Driving up Snowy River
(River = Lane in the Midwest.
Didn't you know that?)
Say it Isn't Snow! A PictoREAL Adventure
"Snow way, snow how!" — Blizzard
I woke up this morning and was shocked to see it snowing outside.
Yesterday it was raining *all day long* and today we get a
flurry of snow activity in the Midwest. I was shocked because
I can't remember any other instance in my lifetime when it's
snowed this early in October. Lots of rain — yes. Usually
the first snow of the season comes sometime in November — but
not this year!
Fifteen minutes after I rolled out of bed a friend 'out and
about' called me to say, "If you want to see colorful
fall trees like you've never seen them before, go find some
tall ones and look at them before the sunshine melts all the
snow away!" Not one to let such an opportunity pass by,
I threw on my clothes, grabbed my digital camera, and jumped
in my car without even combing my hair for an adventure in
finding big colorful trees with snow on the leaves.
For about an hour I drove around town taking pictures of
trees and scenes capturing the arrival of a mid-October winter
pushing autumn to hurry up. No — I'm not ready yet! Oh
well, weather or not <smile>, here it comes. The good
news is it was only a teaser snow and most of it melted off
Snow Leaf Tree
During my adventure I stopped by my favorite walking path
and tromped through the snow in the grass to get some close-ups.
The pictures here illustrate the chilling effect the weather
had on me — on everyone around here — today. By
time I came in from my picture-taking, my socks were wet and
my feet were freezing!
Why no color in the pictures? 'Cause I pretended like I was
an early 1900s photographer. Just kidding! (I still secretly
think that before Technicolor came around everything in the
world really was black, white, and shades of gray. Well that's
how it looks in the old movies! If Humphrey Bogart ever wore
a red shirt, who would know?).
But seriously, for creative fun I thought it would be interesting
to let your imagination fill in the color in these pictures.
If Alfred Hitchcock can do it (Psycho), then so can
I. That's a good solution to the real truth: Most of my pictures
missed that good picture-taking sunshine because the SNOW clouds
kept blocking it and they looked washed-out anyway. And
snow it goes. •
Snow White's Coach Pumpkin
(we'll just do some
— I'm sure Cinderella won't mind).