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Sunday, April 13, 2014
April Madness - A Snowy Day
April is bipolar in the mountains. From warm Spring days like this one...
... to snowy days like today.
As an aside, the boot was for a photographic challenge that I participate in on Flickr. I enjoy photo challenges that require me to make the best of whatever light and conditions the world throws at me. I do one challenge called the "Daily Dog Challenge", and I am also doing a 365 day challenge for 2014.
Despite a wet and cold snow, Shyla and I had an enjoyable hike this morning. Like all our dogs before her, Shyla adores the snow. It makes her zoom.
It was a typically wet spring snow, and it selectively melted and then stuck to Shyla's ears and whiskers, giving her a distinctive look. It gave me a hint about what a Chocolate Lab with white ears might look like.
We had some quiet moments interspersed with zooming. The forest was silent, with white flakes falling all around us. Except for the birds who were mobbing our feeders in droves, the wildlife seemed to be denned up, waiting out the storm. I even led us into "bear territory" hoping that maybe the recent warm weather had lured some of my favorite wildlife out of their dens onto the hillsides. Alas, there were no tracks. I'll keep watching and hoping!
This crazy world is my home, and it's the only place in our world that has ever truly felt like home. I love the peace, the solitude, the mountains, the pine forest, and the reality of mountain winters that hang on into May. Thank goodness Shyla loves it too!