Saturday, April 18, 2009

Happy Springtime from the High Desert

Yes, we got more snow yesterday and last night. Flannery, who's home this weekend (Oakley too!), stood in the back door and took this picture earlier this morning. You may be able to tell that the sun is just starting to creep across the field. The shaggy contours of the junipers are starting to reveal themselves once more as the spring snow melts. Such is the speed of transformation in the high desert. Just last week I had the gallery door wide open and the happy tourists were walking by in their shirt sleeves. Today I imagine they're bundled up in down jackets and snow boots. The lucky ones anyway, those who looked at a forecast before they packed their bags.

I'm enjoying a quiet day at home with the kids. A fire crackles in the woodstove and I lift my French roast in a toast to (what I hope is) the last snow of springtime.

30 comments:

self taught artist said...

beautiful isn't it? better than mud and rain! have a cozy day.

The Moody Minstrel said...

(Does a double take, mouth hanging open...)

Is that normal for this time of year where you are?

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

Enjoy your family, last snow, fireplace and coffee...in that order! The photo is beautiful!

murat11 said...

Rain down our way, O bliss. Enjoy your French-roasted toast, your snowy spring day, the babes flown home, and your good man...

C.M. Jackson said...

San--

enjoy and think what all the lovely melting snow will mean for the trees and mountains this summer..

Best-
c

Maggie May said...

Snow! Where you are? I am surprised!
Enjoy it!

Lori Skoog said...

San....and here we are in the 60s. Glad to read that you are alive and well. A fire and coffee sounds like the way to go.

Carol said...

We are in snow, also. We have had no hint of sun for a few days. This time of year, the snow is heavy and slick and gloppy. Driving in it yesterday, I was slip-sliding away and didn't find that to be nearly as fun as it was when I was younger. I think I need to adjust my perspective a little.

I feel much warmer while thinking of you in front of the fire.

Yes! May this be the last snow this spring!

Much warmth, much plant-greening moisture, and a lot of love & peace to you, San!

Daryl said...

Its finally finally warming up here .. tho NY spring is always a little skitzo .. two nice days are always followed by 3 rainy ones .. but snow .. well I think we're past that .. crossing digits!

chewy said...

A beautiful snowless day in New England.

adaelamoon said...

I'm a little jealous, my snow days are done. As I was reading your post I glanced to the right and saw that your profile blurb says "I believe in the power of levity", is that what it always said? I even so much as mentioned in my award that you "believe in the power of levitation"

Meg Wolff said...

I'll toast a dark roast to that, too! I love snow, but not in spring. Hi San! Have a great weekend with Oakley & Flannery. :-)

sukipoet said...

the second time I visited New Mexico and stayed in vallacitos/taos then Santa Fe was a month in April. Thank goodness I read a guide book which said bring your warm jacket. That snow is pretty though and as it will melt fast it is a delight.

Leslie Avon Miller said...

While we sip tea here in the Northwest this evening we have a cozy fire burning as well,. We have mowed the lawn once this spring and it needs another cut. I love the gentleness of the weather in the moderate seasons; spring and autumn.

The Gossamer Woman said...

It does look awfully beautiful, whether you're happy with it or not. Is it normal for it to snow so late in the season? I thought everyone was all done with winter. Wishful thinking on my part probably.

lime said...

wow, i didn't realize you got snow like that at all where you are. your weather sounds as schizophrenic as ours.

~Babs said...

Aaah, chicks coming home to roost.
Nothing feels better, does it?

Beautiful photo, but I'm glad we've seen our last. I'm doing yard work, and getting ready to plant four o'clocks and lillies.
Eighty degrees yesterday.
Smilin',,,tipping my mug to your french roast, warm home fires, and kidlings. Perfect!

Akelamalu said...

We've had bright blue skies and warm sunshine here today. The snow look beautiful but I much prefer the sun. :)

Sparkling Red said...

Oh my gosh, that's crazy! It's supposed to snow here in Toronto next week, but this is Canada! What's your excuse? ;-)

Lynette said...

San that's a lovely snow you had and it's hard to belive that parts of the country are still getting snow. Sounds wonderful to me, the kids being home, a springtime snow and the french roast toast!

Artist Unplugged said...

It seems late in the year but it is still very beautiful!

Hilary said...

Truthfully, despite how beautiful it is, I'm glad it's you and not me. ;)

Lovely shot.. enjoy the warmth of your fire.

Celebration of Life said...

Here in Wyoming, on the high desert, we got that snow also and it finally stopped after 7 inches. Today it is all gone and it is supposed to be in the 70s this week.
Have a great week!
Jo

jsd said...

Ah snow in April - yuck, but it is quite beautiful.

katie jane said...

It's 49 here today with temps going into the 30's the next two nights, then 82 predicted on Saturday! What's up with this weather???? Your snow is lovely, but please keep it.

indicaspecies said...

Snow there, wow!

And here the temperatures have already soared to 30degC (86degF). Soon it will touch 50degC (122degF) and then I'll be gone again..to the mountains.

Cath said...

Beautiful. But so very changeable extremes in your neck of the woods right now!

Carver said...

That's a beautiful shot but I can imagine that you're ready for spring. We had a snow on March 1 which was very unusual for NC but we're in the full force of springtime now. Thanks for visiting my blog. I appreciated it.

Anna said...

San beautiful shot, but ouch, hope it will not go my way, lol. Anna :)

Raven said...

Missed this the last time I came by. It's so odd how we have ideas about places and I never would connect Taos with SNOW. Guess I can't complain about the weather here (though I will). Though it has remained absurdly chilly, it does LOOK like Spring.