Spring snow

It’s May. It’s spring. In the Colorado Rockies, that means a snowstorm. Here are views of the garden on Saturday, before a Mother’s Day storm dumped at least 7″ of snow in our yard:

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Here are some views after:

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The hummingbirds arrived on May 1. They should have waited to return until May 31.

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One good thing about the snowstorm was an unexpected visitor … a bright orange Bullock’s oriole. We wondered why it was so interested in the hummingbird feeder. After reading about their behavior, we learned that their diet includes insects, berries and nectar so that explains why this one was trying to drink from the feeder:

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Such a beautiful bird …

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Despite the snow, wind and bitter cold overnight, the juice in the feeder didn’t freeze so the hummers were back at it as soon as the snow was cleared away:

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The┬áspring snow and cold set me looking through my Ravelry designer page for an appropriate knit or crochet project. Found the most appropriate of all … the Spring Snow Shawl! Not only is it fun and quick to crochet, it’s perfect wrap up in on a chilly day. The cat thinks so too!

Spring Snow Shawl

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P.S. Not to be outdone by the orange bird, this little yellow goldfinch showed up just as the snowstorm was ending!

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P.P.S. In between bird-watching, I managed to work my way through some stash, combining leftover bulky/chunky/fuzzy/novelty yarns into hats for a charitable cause in these variations on the Cat & the Hat Beanie pattern, using size K/10.5 (6.5 mm) hook:

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  1. Bailey said,

    May 12, 2014 @ 5:55 pm

    Thankfully not this year, but we’ve had ice storms in New England in May. Not fun. The pictures are beautiful.

    Saw your link on Crochetville.

  2. Designs by KN said,

    May 12, 2014 @ 6:46 pm

    Thank you — even though the spring snowstorms happen every year, it’s still a surprise!

  3. Mary-Anne said,

    May 30, 2014 @ 2:13 pm

    Love the pictures, especially the one of the hummingbirds on the snowy feeder.

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