Friday, February 8, 2013
SkyWatch Friday: January's snowy sayonara
After several days of spring-like weather, the last week of January brought a winter storm that lasted five days and gave us a little bit of everything wintery: big fluffy snowflakes, little bitty snow pellets, freezing rain and sleet, wind, fog, and a lot of cozy days for baking and reading/dozing/movie-watching by the fire. On the final night of both January and the storm, temperatures warmed quickly from single digits into the upper thirties, so that by the time the snow stopped last Friday morning, between the drifting and the melting it was hard to guess how much snow had fallen. We had drifts three feet deep, and one nearby rural neighborhood measured 18" of snow. But we think we got 8-10" here, much of which has since melted and left a slushy mess.
I took these photos from an upstairs window last Friday afternoon as the sun finally returned and the last tatters of the storm moved south over the Big Horn Mountains....
I lived in southern coastal Maine during the northeast's Blizzard of '78 (and have been through a few epic blizzards here in Wyoming) and send my heartfelt wishes for the warmth and safety of all beings in the path of Winter Storm Nemo. Please be careful, and may your skies clear soon.
There is still strong in our society the belief
that animals and the natural world have value
only insofar as they can be converted into revenue.
That nature is a commodity.
And that the American dream is one of unlimited consumption.
There are many of us, on the other hand,
who believe that animals and the natural world
have value by virtue of being alive.
That Nature is a community to which we belong
and to which we owe our lives.
And that the deeper American dream is one of unlimited compassion.
~John Robbins, "The Food Revolution"