We have had a LOT of big snowstorms this winter, and sometimes it has snowed continuously for several days… leaving us with a tremendous amount of snow. There is no such thing as snow removal here, and when the plows go through, the snow just gets pushed to the sides of the roads… and back into the just shoveled driveways. These photographs were taken several weeks ago when the snow banks were only about four-and-a-half feet high. Now, five or six snowfalls later, the snow banks are so high you can’t see over them, and the roads feel almost like tunnels. Shoveled paths are the same… there simply is no place left to put the snow except up!
It has been cold here too, with supposedly record low temperatures for days at a time. The roads and paths are icy because the original layers of ice from the December ice storm never get a chance to melt. The road crew puts sand and salt on the roads… we put wood ashes on the paths… but they’re both still dangerously slippery.
It is true that we have also had day after day of bright sunshine, and all that snow is beautiful against the background of a vivid blue sky. I need to keep remembering this because the snow and cold will be with us for at least another two months.
Can you tell I’m really, really, REALLY looking forward to spring?