159: Reversing the processPosted: March 1, 2011 Filed under: 365 Life in the Bogs Challenge, current events, Earth, goals, home, nature, Photography, pond, snow, Spring, Walking, water, weather, winter | Tags: flood, flowers, frost, ice, Ohio, pond, postaday2011 24 Comments
(Frosty kitchen window sunrise.)
When I woke up this morning my thoughts were about spring. The reality was frost and ice. It had gotten down into the 20’s overnight and there was a sparkly layer of frost coating everything. Had the rain not melted most of the snow, we might have had another round of hoar frost.
(This morning’s view of the pond.)
As I stood at the window sipping on my cup of tea, it occurred to me that the scene I was looking at was very similar to how it looked in the late autumn when frost began to appear in the mornings on a regular basis. Winter is reversing itself. We started frosty in November and we’ll probably end frosty. I’m not sure when that will be, though.
(An autumn leaf frozen in time.)
I had a nice walk this afternoon. The sun is shining, and it feels relatively warm (almost 40 degrees). I didn’t take many photos. I meandered around the property with no particular destination in mind. I eventually circled back around to the front of the house to check on the flowers. I wanted to see if they’d opened their little heads yet.
Aren’t they gorgeous? I think they may well be the most beautiful flowers I’ve ever seen. They look like warmth, springtime, and hope.
What’s new in the Bogs
- The heavy rains and snow melt have caused quite a bit of flooding in northeast Ohio (other than our basement, of course, which is now pretty much dry). I had a look at some of the local creeks this afternoon while I was out and about running errands. I think this is the highest I’ve seen some of the creeks, including the one that is currently flooding our woods. It’s possible they have been higher in previous years, but this year I am paying attention.
- Some folks apparently don’t understand the phrase “Turn around, don’t drown.” A woman my age, who should be old enough to know better, decided to try to drive through flood waters and was swept away in her car. The poor woman died as a result. Another woman on another road did the same thing but she was lucky enough to be rescued. The deputy who rescued her, however, suffered from hypothermia. The moral of the story: If there is water on the road, turn around. There is no way of knowing how deep it is or how fast it’s moving.
- A few roads nearby are covered with water. There are plenty of high and dry alternate routes.
- The Ohio Senate has delayed a vote on the union (busting) bill. It will be interesting to see what they do with it. One of the things we the people of Ohio can do if we don’t like a law or a section of a law that our Assembly passes is have it put on a statewide ballot. IF they pass the union bill, it’s highly likely it will show up on the ballot in time for the next presidential election which might bring out those independent and progressive voters who stayed home during last November’s elections. So, it should be kind of interesting to see how this all plays out.
- I noticed that the drivers in this part of the world have not improved their driving skills since my last outing a week or two ago. I don’t know what it is with Ohio drivers and driving at least 10 mph under the speed limit, not using turn signals, and driving while texting or talking on their cell phone. You can always tell who is texting or talking on the phone. They are usually driving about 15 mph under the speed limit and swerving. Sometimes it is difficult to tell them apart from drunk drivers. They are probably almost as dangerous.
- Most of the snow has melted. There are still some patches in shady spots, and the huge mounds of snow made by plowing will probably be around until April. There are few that may even last into May. (Not really, but they sure are big.)
Well, that’s about it from the Bogs for today. I’ll have some slightly more exciting news soon. Or at least something different to write about. I hope.
Gosh, those crocuses are incredible. And I love the notion of “winter reversing itself.” There’s something so satisfying about that——
Hugs from Haiti,
Thank you, Kathy. 🙂
Yup it froze here in Five Island, Hubley. I nearly broke my neck walking out of the front door on a sheet of ice! Still very beautiful, but not a crocus in sight. Love your pictures, especially the frozen leaf.
Be careful on that ice, Lynne!
Thank you. 🙂
You have flowers!!! How come I don’t see any here yet? Although the plum trees have lots of blossoms, and the red buds are starting to bloom, too.
Those bottles in the first one are so pretty, and the light is gorgeous.
Ugh, you hear of those stupid people crossing flooded roads every single time there’s a flood! They should ALL know better!
Drivers in TX aren’t any better. Drives me CRAZY!!!! In Germany (where I grew up) you HAVE to go to driving school, and pass a written test after a certain amount of classroom hours before you get to take driving lessons. You need a certain amount of driving lessons (always one-on-one with the instructor) before you can take the driving test. It’s very expensive, but at least they take it seriously and actually teach you to drive the correct way. Oh, and in Germany you can’t get a driver’s license (or go to driving school) until you’re 18.
Our tulips and daffodils are popping up, too, Michaela. But the trees barely have buds and I don’t think we’ll see any blossoms on them for a few more weeks.
I think age 18 is a good age to start driving. It’s 15 here in Ohio, MUCH too young if you ask me.
The glass bottles and flowers are so pretty – I’m ready to see some of those bright colors around here…. BRING ON SPRING!! I made the bad decision to try to drive through a flooded road once, and the car almost stalled out (WHEW – it didn’t)!! Never again!!
Thank you, Holly. 🙂
First time I looked at the colourful bottles, I thought they were wearing teeny, weeny top hats. Marvellous I thought!! The I looked again and saw they were just corks…Awww. Reminded me of a story about a little short sighted mouse who thought he lived in a magical land, everything glowed around him…sad story when his mum bought him glasses.
anyway, those Crocus’s look wonderful, a lovely marker for spring. It’s hard to believe it’s March already, seems as if time is melting like the ice cold snow thereabouts. Good to catch up on your news, Robin and “I’ll be back” to find out the ‘more exciting news’ on your next update. I can practice my typing whilst I’m waiting. Sheesh, The red lines under most of this comment has to be seen to be believed…(mind you some are English vs American, so not all bad!!) 😉 xPenx
Pen: LOL! Every time I look at the bottles now I think of your comment and imagine them wearing teeny, weeny top hats. I have to admit, it makes them more amusing that way.
I had no idea that Ohio was flooding – that’s a shame about those women. Still, I agree, Ohio drivers are weird (although I still believe they’re not as bad as Colorado drivers – I have seen MANY drivers flying down the shoulder during snow storms while the rest of traffic is almost completely stopped).
Meredith: I think all 88 counties were under flood watches or warnings this week. Most have expired now. Yay!
I think you may be right about the Colorado drivers. Much worse.
Nice shots – I especially like the one of the frozen leaf.
Thank you, Mike. And thanks for stopping by and commenting. I appreciate it. 🙂
To me, spring signals a new begining more than the new years. I love the bottles and the flowers. Btw…Im glad you can read signs and youre safe and sound.
I agree with you, Morgan. Spring does seem more of a new year than January 1st, especially in colder climates.
Thank you. 🙂
Beautiful shots. Love that frosty sunrise pic!
Thank you, LadyFi. 🙂
I love to leaf frozen in the ice, but I love the flowers, too. It’s wonderful that the seasons change and we get a little taste of everything…
Flooding sounds pretty scary – I’ve never really experienced one until we had six inches of rain in one storm last year in March. Even then it didn’t come into our basement, but there were many unpassable roads and some smaller bridges washed away. Since we’ve had record snowfalls this winter I wonder how much flooding the snowmelt will cause…
Thank you, Barbara. 🙂
I think that’s what I like about those in-between times (dawn, dusk, when the seasons change). You get a little bit of everything… or so it sometimes seems.
And in-between places, too, like seashores, lakeshores, and where the meadow meets the woods…
Ah yes, that’s true… there are in-between places as well as in-between times…
The flowers are beautiful, Robin. I hear your concern about the behavior of others. This morning I listened to an Eckhart Tolle talk. He said he’d like to see a course on awareness/consciousness taught in the schools. I think he is so right. So much of what we do seems to be out of total lack of consciousness. Driving while texting and attempting to drive through flood water and so many other things could be eliminated with conscious thinking patterns.
Thank you, Marianne. 🙂
A course on awareness/consciousness would be nice. If not that, at least a course in common sense and thinking through the consequences of one’s actions. It seems to me that common sense would be part of the survival mechanism. *shakes head*