Wednesday, February 2, 2011

It's Cold on the Prairie!

It started with rain early Tuesday morning and then it turned to freezing rain. The freezing rain gave way to sleet and finally snow. When the precipitation ended, all flat surfaces were covered sheet of ice. And all the while, temperatures dropped from the 70s on Saturday, the 50s on Monday, the 20s Tuesday, teens today, and single digits tonight.

I am fortunate that my office shut down yesterday and today so I do not need to get out on the roadways with the crazies. Instead, I can stay safe at home and take pictures of my prairie as viewed from the warm indoors.

Well, it is warm most of the time. Many parts of Texas are enduring rolling blackouts. I think it is so we will have enough electricity to power the Super Bowl stadium and the hotels hosting the visiting teams. The power outages seem to be on a predictable schedule. Each has come at 25 minutes past the hour, every other hour, since 6:25 this morning and lasted about 20 minutes at a time.

A four nerve daisy blooms through the snow and ice.

A dove is hunkered down near the patio.

The red feathers of this cardinal brighten a cold, dreary day. Looks like I will have to venture out into the cold soon and refill the feeder.

I know there are other parts of the country with more snow, ice, and colder temperatures than we have here on the prairie. Stay safe and warm wherever you are.

I need to shut off the computer before the next power outage.

1 comment:

  1. We had the rolling blackouts here too. Finally the temp is going back up! I probably lost some more of my hibiscus this year. Not great weather for the tropicals. :(


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