Monday, October 31, 2011

Mother Nature

We have had the gamut of wacky weather this year.  I am posting this from home during the day as we are experiencing our first unofficial "Snow Day"............ in OCTOBER!  The snow this weekend was so heavy and the poor trees that have not lost their leaves were no match for it.  Limbs and trees are down all over the place causing power outages all over, including our schools.  Yes, there is still a fair amount of the white stuff, but it's a brisky 43 degrees out and will be getting a tad warmer as the week goes on.  Unfortunately, the nights are dropping to the freezing mark and below so the roads will be hazardous. 

This was a picture of the backyard yesterday afternoon.  There is a branch down just past the steps to the left.  Our pin oak that is behind where we park our cars has numerous broken limbs that are not completely snapped off or are resting on others which makes it a pretty precarious situation.  We'll be parking the vehicles elsewhere for a while!

We had been at the condo during the storm and were witness to the tidal flooding and a bay that was wild with wind and waves but no snow.   Needless to say, we were tuned to the weather channel - that and the football game - in the company of our friends who helped make a dreary day go quickly.  We ventured out into the storm to meet another couple for dinner, but by that time the worst had passed.

Last weekend we had taken our bikes to one of the local county parks to try out the bike trail there.  It was a pleasant ride although a little cool for my ears.   Here's what the falls near the confluence of the North and South Branch Rivers looked like........

When I looked down at my feet I was pleasantly surprised by these freshwater clam shells..................

They are very small, not bigger than a quarter.  I have never seen shells like this near a river although I am told by our school custodian that there are also freshwater mussels that raccoons go nuts over that have the typical black shells. 

So looking ahead I'm kind of wondering what kind of winter Mother Nature has in store for us!


  1. It always surprises me to see shells round fresh water; I don't know why it should, though. When they dredge the canal and leave the debris on the bank, you can see shells in it.
    It's a shame the trees have suffered to much with the early snow - I was hearing about it on the World Service over the weekend - I listen when I can't sleep at night. We had one month's rain in a day last week, I think the weather everywhere is out of kilter. I hope you're able to enjoy your snow day and fill it with some creativity.

  2. Happy Halloween Lorraine! Sorry to hear that some of your trees didn't fair too well during the storm :( We are having wacky weather here right now - it's 65 degrees! It's going back down in the middle of the week, but we are trying to enjoy it while we've got it! Glad you were able to go for a beautiful bike ride the other day!!!! Have a wonderful week!!!!

  3. ugh winter...I was just thinking today....I am tired of snow already! lol

  4. Such strange weather. I love the pictures. We get very little snow here. I work for an insurance adjuster and we have been so busy with these storms and power outages. Great photography.


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