SNOWFALL TURNED INTO slush overnight before I could capture its pristine beauty. The light dusting of powder didn't last long in the rain. Although there wasn't enough wintry white to make a footprint (photo taken last winter), I was glad this first flurry of the new year melted fast. Driving on icy streets is a challenge. And I didn't want to bring out my cobweb-covered snow shovel.
I imagined the Semiahmoo Library near my neighbourhood looking much the same as it did last winter (above) when I took this shot. Content to stay indoors after a short walk I did my reading online and made no plans to visit the other side of this building where frost was no doubt confusing the early bloomers planted on the library wall.
Fragile sprouts encouraged by recent mild weather were less likely to survive this icy surprise than the tough evergreen shrubbery hunkered outside my door. Picturesque and harmless as white puffs of fluff seem to be I have to agree with the unknown author who said: “Snowflakes, like people, are all different and beautiful, but they can be a nuisance when they lose their identity in a mob”.
When not being a nuisance, however, fresh flurries incite mobs of skiers, sledders and snowmen to gather on the snowy slopes. I suppose it is good news for them that although this current wonderland has thawed, forecasters see new flakes coming in the near future.
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