I used to be like a lot of people out there and get positively grouchy about even one snow flake falling after March 31. The calendar clearly states that Spring begins on March 21, give or take a day, and this year, even Puxtawaney Phil announced that we would finally be rewarded with an early spring. I saw a billboard a couple weeks ago that said "OK Winter, You Win, Enough Already". I think a lot of people at this point would agree.
So, with it being April 11 today, and receiving this beautiful new blanket of snow, I thought I would share with you 11 reasons why I have converted and am now one of those who likes an April snowfall. Please consider the following:
1. Enjoying a nice walk outside without turning into a human icicle
2. Tulips and crocuses that will not be bullied around by snow
3. Another chance to wear that ski sweater or snow flake earrings (I saw them today and it wasn't just when I was looking in the mirror, at least not for the earrings)
4. It quiets down all that Global Warming talk. Not that I don't believe it, but it scares the double toothpick sticks out of me.
5. Generally heavier than your average snow, this stuff makes good snowballs and snowmen
7. Thunder and lightning when it's snowing? Shazam!
8. Having learned my lesson in February, I did not get in the right turn lane prematurely even though traffic was backed up for miles...but I saw a lot of other people doing it, and getting away with it I might add. Not this reformed driver.
9. Bodies of water develop a thin and intricately designed layer of slushy ice and when the Canadian geese, who got the memo from Puxtawaney Phil and made their way south, paddle through it, they leave lovely trails and patterns for us to admire, and
10. Remember the band "April Wine"? Exactly, and not to worry
11. It will be gone in a couple of days.
If you are not yet convinced and are feeling short-changed by this weather, you could try a suggestion I read in the paper. Put on a tropical shirt, some shorts, turn up the heat, mix up a picture of Margueritas, turn on Jimmy Buffet or some reggae and make a shrimp cocktail. Spring will be here before you know it!
Originally published Apr. 15, 2012
Spring season has finally arrived in Minnesota and the time is perfect to capture it. Fall comes easy with its bounty of colorful leaves and the brilliant blue of the October sky. Winter possesses its own attributes with snow and the transformative ability to appear as blizzards, icicles, hoar frost or a blanket of glitter. The fact that snow glitters, well, I have a thing about glitter and so it gets a lot of bonus points in my book for that reason alone. Summer of course graces us with green foliage, flowers, stormy skies, and a proliferation of life everywhere we look.
As a landscape photographer, I find Spring to be a more challenging season to photograph (at least in MN) with the exception of ice out on the local lakes. It is much easier on a macro scale – tulips budding and spreading their petals to bathe in the sun, baby leaves sprouting from twigs, a mother bird sitting on her nest, raindrops and puddles, a groundhog peeking out from his or her winter home, crab apple trees blossoming with white and pink flowers, and fiddleheads uncurling.
Maybe that is the gist of things – new and young and somewhat solitary and meek, until they prosper and flourish as one – growing and spreading into clusters, fields, and forest canopies.
The other challenge with Spring is the wind and when you are photographing up close, everything needs to be as still as possible. So when those windless days present themselves, nature photographers must act quickly or face resorting to a bag of tricks to keep things from blowing around.
My upcoming blog schedule includes: The Chinese Year of the Dragon and Tom Pham’s Wondrous Azian Kitchen; Motorcycles, the State Fair and Count’s Kustoms; Women In Photography; Minnesota’s Statehood Day; and another round of Ernst Haas’ thoughts on photography.
I hope you will visit again and in the meantime that you are enjoying Spring wherever you are.
I am a photographer who lives in Minnesota. I blog about Minnesota, photography, music, food and miscellaneous topics.