Friday, January 9, 2009

Silent Snow


The last few days we have had a lot of snowfall. Now it has not been huge totals but it has been steady. Thankfully it has provided coverage over all the ice in the driveway, making walking a little less treacherous. Today I took Edna the yellow Lab over to the nearby County park Mendon Ponds Park
It is a large and lovely park with many glacial remains- Kames, kettle ponds, Eskers, Drumlins. In fact this part of NYS is known for its Drumlin fields and right behind our home blocking the TV reception is a Kame. Any ways we went to the Devils Bathtub area for a nice walk. Devils Bathtub is a deep kettle pond.The walk down is steep, now aided by steps and handrails but with the recent ice and snow it was precarious to say the least. I just kept telling Edna "slow" and "wait" she was good and got her "treat" at the end. We then continued on the trail that went around a steep Kame. As we rounded the Kame the smaller of the 2 ponds came into view. The snow out covering over the "Deep Pond" has an impending silence to it. It is appearing as a thick soft blanket. It does not appear that birds,animals or man has yet to interfere with it. Just thick,lush white fluff like whipped cream. As we continue to walk, it is very silent, there is no ice cracking, no birds, no wind which aids the silence. Just snow and us. There are different types of snow where we live. This qualifies as Powder. So, the photo at the beginning we took on our walk. How silently this leaf rests- waiting for the next thing to happen. It looks like it fell on this blanket recently as there is not snow yet on it. It is still in the silence. Waiting... we all wait.

Powder Powder is freshly fallen, untouched, soft snow. Powder, tiny flakes and crystals form the smooth and soft surface in mountains. It forms a soft smooth surface that will give you the feeling that you are floating in a weightless environment. Powder is often packed in thick layers that form a natural pillow for any crashes.

Oh! the snow, the beautiful snow,
Filling the sky and earth below,
Over the housetops, over the street,
Over the heads of the people you meet.
Skimming along.
Thomas J. Watson

Another weekend beckons at the door. so much anticipation. So often dissapointment. Always to much to do. Taking the Tree down will be on the agenda, Library Lady or Flowergirl will go to build sets for the upcoming musical with her Dad. Sledding party with church, both church and scout meetings. Never dull. Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy

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