It seems like more than half the country is getting hit by more snow, ice, and other nasty cold stuff through this weekend.
We humans are just not designed for this. So, everyone stay warm inside and have a look at lots of animals who were much better designed for snow than we are. As usual, thanks to The Weather Channel for gathering the pics in this slideshow. While they do include some of my favorite ‘snow’ animals, such as the snow leopard: I think they were a bit remiss in not including others of my favorite snow-loving animals, like the Arctic Fox: And not a single one of Arctic Hares, either:
Arctic Hares High-Fiving
But I have to say that my favorite ‘wildlife-in-snow’ themed photo that ISN’T in the slideshow is this one:
“Hey, maybe one of you two cubs is small enough to reach in there…”
This is our daily Open Thread – if you’re reading this from somewhere with no snow, please think warm thoughts towards the rest of us!
This rare and beautiful Camperdown Elm is one of several in front of the Niccols Building on the University of Idaho campus. These trees are amazingly gorgeous in the Spring and Summer, but possess a haunting beauty when covered with snow.
This was taken in January, 2008. It always amazed me that before this I’d only seen the kids sledding on this hill once. 17 inches of snow in one day kind of brought ’em out. They had loads of fun, and I had fun watching them and staying warm inside the house. 🙂
Sadly, this hillside has been cut away, and now has an apartment building sitting in front of it.
In addition to about a foot of snow on the ground by the day I took this picture — much more would fall — we were treated to about ten days of freezing fog. This produced some lovely hoarfrost, which is what you see on this bush with the thorns and pretty red berries. Absolutely gorgeous!
I’m hoping we don’t have as much snow this winter, and I wouldn’t even mind not having the hoarfrost.
This is our daily open thread — tell us your winter stories!
I opened my garage door to what I thought was a couple of inches of snow, backed out of my driveway and promptly got stuck in the skirt. Those couple of inches turned out to be almost 10″ and since the plows had done their thing, even my AWD couldn’t handle it.
Thank goodness for neighbors! Two of them helped me rock my way out of forever stuckedness.