In the Meadow We Can Build a Snowman . . .

Or we can try. With the recent snowfall in my area (another six inches of goodness), I gave snowman building a shot. (See photos below. . . . What’s that? You’re having trouble seeing a white-on-white image? Perhaps I should title it White Cat in a Snowstorm.) But the snow was too powdery and refused to pack. According to an internet article by Karen Sassone, “The Physics of a Snowball,” the snow was too cold for snowman building. (Wrap your mind around that!)

   

Henry’s snowman is coming along much better. And small wonder. He’s a yeti. Snow is supposed to be his element. Though camouflage, sadly, is not. He thinks you can’t see him in this snow. Please humor him and say you can’t.

   

With such snowy days upon us here, my friend Sharon reminded me of the following poem by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver, whose recent passing many of us mourn. Here’s a snippet of her poem. (You can find the whole poem here.)

First Snow

The snow
began here
this morning and all day
continued, its white
rhetoric everywhere
calling us back to why, how,
whence such beauty and what
the meaning; such
an oracular fever! flowing
past windows, an energy it seemed
would never ebb, never settle
less than lovely! and only now,
deep into night,
it has finally ended.

Penny over at LifeontheCuffoff has a post with another of Mary Oliver’s poems here.

Even with a temperature drop down in the teens and below (Fahrenheit), sunny winter mornings still seem magical. Everything looks sharper.

  

Since I was curious about why that is so, I Googled and found an article entitled, “Cold winter nights offer clearer night skies.” Well, guess that says it all. But here is a quote from that article:

[C]old air cannot hold as much moisture as warm air can. Hence, on many nights in the summer, the warm moisture-laden atmosphere causes the sky to appear hazier. By day it is a milky, washed-out blue, which in winter becomes a richer, deeper and darker shade of blue.

So there you have it! Still, I can’t help feeling like I’m in a Van Gogh painting when I contemplate the winter clouds and breathe the crisp, cold air

Title based on “Winter Wonderland” lyrics by Richard B. Smith. Photos by L. Marie.

52 thoughts on “In the Meadow We Can Build a Snowman . . .

  1. Haha – my white cat Tommy disappears in the snow except for the black blobs on his back – he clearly doesn’t understand camouflage either! We had a flurry this morning – first of the year – so I’m waiting to see if it turns into more. There not enough yet to build a snow-mouse…

    • 😃 I’m picturing Tommy in the snow, thinking he has achieved perfect camouflage mode. 😁

      Are you hoping for more snow? We’re supposed to get more today. Will gladly share!

      • Ha! Well, for once I’m well stocked up on food and, more importantly, cat food, so it can snow all it wants… for a few days… 😉

      • I ran to the store to grab some needed items like chocolate and coffee. I can’t make it through a snowstorm without coffee and chocolate!

  2. Your photos make me miss my winters in upstate NY. There’s definitely something magical about winter scenes. I loved it when the snow would crust over with ice. As a kid it was fun to stomp around in crusty snow. Sound seems amplified on clear winter nights, too. Thanks for sharing your research findings. I didn’t know there could such a thing as snow being too cold to build a snowman 😉

    • I didn’t either, Marie, though I had heard that some snow was better for snowman building than other snow.

      I also loved stomping on crusty snow when I was a kid. And I still love it. There’s something about walking on fresh snow that is magical. 😃

  3. While checking out the lunar eclipse on Sunday night, we were amazed at the clarity of the stars ~ for the reason you cited (less moisture in the cold air) and less light pollution during the eclipse!

  4. Hi L. I tried making a regular size snowman when we first moved back, and learned I’m too old and out of shape. I couldn’t make it through pushing that heavy snow. So now I make mini snowmen. I think I may have posted a photo before. My husband doesn’t like playing in the snow. You and I should get together and play with Max. 😉

    It was nice having that sunshine yesterday, but we’re back to gray, and now I feel like sleeping all day again. I lose all motivation. We need to brace ourselves for what’s coming later today. Stay safe and warm.

    • Good idea! I’d love to meet Max! My nephew recently acquired a canine companion. I’m not sure if she likes to play in the snow just yet.

      Yes, we’re back to gray. Everyone was at the grocery store this afternoon in preparation for tonight! Keep safe and warm too!

  5. Henry’s snowman – where? I thought I caught a glimpse of Parson Brown, though. 🙂
    While not the case today, the morning skies have been breathtaking as have the sunsets lately. Bracing for the next storm heading our way, so heading out for “provisions”. 🙂
    Thanks for the mention, L. Marie, and for Mary Oliver’s First Snow. Beautiful.

    • Ha ha! I know what you mean! 😁 Henry’s snowman is just a ball of snow for now. That’s about as much as he could muster in that snowfall. It just wasn’t the day for building a snowman. We’ll just pretend that ball of snow is Parson Brown.

      Thanks for your post, Penny, which inspired this one!

    • Interesting combination! But I see your point. They’re both well celebrated with awards too.

      Yes, trying to! I looked out the window and saw more snow on the ground. I’ve got a blanket on my lap as I sit at my laptop! 😀

  6. Beautiful photos, Linda. Too bad about your snowman. Thanks for looking up the explanation for clear winter days. We’re surrounded by mountains, some of them so far away that we can’t see them or they look hazy in the summer. They’re so beautiful on a clear winter day.

    No snow here in the Seattle area. This winter the snow on the mts. is all we get. Even though we’re so close to the Canadian border, it’s been really warm this year–the warmest January on record.

    • Thank you! 😀 But you get a lot of rain this time of year, right Nicki?
      A record warm winter? Wow. We’re getting snow again. Snow is in the forecast for tomorrow also.

  7. That is so interesting to read that snow can be too cold for snowman building. This is my first time meeting Henry. He is so adorable and what a cute friendly face! So he is a yeti? My stuffed monkeys are happily pointing him out in the snow and want to come over and say hi 🙂 Beautiful images of winter. Here in Melbourne, Australia, it’s summer, so we are probably having more hazy skies than you right now 🙂

    • Hi, Mabel! Yes, Henry is a yeti. He’s blushing at your compliments and thanks you for them. 😁 He’d love to meet your stuffed monkeys.😊

      I’ve never been to Australia. Would love to visit! And not just because it’s below freezing here! 😊

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