Monday, November 16, 2015

Sand, Snow, And Wind Storms In The Canyon



It began yesterday with strong winds blowing off the top layer of the mud that has covered our land here since the mudflow that came down with the rain a few weeks ago.


I have wondered how nature would redeem herself, get rid of the mud, and return to normal. This may be one of her ways. Gusts to 60 mph they said on the news. 


Overnight, the storm continued with strong winds, rain, hail, sleet, and a little bit of snow. My old windows would have rattled, shook, and whistled with the wind; my new ones held up beautifully.  


As I stepped outside to take some pictures, I realized that much as I have longed for winter weather, something we haven't seen here for a couple of years, I may be getting a bit old for it. Even though it's only about 30F right now, I have absolutely no desire to walk the dogs in this weather. 


This was Faith's first encounter with snow. She stepped out into it, gingerly, lifting her paws and putting them down carefully, like a cat. But it didn't take long before she realized she could lick the snow, she could run around in it, and that there was more snow on her table. She took to running and jumping up and down, on and off the table, back up, down again, she even flew over Samson, but landed safely. She's so full of joy this dog, I just have to smile. 










37 comments:

  1. Faith is a blessing to you and to her brother.... we were talking this morning about how much JOY Jake brings into our lives just watching him LIVE.
    those first two photos are AWESOME... so beautiful... i don't like cold. 62 is as cold as i like, 50 i can stand but below that and as low as 30 is a not for me....

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    1. So true about Faith. I was surprised to see that first photo, how it came out. I'm glad you liked it.

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  2. What entertainment to watch Faith make such a discovery! We are lucky if we get a good frost, and I'd like to frolic in the snow myself. Will have to head up to the mountains.

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  3. Hi Inger - gosh the weather has changed ... we're about to get that sort of wind here ... but they've had enough rain to 'sink a battle ship' up north and west. Yes perhaps that is how Nature amends her ways ... blows the sand and mud away to another district. It does look cold - and that too is coming our way at the weekend.

    Wonderful to see the dogs cavorting around ... just completely understand you don't want to walk them in that weather ... but so pleased the new windows are good news ... lovely photos .. cheers Hilary

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  4. Your pictures are beautiful. You are really capturing your canyon! Those dogs are blessings for you too! Enjoy the snow. I am glad it hasn't found us yet!

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  5. i love it when the dogs get goofy in the snow, but you can keep those temperatures, please. :)

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  6. Stay warm and cozy up in the mountains there. We had much cooler weather here today, with what I call chunky rain (it's rain with a bit of frozen stuff mixed in). The pups will survive missing one walk or two, but if you are going to walk the dogs, be sure you don't have a spill like happened before. Take care.

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  7. I love your doggies & I'm glad the new windows are doing their job!!

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  8. These pictures almost look like paintings. The certainly are worthy of framing.

    I know you need the rain and snow, but I hear you. After the last two years of snow, snow and more snow, I am hoping that we get a break in the east. I hate the shoveling and clean-up and my old bones just aren't what they used to be.

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  9. It looks cold to me. Glad you have those new windows!

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  10. It didn't take long before Faith recognize the gift of snow. It so fun watching the reaction on the cats and dogs especially. You really got a mixture of storm. It's good that you have some good and solid windows to weather the storm...I'm no fond of winter either.

    I hope it's a mild and kind winter.
    A great photo of the dogs checking out the snow.
    Have a great week.
    Hugs,
    JB

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  11. Dogs seem to love snow despite all reason :)
    I'm hoping that this winter is not like last year

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  12. Faith looks surprised at her first snow. I do hope you have a good winter - and a mild one. I'm sure the new windows were a blessing. Love your pictures!

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  13. It looks beautiful. It sure transforms the landscape when it snows. Hope that sun comes out and warms things so that you can get outside for a walk! Sweet hugs, Diane

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  14. Nature does repair herself.

    The photos are amazing.

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  15. I remember our old rescue cat, Kitty, a white Persian. We had the last heavy snow Louisiana has ever seen since. I opened the door for Kitty to go out and do her regular rounds. She took one horrified look at the front porch and turned to me with a regal: "You have got to be kidding me!" And stayed indoors until Mother took her out to explore. Kitty meowed until Mother took pity on her picked her up. :-)

    It must be truly beautiful when it snows there. Faith looks uninspired in that photo! I'm glad she "warmed" up to it! :-)

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  16. We got the same mix of snow and ice here. I don't know about the wind because we were at Yosemite. Faith's joy is wonderful -- and must be good for your heart. She makes me smile just reading about her antics in the snow.

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  17. Oh, my, Inger. I wouldn't want to go out in the cold, either. I'm glad Faith likes snow. It's something my pups aren't likely to ever see.

    Love,
    Janie

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  18. Beautiful photos. I especially like the first one.
    Hey, your dog soon figured, this is so much fun. Hope you adjust soon, so you can take them for a walk. Such good companions.

    Thanks for sharing. It's quite an amazing place, where you live.
    Have a good week.

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  19. That is cold, and since we have had snow where we live, only the once in 2011, the cat didn't know what to do. I guess Faith will have more fun soon .

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  20. Beautiful photos...what a lovely setting you have and such cute fur babies

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  21. If it is sunny the cold doesn't bother me. I just layer up and go walking. : )
    Beautiful photos. My favorite is number 3.
    I've never seen a dog yet that didn't enjoy the snow. : )

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  22. Beautiful photos! Otto has never been in snow either. I'm thinking (hoping) he will respond like Faith did. Woo-Hoo to happy, warm windows!

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  23. It looks so cold out there - but the dogs make life fun!

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  24. love your pics and Faith looks so cute - ... We only got about an inch here but higher up they got quite a bit more. We had thunder snow - lightning and thunder like crazy all the while it was snowing lightly and windy as heck. Then last night the winds were crazy.

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  25. Oh! somehow your photos made me feel quite chilly too. Perhaps because the wind is howling round my windows here.

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  26. Awe- - - first encounter with snow ! how precious.

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  27. Nature does try to right itself. And, you have snow already! We are just getting rain here in MN.

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  28. I'm always envious when I see the landscape around your home. Here in the Smoky Mountains, we are having a terrific rain storm. The forest has lost all the leaves and it's very bleak and barren.

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  29. Great photos, dear Inger!
    It looks so cold to me that live in the tropics.
    Would be fun to see in person lovely Faith running and jumping up and down, on and off the table, enjoying the snow!
    Have a nice weekend!
    Lots of Hugs!

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  30. Hope your winter doesn't get too bad. We had snow last night,it lay on the ground and looked quite thick. A couple of hours later it had disappeared and now we're left with ice and it being skippy underfoot.

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  31. We had our first snow yesterday and today it's very cold. I'm hoping for a mild winter for all! I love those shots of the dust storm - so amazing.

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  32. Dear Inger, this is such a delightful posting during Thanksgiving week. Faith and Samson are such blessings in your life just as Maggie, Ellie, and Matthew are in mind. When my spirits are low, they seem to know and they come, one by one, to lie on my chest and assure me that all really "shall be well."

    I love your paragraph about Faith and the snow. So much joy. Peace.

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  33. I love looking at your pictures, Inger! How beautiful your surroundings are! Faith looks like she is making a statement.... maybe... queen of her castle.. or 'I'm the boss of you Samson' Haha! I rarely look forward to snow but one good snow on Christmas eve is nice. Stay warm, Inger. I so enjoy coming by to visit and read your posts. Gracie sends licks and snuggles to Samson and to Faith too.

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  34. Hi, I hope that you are doing all right and taking care of yourself.
    Give love to Samson and to Faith.

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Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger

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