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Saturday, April 1, 2017

A Fizzle?

The storm that was supposed to be dumping snow on us now was hyped for days ahead of time. When the clouds started building over the Divide, I thought that I was seeing the beginning of the big storm.

Shyla and I played like crazy, thinking that a big storm day was coming. Shyla can still romp in deep snow but I can't!

Alas, yesterday dawned too warm and the storm started as rain and freezing rain. The storm is supposed to keep dropping precipitation on us all night long so perhaps there's a chance that we'll really get snow.

Our morning ride was wet. Both Shyla and I had low energy so it wasn't our most joyous ride ever. I'm guessing that we're seeing side effects of phenobarb again in Shyla. I had hoped that they were gone forever - but I was wrong. As for me, I'm trying to fight a middle ear infection but exhaustion seems to be winning.
However, I know that I have it easy compared to the animals and plants living out in our cold and wet world. Three bedraggled coyotes hunted in a nearby meadow, too far away to photograph. I bet it's not easy living outside right now.

And, our wild crocuses (Pasqueflowers) had been soaked in the misty rain and then the droplets had frozen on them. The incredible thing is that these flowers usually bounce right back after a spring storm that freezes them.

I hope that I can show you photos of fluffy fresh snow in my next post but I'm not sure that it will happen. Our world desperately needs a huge snow. Back in 2003, we got 6' of snow in one storm at this time of year. I actually wouldn't mind that kind of storm right about now. It would end our fire danger for a while!

Happy Saturday!


  1. Let it snow, and Shyla, like the flowers, will be bouncing up again. Hugs from an early morning in NZ.

  2. We wish we could send you some of our snow. Hope your ear feels better.

  3. Sorry Shyla may be feeling a bit of a setback - maybe she tried to do too much at once as soon as she felt better? Hope she bounces back quickly.
    Also sorry you are still waiting for your snow! Our current storm began with several hours of tiny flakes of snow yesterday morning then turned to tiny ice pellets in the afternoon which were still coming down this morning when the town plow woke me at 3AM. Now it's back to snow, and bigger flakes - turning the world white again. The only thing I'm concerned about is the predicted high winds. I don't want to see more tree damage, and the ice coating and wet snow make the trees very vulnerable. Fingers crossed we get no wind and you get loads of snow!

  4. hope your fire danger leaves you and that flower pic is AMAZING.. so is sweet slightly damp Shyla. hope she comes back strong again and that this is just a tiny bump to pass.

  5. We sure hope you got that snow and both you and Shyla are feeling a bit better today!
    ...Love the beautiful flower macro shot!!

  6. Love those shivering Pasque flowers! It sleeted and thundered here yesterday - they had to shut down the lifts at the ski area. They're saying they got 5" of snow on the mountain, but at my house it looks more like 3". We are in a gray, wet cycle - sometimes sleet and sometimes wet snow that compresses and melts quickly. We're thankful for the moisture, but it's almost too wet to play in it! Hope you and Shyla feel better soon.

  7. Well then, bring on the snow!!!! No fires needed. Hope you are both feeling a lot better soon.

  8. Well shoot! sorry abouts the setback Shyla ~ I hopes that maybe it's just a fluke, and you will bounce back soon. Sendin' lots of POTP and healin' vibes to you and your Moms! {{{hugs}}
    Ruby ♥

  9. Dear KB Bear and Shyla,

    It is very nice to meet you! Those are great running and jumping photos, and also we like the one of the frost on the flowers. We are sorry to hear you are not well, Shyla - we hope you feel better soon!

    Cobi (+ Ojo)

  10. I think it is great that Shyla is running again. I know she has a way to go but she has improved and that is what is important. Good job.

  11. Your Pasqueflower is just beautiful! We're sending positive vibes for you and Shyla, KB!

  12. We hope you and Shyla feel better! Those clouds are beautiful!
    Cam & Mags

  13. I can't even imagine 6 feet of snow all at once! We hope you get what you need. In the meantime, you and Shyla get some rest and take care of yourselves!
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

  14. Oh, freezing rain is the worst weather there is. Here's hoping it turns into a good snow to lessen the fire danger. Sometimes you just have to give in to the ear infection and get some rest inside. Hope you are better soon.

  15. Hope both of you are feeling better ASAP!

  16. winter has been so strange this year. We have had almost record snow and areas like yours that usually get a lot have gotten very little. Hope it is just a minor set back for Shyla
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  17. At least your image of the frozen Pasqueflowers were beautiful. The storm fizzled out down in the city too. I want the weather person's job. I can easily be way off on forecasts but would charge a whole lot less in salary to do so. *sigh*

  18. I think we stole your storm, sorry. No snow, but TONS of rain on Sunday morning!!


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