now, (Thanks Mom and Dad for the Christmas money!)
I got it this afternoon and haven't had an opportunity to attempt to photograph needles with the better lens yet.