Spring weather has been bouncing around as usual this year. Accordingly, we had an ice storm and 75 degree F temperatures within the same week. Photos from last week reflect that. Life and beauty continues, despite the pandemic and everything associated with it. Please stay safe.
I’ve been trying to photograph as much as I can in our yard, hoping to highlight the nature that can be found right outside your window or door right now. I’ll share more of those backyard photos in coming weeks, but this week I’ll focus on one gorgeous plains garter snake that was warming itself in our garden while Kim and I were working in the yard.
Chris, was the wind from the icy side or the other side? My experience with ice storms in the Houston area is very limited. I would have thought the sunshine had melted the ice on the dry side of the grass stalk. Thanks for sending your weather in our direction. It was 90 degrees here yesterday with high humidity felt like 99, but 73 and sunny now.
Iris, that’s a great question. In this case, the wind was from the icy side. You’re right, though, that ice often melts fastest on the sunny side of grasses, and other ‘structures’. Often, as in this case, both can be true. Ice storms are usually accompanied by north winds in our area and the sun warms up the south side of things because we’re in the northern hemisphere!
90 degrees seems otherwordly from our more northern perspective. I was in Houston last summer in June and really enjoyed my time there – but I’m not sure I’m hardy enough to survive the summer heat where you live! I’m impressed with all of you who can!
My guess was that the wind was coming from the side without ice. I had thought the rain drops would have been blown to the down wind side of the stem where they would have frozen as they had ran down the stem. Since you observed the storm, you would know the direction of the wind. So much for my logic being able to prediction this one.
That bifurcated red tongue is the best! :-)
Always love the beauty of your photos- especially the close-ups of the little things.