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Mother Nature’s final stand

March 9, 2011
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It snowed here again last night.

It was inevitable, almost every single year there’s still one significant snowfall right around state basketball tournament time. It’s like Mother Nature’s last-ditch attempt to mess everything up. And right now the Boy’s state basketball tournament is underway in Des Moines.

I will admit, as much of a pain as it is, it’s awfully pretty stuff.

White, wet and heavy. It just stuck to the trees like frosting. Perfect snowman snow. But I think we’re pretty much over the snowman building phase here, at least for this year.

We’re ready for spring.

Our poor deck. You could see all of it yesterday.

Now, notsomuch. It think it’ll be a few weeks before the basketball hoop can be put out there.

The remnants of the rather large hostas in the front of the house:

Don’t worry guys, the snow will melt soon and spring will be here before you know it.

We already have quite the flock of robin (big fat red chest and all) hanging out in our backyard. I don’t know if it’s the cool bird gathering place or what, but we easily had a couple dozen poking around on the ground. See?

Big, fat robins that seem to love the crab apple tree in our yard.

Thirty robins and what appears to be one young cardinal, though it’s kind of difficult to tell from the picture.

Over on the right side:

He has the head and the mask of a cardinal, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen one that yellow. I wonder if his mother knows he’s been hanging out with robins. They could be a bad influence on him!

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