In a struggle to be happy and free

Drystone Wall

Holding on

We’ve still got some snow hanging on, as you can see in this photo taken this afternoon. The shade from the trees helped it stay to this late date, but its days are certainly numbered.

The two signs were trashed not by vandals or neglect, but by the front-end loader that piled the snow to about twice my height.

IMG_5027.CR2: 30D, EF 70-200mm 1:4L IS @ 200mm, 1/640, f/4, 100 ISO

IMG_5027.CR2: 30D, EF 70 – 200mm 1:4L IS @ 200mm, 1/640, f/4, 100 ISO




Coin of the realm


  1. Rachel

    When I left Klamath Falls last month there was a big pile of snow behind the building I worked in because it never saw the sun. Like up to my mid thigh size pile. Granted I am only 5′2″ so mid thigh on me isn’t much but it was still a good size pile.

  2. Jessica

    I’ve discovered that hay is a good insulator for snow. There’s a scattering of hay outside the field where my horse lives, and the snow underneath the hay stuck around much longer than anywhere else. Of course, Djinn was NOT happy about walking on hay that crunched inexplicably beneath her hooves!

  3. sethra

    Snow? In MAY?!? I mean, I SEE it, but I’m not sure my brain believes it. It’s in the EIGHTIES here! (Trust me, I’d rather have the snow at this point.)

  4. Sethra, remain calm and do not be alarmed! There was a week where our daytime high temperatures were in the eighties as well, but it’s been more in the neighbourhood of 55º lately with nighttime lows in the 30s. Three weeks ago these dregs were still piles taller than me.

    Still, we’ve had no daytime highs below freezing for more than a month and no actual snow for longer still. The pockets of remaining snow are more an indicator of the sheer volume of snow we had this winter.

    Trivia: The only month in which Ottawa has never received snow (at least since they’ve been recording weather statistics) is July. This surprises me, too!

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