snow

January: The Dog Course

Song of the day: Bruce Cockburn, High Winds, White Sky

Today’s Phenology: Temperature hovering around freezing for the last several days, leading to minor snow melt and some ice in places. Sun is neglecting us. Landscape is varying shades of white. Foxes and/or coyotes spotted on neighborhood security cameras. Many bunny tracks in the yard. Eagle spotted riding the winds over the river, looking for dinner. Crows dominate the bare trees. A damp cold that creeps into your bones. Sunday evening always feels like sunday evening, a school night, the end of control over time. The clock is ticking.


merry christmas!

picture is from a little video I shot in 2002, so long ago…

song of the day, Merv Griffin, Christmas City

today’s early morning phenology: gray skies, fog, 31 degrees, icy.


the lost glove

 

Song of the day: Fine Young Cannibals, Good Thing


spring snow

Yesterday’s Phenology: We actually did get some snow yesterday. Mostly it rained a cold rain through the day, but in the mid afternoon the rain decided to turn to snow for a bit, and we had several million flakes come down on us. Nothing that stuck on the ground, however. But it was a pleasant enough day, rainy and cold and breezy and cloudy, and wet wet wet. Just like we like it.

Song of the day: Pete Seeger, L’Internationale


Winter of the Crows – 10

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At the sight of blackbirds
Flying in a green light,
Even the bawds of euphony
Would cry out sharply.
Yesterday’s Phenology: Warmish — particularly for February — and W      I           N                D                       Y          !

Song of the Day: Andrei Krylov, Black Crow


winter tree

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Yesterday’s Phenology: Ahhh, February. Maybe it was in the 30s today, but it felt a bit colder. Cloudy but bright. Didn’t crack freezing; sidewalks have patchy ice. Crows flit from tree to tree, calling and heckling. Clouds broke up a bit in the evening, caught glimpses of the moon and Venus.

Song of the Day: Antonio Vivaldi, Winter


monday at the dogpark

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Yesterday’s Phenology: Cold. Mostly due to the wind. Sunny bright. Got up into the low 20s today, but the wind brought it down by about 10 or so.

Song of the Day: The Shangri-Las, Remember (Walking in the Sand)


it’s a dog meet dog world

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Yesterday’s Phenology: Winter wears on. Sunnier today, and cold, teens, with a steady breeze (in the 50 or so minutes I was outside.) A brilliant clear city night. Were those the Pleiades I saw up there tonight? A definite perhaps.

Song of the Day: Harry Nilsson, Me and My Arrow


snow scape, footprints, time

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Yesterday’s Phenology: Today, late in the day, the sun came out a bit. The temp approached the freezing mark, but stalled out at 31. The sun was a big red ball on the horizon during the evening commute. Thousands of crows were flying about the Mississippi, near the Franklin Avenue Bridge. I saw them from a distance as I was coming down the hill from Prospect Park. They reminded me of bats leaving a cave. Headed towards downtown, along the river. Friday night crow party, downtown Minneapolis. After I got home I noticed Venus up there in the twilight sky as I was walking Flynn around the block. I pointed it out to Flynn. He cared not.

Song of the day: John Lee Hooker, Santana, The Healer


winter grass

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Yesterday’s Phenology: Just a few degrees colder and a few inches of fresh snow and it seems like winter again. Today I heard on the radio that we’re headed for another warmer-than-average month. Which will make 17 in a row. Which kind of makes me wonder if we will ever have another colder-than-average month. Today’s high was 29. Paul Huttner on the Updraft blog reports that 18 of the last 26 days have been cloudy or mostly cloudy. Squadrons of geese fly over frequently, going here and there. What makes a bunch of geese decide to go fly somewhere, some other little patch of water? Boredom? A mean-looking squirrel tried to drop a big branch on me the other day. Everybody’s on edge, it seems.

Song of the Day: John Lee Hooker – Crawlin King Snake Blues


winter tree

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Yesterday’s Phenology: The temperatures been hovering between 32 and 33 for about the last 20 hours, and the sky has been overcast since 2016, it seems. But today seemed a bit colder than yesterday (and I guess it was a couple of degrees colder.) And they sky seemed darker and the gloom that landed with a thud on 20 January has only deepened. Occasional couples of geese fly over the house, headed for the river. They cheer me up, their pristine goosiness.

Song of the Day: John Lee Hooker, I’ll Never Get Out of These Blues Alive


the long shadow of winter

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Yesterdays Phenology: Another March day, with a dirty grey sky and temps that stayed in the mid-30’s all day long.
Saw some crows today.

Song of the Day: Bootsy Collins, If 6 Was 9


the winter bike

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Yesterday’s Phenology: Another cold day. Seems to be a trend. Every January, seems to be cold in Minnesota. Today, -5 when I woke up. -31 in Hibbing. -39 in Crookston. I hate to think what the wind chill might have been up there. Makes -5 seem not so bad, like an early spring morning. A lack of new fallen snow was also welcome, and it was actually almost bright outside on my drive home from work. Perhaps this is the nadir of our winter?

Song of the day: James Taylor, Steamroller


winter trees

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Yesterday’s Phenology: Again, a couple of inches of snow during the night, and a couple inches during the day, after which it cleared and got cold. Beautiful big moon in the sky tonight, but not officially “full” until tomorrow morning. Speaking unofficially, it’s full. It would have been a fine day to stay home and drink tea and have scones. I hope someone got to do that today.

Song of the Day: Talking Heads, This Must Be the Place


late afternoon snow scape

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Yesterday’s Phenology: A bit on the chilly side. -6 when I was on my way to work, with a -20+ wind chill. It crept up to about 2 degrees in the heat of the afternoon, and since has sunk down a bit. Sunny sometimes, cloudy later. I guess it didn’t matter much. The days are about 15 minutes longer now than they were, and it’s noticeable. Spring is just around the corner. The far corner. A ways off there in the distance.

Song of the Day: Tom Waits, Rain Dogs


house cat

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Yesterday’s Phenology: Woke up to find a nice layer of ice on all the sidewalks and streets, which led to some very careful walking with tiny little steps and very gradual progress around the block with Flynn. A sunny cold and breezy day. Pretty moon in the sky in the evening, and, as is often the case on these clear cold nights, a lot of very bright stars. I think I saw Venus up there too.

Song of the day: Gustav Holst, Venus


Yak trax?

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Yesterday’s Phenology: Another gray flannel day in Minneapolis. Temperature hovered around 32 for most of the day, and it sort of drizzle-fogged in the afternoon. A little bit colder and it will be a bit icy out there. Saw a blue jay in our back yard birch tree today. Don’t see much of them around here. It’s said that they prefer oak trees and we are a few blocks away from the scattered oaks nearer the Mississippi. Perhaps our feeder food is not to their liking. Oh well.

Song of the day: Local Hero, Victor’s Song


very small sled dog…

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Yesterday’s Phenology: Sunny. Cold. Slippery. Birds crowding at the feeder. Crows keeping an eye on everything. Cold.

Song of the Day: Loudon Wainwright III, Man & Dog


dashing through the snow…

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Yesterday’s Phenology: Another day of changing climate. Mid 30s and grey, large pools of water filling the sidewalks and the streets, waiting for some subzero temps to become skating rinks. Ho Ho Ho! Took a brief walk in the woods, and not a creature was stirring. Merry Christmas!

Song of the day: Bing Crosby, David Bowie, Little Drummer Boy


the annual picture of the frosted echinacea

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Yesterday’s Phenology: Another dirty warm winter’s day. Somewhere in the middlin’ ranges of the 30s. Sky like ash or ash-colored slate, or maybe a dreary grey flannel, sprinkled with ash. The morning was a bit sunnier, I guess, though. I walked around the pond in the late afternoon. Nary a beast did I see. Distant crows caroled: four calling birds?

The day seemed no longer than yesterday.

Leonard Cohen: Famous Blue Raincoat


frost on the pumpkin

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Yesterday’s Phenology: A lackluster day, gray, breezy, mid thirties. Our snow is looking bedraggled and stale.

Song of the day: Greg Lake, I Believe in Father Christmas


winter is here

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Yesterday’s Phenology: There was light snow falling all night, and so we woke up on Sunday morning to about 7 inches. It was a dry light snow, and quite beautiful. I take all the credit for this, as I had asked Max the day before, “Do you think we’ll be getting any snow before Christmas?”
Everyone out shoveling and snowblowing. It would have been a perfect day for cross-country skiing, but didn’t see anyone thus occupied. A good number of folks on fat-tired bikes, though. Everyone was busy digging out. The roads were very messy, but everyone seemed to be taking their time and being careful.
We went for a nice walk with the wee dog. It was a pleasant day, about 20 degrees, notalotta wind. Wee dog charges through the snow like a little motorboat; 7 inches of snow is about up to his chest. Colder tonight, and for the next few days, they say…

Song of the Day: Trip Shakespeare, Snow Days


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february. ice houses. lake minnetonka.

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One from the archives: Fresh Snow! march 2008

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