Wild White Morning Snow

Colorado Spring Snow

I woke this morning to about 7 inches of heavy wet snow on the ground. The budding lilac bushes were weighed down and stressed out. The tulips disappeared and the evergreens were supremely white.

My venture out the door was at 6:30 am. I had to clear the branches, flowers and trees and set them free. And while I was at it, I might as well to shovel the driveway. The snow was so wet I struggled to get it off the sidewalk. I had to take it in slow and tiny bites or else whack my back.

While I was outside (and the rest of the world was sleeping), I picked up the Sunday paper for neighbors and laid them outside their front doors. Just a friendly gift from me to them. They never need to know who that little elf was … shhhhhh!

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Coming back in the house was quite an ordeal.  The hood of my sweatshirt was loaded with snow and my coat was soaking wet. Knocking down the snow using a garden rake not only cleared the branches but woke me up the way no cup of tea could ever do!

Spring snowfall is not that unique. Most of the snow accumulation occurs in March and April in Colorado. The snowfall totals from this past storm dumped up to 40 inches in the mountain towns and even more in the high mountain peaks. Snow sometimes falls in May like it did last year on Mother’s Day and there are those rare June snowfalls. They happen… They come and the entire world changes for a day or two then the sun reappears, melts the snow and everything turns green again.

Mother Nature likes to have her way with us.

Spring time in Fort Collins, Colorado - April 2014

Expect Snow in April

Spring time in Colorado is about snow.

Spring time in Fort Collins, Colorado - April 2014

It’s the heavy and wet kind of snow that takes down branches that are just beginning to bud.

The state gets most of its snow accumulation during March and April.

Those are the Spring time in Fort Collins, Colorado - April 2014months when people get antsy to declare spring has arrived only to have their tree limbs fall, their tomato plants freeze and their lovely flowers droop with the early planting.

It’s wonderful and cyclical and predictable.

And it’s all ok. Because this little dose of Spring time in Colorado - April 2014winter will turn the lawns green and add some creative contrast to the dull brown colors that cover the area. The browns are leftover mulch, leaves, twigs and branches that have yet to be cleaned.

The snow makes for a lovely canvas that disappears as the sun warms the ground.

The best things about these last few storms is the hope they offer of spring. It’s here … well, almost.

I hope spring is unfolding ever so gently for you in your world as well.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Contrast

Last October we were having the most amazing autumn!

The trees were colorful and leaves were plentiful.

Then … a heavy, wet snowstorm hit the area and we lost our leaves, branches and that sweet warm autumn smell.

Colorado snow in Oct

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It seems like yesterday …