Tuesday, January 26, 2010

After the Storm

The storm had moved east, the sun has come out, and the temperature dropped. The nine inches of new snow has been driven into sculptured drifts, completely filling some small drainages or lining the northern edges of larger drainages with curled over massive pillows of hard packed snow. This is what many of the plants of the northern Great Plains are used to. We have been losing many of our important shrubs, particularly Buffaloberry, probably because they are not protected during the winter by these large drifts much anymore nor are they slowly irrigated in the spring as the snow melts.

The Horned Larks are adjusting to a new landscape once again.

The way it looked on Sunday afternoon, with the blowing snow and near whiteout conditions, I half expected to look in my neighbors yard and see this!

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