Saturday, April 6, 2013

Saturday encore ~ 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.


  1. Beautiful photos. The snow stacked so precisely on the wires was stunning, especially in the dark.

    You are really on the ball.

  2. Yep, that is the beauty of this Land of Enchantment we live in. We missed the snow @8000 ft north of you, but Taos Ski Valley got some and those skiers were happy, happy.
    I love your happy herd and it's so fun watching what's happening down there.
    peace n abundance,
    ps that night shot is way-cool, as is George and Alan's wet manes while munching cactus

  3. Beautiful climatic event and amazing that it was gone by the end of the day.

  4. truly amazing photos, love the night snow shots

  5. These photos and their comments flowed straight through my eyes, down into my chest and did their medicine. I was waiting for moons for a breakfast so fine.

  6. How beautiful! I am so happy for the ground, that means more grass!

  7. This may be one of my favorite posts ever. Each picture is breathtaking and perfect, and yet so different. Thank you for sharing a little slice of paradise with us.

  8. But I'm afraid to ask why Alan seems to have a snowball between his ears?

  9. Hank is just so gorgeous. Love that boy.

  10. Are there any photos of Hank in his younger years? He has amazing confirmation and I am sure he was magnificent under saddle as he is a noble senior equine.

  11. I agree, this is my most favorite-ist (ha!) ever! Gorgeous photos, really! I especially love the one of Smooch! I love all your posts but this one will always be at the top! Glad the snow is gone! :) Hugs, Meghan

  12. Gosh This one takes the cake with the ole saying: "If you don't like the weather, wait 15 minutes!" AMAZING! And yes, Hank is the perfect specimen! Shhhh..don't tell Alan, George and Lucy!