Post #261

Snow, at last

26th February 2004, early evening | Comments (17)

It snowed here for a few hours this afternoon, and although it was pretty dark I nipped out and snapped a few photos, also taking the chance to let the dog run around a bit — she really seems to like the snow.

At one point she spooked a hare which went tearing off across the field, with Poppy in pursuit. I thought about trying to stop her, but chasing a white dog, in snow, in failing light, is not a hopeful task, so I just let her run.

Later on I measured the distance between the hare’s foot marks in the snow — it had a ‘stride length’ of just under 3 metres. Vazzzzzoooooooooooooooooommmmmm…

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  1. Lee:

    I love the pics, as usual.

    Especially the landscapes. 'The road outside our house' actually has an American small town/road movie feel to it.

    Not too keen on the birk in the florescent jacket though. ;-)

    Posted 30 minutes after the fact
    Inspired: ↓ Chris Neale
  2. Nicole:

    Ok, fine, your dog is cute.

    (Which is saying a lot, given that I am not what one would call an "animal lover").

    Posted 41 minutes after the fact
  3. Sian:

    I've been snapping away too, I had a day off from work and was able to go out and about in between the bursts of snow. I had a I had a great shot of a Robin lined up and he flew off just as I was about to take it. These Robin's should learn to be patient.

    The road outside your home surprised me. I imagined you to surrounded by fields and hills and little else.

    Posted 46 minutes after the fact
  4. Mark:

    I want to live in england:(. It stopped snowing here quite a while ago. I've never seen show on daffodils before, they always come AFTER the snow :(. Poppy's adorable. *hugs* -out-

    Posted 50 minutes after the fact
  5. David House:

    Damn you! We had some snow in the midlands, but not enough to throw around. Snow has to be the best type of weather. Ever.

    Posted 1 hour, 52 minutes after the fact
    Inspired: ↓ Dunstan
  6. Waylman:

    Nice pics.
    I have to chuckle when you say "Snow, at last". Here in Western New York (South of Buffalo) we have had 2 feet+ of snow for months (3 feet amount to about 1 meter for the rest of the world - maybe someday the US will catch up). Well, it started out as that much, but with the rain, then snow, then rain, then snow... cycle it is now only about 8 inches of compressed snow and ice. It will be at least another 2 months before we start seeing daffodils, or any flowers for that matter.

    Last winter the City of Buffalo got 7+ feet (over 2 meters) in a day and a half. Three months and millions of dollars later they were still digging out the side roads with payloaders.

    If you want real winter, this is the place to live (in the US anyway). Btw, did I mention winter is my favorite season? No joke, it is.

    Posted 2 hours after the fact
  7. Dunstan:

    We didn't have an awful lot, but enough to cover everything.

    I have these super-duper adventure-racing shoes, they're full gortex and everything and while I was out there I thought I'd go for a run with the dog around the field.

    It turns out that running in snow is great fun - everything feels much softer, and in the falling gloom I didn't have a great deal of sense of distance or perspective... I just floated along, didn't get tired, didn't get jarred on heel-strike... it was great :o)

    Posted 2 hours, 4 minutes after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ David House
  8. Jim Reverend:

    Excellent photographs. As usual. I really like the daffodils and the road. Very well done. I'm sure you're getting sick of my "ooh ahh" comments in regard to your photographs.

    Posted 2 hours, 15 minutes after the fact
  9. [m]:

    Nice jacket. ;)

    It did snowed here, but when the sun came out everything melted. :(

    But a few weeks ago we had another snowy day, me and my brother had a little snowball fight and we made a snow doll. Well, we tried anyway.

    The balls we made for it's body were the too big so we tried to roll one ontop of the other, but the whole thing fell apart. We did the usual thing someone does in similar situation: we threw the big chunks to eachother.

    Needless to say, it was great fun.

    Posted 2 hours, 16 minutes after the fact
  10. Ian McFarlan:

    Beautiful pictures - always a pleasure to stop by here for a read/look.

    Posted 3 hours, 19 minutes after the fact
  11. Alastair:

    Older brother (who actually has no idea what he's talking about) comment :

    You need a control panel for your banner that you can use to overide the weather feed, or at least add some detail.

    For example it's certainly night time and partially cloudy, but there's also a foot of snow on the ground.

    It's certainly not worth the effort, but you are a perfectionist...

    Posted 3 hours, 56 minutes after the fact
    Inspired: ↓ Dunstan
  12. Chris Neale:

    I thought it was berk with an 'e' : P

    and fluorescent

    Posted 3 hours, 59 minutes after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Lee
  13. Dunstan:

    I was thinking that today, Al. I thought maybe I'd write to a file the time and date of the last occurance of snow, and then if less than 24hrs had passed since the snowy period ended, it'd still show snow...

    It wouldn't be ideal, because then other weather conditions would be ignored, but it'd be more realistic.

    Though the control panel idea is also cool. If I ever swap the whole thing over to Flash that'd be ideal - I could click the "Add shepherd" button, and a wee man would come in with his dog, or whatever :o)

    I will have a think, danke for the idea.

    Posted 4 hours, 8 minutes after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Alastair
  14. Lee:

    Misplaced my dictionary...

    You got my meaning though.

    Posted 4 hours, 10 minutes after the fact
  15. Alastair:

    "danke for the idea"

    It's a pleasure, although I am not German, and to prove it I will correct your English : it is "Poppy and Me"...



    P.S. Sunrise / sunset would be nice. Especially if it was animated in flash...

    Posted 4 hours, 26 minutes after the fact
  16. Chris Vincent:

    Ha! My dog does the same thing (sitting on my back).

    We already had our snow for the year (; I don't suspect it will come again. Blasted global warming...

    Posted 8 hours, 39 minutes after the fact
  17. Shauna:

    i think you should take that dog on the road, clearly she has talent :)

    Posted 2 weeks after the fact

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