Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Snow-dusted Buckeye Tree


Well, there it is. It snowed Monday morning and I have the photo to prove it. This is a Buckeye, with all its leaves and nuts fallen for the season, bearing a light load of snow on all its branches and twigs in equal measure. In dormancy, the lovely, evenly spaced and curved network of branches is best displayed, showing the unmistakable form of this species.

The snow came off and on Monday, but did not accumulate much and melted away by afternoon. At one point, a particularly dark sky unleashed a downpour of small-grained hail. But tonight, the prediction is for very cold temperatures (22F) and possibly two inches of the white stuff. The morning will tell.

11 comments:

Chuck Pefley said...

Congratulations, Elaine! You've arrived ... even if you are in California :)

We're in the low 20's too. Not much fun when it's that cold (: More snow is predicted for tomorrow as well ... we'll see. Hope you're staying warm.

Rose said...

This is very nice Elaine... very nice

Jules said...

How beautiful but cold it is!!!!

Here we have white stuff on the trees but it is ash!!!!

JM said...

Beautiful shot! The leafless tree looks awesome in white!
What a great capture on the previous post! The squirrel looks just perfect on the composition.

Meead S. said...

Nice shot. So Willits has also gotten this snow. Isn't interesting that the "snowy posts" have started first from Seattle Daily Photo (maybe Vancouver, BC or Alaska was the first. anyway), then it has continued to Portland DP and now in Willits DP and Santa Fe DP (in New Mexico!)? Is it going to continue to blogs from Mexico too? Let's see.
We can write a paper about it "How weather affects blogs in CDPB?" and publish it somewhere ;)

Dina said...

A lovely tree it is. And snow, when rare, is such a welcome sight. Enjoy it.

Hilda said...

Its branches are gorgeous! And it looks pretty with the snow on it. I'm so glad you chose this to to tell us about your snow — it's a lovely photo!

Stay warm, Elaine!

Knoxville Girl said...

What a lovely explosion of branches and snow. We've had rain and thunderstorms in TN so far; no likey that, a tornado is often not far behind. But not this time.
I also like your squirrelgoyle from yesterday.

Kym said...

I've heard that there is quite a bit of ice in the area. Drive carefully!

Kris said...

Do the good folks of Willits eat soccotash?

I'd like to think that somewhere out there someone is sitting under a big ol' buckeye tree eating a big ol' bowl of succotash.

This image keeps me going.

USelaine said...

I was sure I had responded to all your kind comments here, but it looks like I failed! Please be assured I read them all, and I thank you for your lovely words! We don't get snow down in the bottom of the valley every year, but it is still about 1300 ft above sea level, so there is always a chance. We are starting to "warm up" with snow levels rising back up to the mountains.

Succotash? Euh, there must be, yes, Kris...