Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Snow Falling on Cedars


Yup. That's a cedar...

We finally had a decent snowfall this winter. In typical form, the weather folks were caught flat-footed after a number of false alarms. My daughter's school was open for business, but few showed up besides her. They dismissed everyone and then we got a robocall reporting her absence tonight. Dumb.

Nonetheless, it is obvious that our rare snow storm was fun for the kids...



The closeup of this image shows Rankin-Bass type snowflakes as the big flakes fell...



Time stands still as a snowball reaches its zenith...



Once a cedar is killed, it can be made into a fence post that lasts for years, as these obviously have given their precarious angles...



An abandoned bird feeder collects snow



and under the pine boughs, a skiff of snow must skip and bounce like pachinko balls towards a stable resting place.

13 comments:

The Moody Minstrel said...

Wow!

Hopefully that means we won't be getting any snowfall here this year. Usually it snows in our area about once every five years or so. Last year we got substantial accumulation (i.e. enough to cause serious traffic problems and close schools) twice!

I'm not interested in having to deal with that again anytime soon...

Dean Wormer said...

I saw it was starting to snow and raced into work yesterday beating the mess just barely.

They closed the office shortly after I got there.

I work in a law firm and we have a patio much like "Boston Legal" where the lawyers can sit outside, drink scotch and smoke cigars.

I built a snowman on it before I left.

The Moody Minstrel said...

Speaking of traffic problems, I guess things got pretty ugly in Portland, didn't they?

Have you seen the video they have linked fromthis site?

ladybug said...

We didn't go anywhere, and we had fun! What's really great is that some of the videos running around the "internets" are from that street that runs right in front of the MAC..

All those rich folks thinking they will be ones getting out...bet someone will be subpoenea-ing some of the tapes for their lawsuit...

Anonymous said...

Car wrecking on streets

Seymour said...

I bike up that street next to the MAC every week (when its NOT snowing). I can't even imagine the stupidity involved in trying to drive up or down it in the snow. Wait, I can just about imagine it...owwww, it BURNS!

All said and done, this weather is much preferable to the typical Portland inclement weather cycle: 2 inches of snow followed by 2 or 3 inches of freezing rain. That stuff sux!

The Moody Minstrel said...

Forgive a long-time expat.

"MAC"?

Momo the Wonder Dog said...

Nice pics. Happy to just look at pictures of it this year. When it snowed here last year, I just stayed in my dog house all day.

Pandabonium said...

When I was a kid, I'd walk 5 miles to school and back if it snowed.

(Of course, as I grew up in Southern California, I never had to do that.)

Anonymous said...

Q. How many TRIMET buses does it take to figure out you need snow chains during a blizzard?

A. Nine little buses all in a row

Might give indication of deep snow

Sliding this way sliding that

Sliding where ever TRIMET's at!

Anonymous said...

It did snow in Malibu yesterday, though nothing to make note of. The grapevine (the I-5 pass north of LA) was closed yesterday for Ice and Snow hazard.

Why, I've even seen snowfall in Temecula, though not this year.

(sigh) Thanks for the pics!

Pandabonium said...

Dewkid - actually it did snow twice in Tarzana (San Fernando Valley) when I was a kid, but I didn't see it again (except in the mountains) through 1976 when I left CA for good - so pretty rare.

Malibu? Wow.

I like snow as a day trip - go play in it, come home where there isn't any.

Seymour said...

MAC=Multnomah Athletic Club. Located right behind PGE Park, which used to be Civic Stadium.

Situated right at the base of the West Hills. Narrow steep streets with really nice houses.