This Winter hasn’t said its last word in any way. When I compare it to the two, previous winters we’ve lived here in Saint John, I’m impressed. Were I to compare it with the Winter of 2007/08 in Quebec … it’s nothing.
With regards to amounts of snow, we got away pretty easy, during this last blizzard. It dumped 13 centimetres here in Saint John. The high winds, blowing snow, rain on top of it made for treacherous driving and cars covered with an ice-snow-mix.
I love snow, but I really feel bad for all the people who have to deal with it … who have to get out and go to work. Been there so many times!
Yesterday we scraped the car and got out. Drove around town and looked at all the beauty of ice covered snow, glistening in the bright sunlight.
Once in the park, I thought this might be the day to get a shot at “Blue Jay in Snow” … it’s like a goal I have — to get a good photo of the bird, sort of embedded in snow. One blue jay flew in, alright, but totally eluded me. There were no peanuts = no posing for photo.
This little guy, however, I did get some pictures of. I haven’t ID:d him yet. Small birds, like this one, isn’t my strong point.
Last year, I found the first colts foot on March 12. Flickr is great for checking up on stuff like that. As things are looking now, I honestly doubt that’s going to happen this year. More snow is coming today, but also rain. You never know though … once it starts to melt, it goes fast and the colts foot that I found then was up against a wall where the sun was really blazing.
Today is February 28th, so tonight we can round up this month and put it away somewhere … in our mental archives.
On this date, twenty five years ago, someone shot Sweden’s prime minister Olof Palme. The murder has never been solved. He and his wife had been to see a movie, and somebody shot him out on the street in central Stockholm. I guess … apart from everything else, this was sort of a wake-up call for Sweden — he didn’t have any kind of security. When I woke up, the morning of March 1st, which was a Saturday, I turned on the TV. Expected to see the usual Saturday morning show, but there was only text scrolling on the TV-screen. We had something called «Text-TV» — I don’t know if it was only there, in Sweden, text-TV existed, whether it’s still around …. I haven’t seen it for years. You could push a button on the remote and you got all the news in text.
Anyway… in my dazed state, I only read one headline rolling by, that said «Ingvar Carlsson new head of state», and I thought to myself … ‘oh?! Where the heck is Palme then?’ It took a few minutes for it to sink in…
Here’s last year’s first Colt’s foot