Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The perfect New Mexico snowstorm

We were all a little surprised to wake up to a significant amount of snow Tuesday morning, though we shouldn't have been. 
Spring in New Mexico is like that – 80 degrees one day, five inches of snow the next. It's part of the charm of living here.


I finished the morning chores, took a few pictures, then went back in the house
to drink coffee and wait for daylight so I could go back outside and take more pictures.



Smooch was not amused by the climatic turn of events.



With the grass thoroughly buried, the herd went back to grazing on cactus.



Apparently, if you scrunch up your nose just so, you can avoid getting stabbed by the stickers.



There wasn't a lick of wind, and the silence was kind of ear-y.



I'm not sure of the temperature, but I wasn't wearing gloves 
and my feet didn't get cold. Who could ask for more than that?



The soft light was ever so flattering on Lucy's delicate features.



Alan: I am so freakin' sick of hearing how beautiful Lucy is. 
Wanna start a snowball fight and put her in her place?  



It's just not possible to take a bad picture of Hank. He's handsome under any conditions.



Am I right or am I right?


Anyway, the best thing about a New Mexico spring snowstorm is that it disappears as quickly as it arrives.


By the end of the day, 99% of the snow had melted. 
The ground had been so warm and thirsty that there wasn't even any mud. 


All that was left to show of the storm was snow on the mountains, growing grass, and a happy herd.

30 comments:

  1. Beautiful pictures of the snow and the herd. Nice that it wasn't cold and the snow was "easy come, easy go" and helps the pasture grow.

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  2. Love all of the images , especially the last one of Hank. It appears that he's standing on only one foot! Have a great Easter weekend.

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  3. These colors are amazing!! I've only visited New Mexico once...and it quickly became one of my favorite places in the U.S. :)

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  4. I would never have guessed that you got snow in New Mexico, in April too! I love all of your pictures, especially the first of Alan with the falling snow. Have a great day!

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  5. Love the snow storm story.
    Best always, Sandra

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  6. Seriously? You were fretting over what to post... you got a beautiful sunrise yesterday...and today THIS! Could you fret about Wall Street and the economy today? And health care and global warming? Ha! Your blog is the first one I go to every morning. Love the pictures. Good eye!

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  7. Nancy in NC4/4/12, 6:44 AM

    You're absolutely right - no way to take a bad picture of Hank! I loved the post was he was kicking up his heels and just feeling so good about it!

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  8. Super photos. Again. Thanks

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  9. I love that peaceful feeling that you get when it snows and there is not wind....just calm. Here in Reno we've gotten just a tiny bit of precip ths winter and it will be a terrible dry summer for all the wild life. Love the pictures. Betsy

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  10. Beautiful, beautiful pics. Hank is the epitome of handsome. If you look handsome up in the dictionary it says "Hank from 7MSN."

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  11. As always your photos are fabulous. I love the one of the house but scrunchie nose was the best.

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  12. I woke up to your post this morning. What a beautiful contradiction in weather possibilities. This would never happen here in Oregon!

    I have heard so much about your animals from the Critter Farm girl, and I know they are beautiful. But the ones that you photographed this morning are simply gorgeous. I actually ran my fingers over Hank's likeness and pretended I was really touching him.

    I am now starting my day in a New Mexico 'frame of mind'.

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  13. Although I should know better, I was one of those deniers who went to the nursery on the weekend and got flowers to plant because it was so beautiful and warm for the past few weeks. The we got 7 inches of wet snow Monday night and Tuesday morning. Because it was so wet, many folks in the neighborhood lost power with a line down somewhere, and we lost cable and internet for 24 hours. I had covered the flowers and they survived with the temp only going down to 30 degrees. Last night I forgot, and with 27 degrees this morning, frozen pansies in the pot. New Mexico with its fickle Spring weather strikes again.

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  14. Wow! What a weather day you had. Beautiful pictures! Yes, Hank is lovely in any setting.

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  15. That's what the spring storms are like here too- the snow goes away the same day. Only, we get mud because we don't have your sandy soil, we have a clay base under the topsoil.

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  16. I love the pic of Allan,the 7th pic from the top, that's one that ought to be in a frame on a wall!
    Tara

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  17. Wow, talk about wild weather changes!

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  18. Now that is the kind of snow storm I can live with! Mother Nature sure is awesome, and so is your family! Not a one of them takes a bad picture! :))

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  19. Beautiful photos! I especially love the one of Lucy! Their little wet heads are so cute! :)

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  20. Crazy weather! I love the scrunched up nose and am so amazed that they can eat those! The other thing that totally amazes me is all that snow melts and you have no mud. Really fun pictures.

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  21. gorgeous photos! We just got a hail storm go through here. Gotta love the ever changing spring weather :)

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  22. Those snow pictures are some of your most beautiful photos to date. Kudos for getting out there and catching the light!

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  23. You always take the most wonderful photos but I am so taken with the first two and the light. Wow.
    Your quadraped children look as though they had a good time in the brief but much needed moisture. Also a treat to visit 7MSN. Oma LInda

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  24. One of the snow pictures has to be on the list for next years calander...Just beautiful...

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  25. I'm beginning to wonder if we get the same kind of weird spring weather patterns here. Hot one day, snowing the next.

    Those are some stunning images. I love the quiet that a fresh snowfall brings.

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  26. The atmosphere in the first few photos took my breath away. That is a LOT of snow.

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  27. how do you have snow and we have freakin' 80's.... just not fair!

    love the ear-y shot of George (do you know that if you hadn't put the hyphen in it, i might have missed the pun...)

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  28. So beautiful. A snow you can walk around in, that is my idea of perfect snow.

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  29. WOW! So, if you don't like the weather just wait 10 minutes. That's my kind of storm and no mud.

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  30. For some funny reason, I was incredibly relieved when you showed how quickly that snow melted. I've been fantasizing about 80 degree New Mexico days...don't ask me why...
    :-)
    (Wonderful, beautiful shots, Carson!)

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