Monday, April 23, 2012

Spring is springing

I should know better by now of course - but as soon as I open my mouth, or put my smug fingers on the keyboard and post pretty pictures of clear blue skies, Alberta and her temperamental weather show me who is boss!
This wee snow storm blew in on the afternoon of the 12th April (the day of my last "ooh look how nice it's been" post),
and by the morning, there was 20cm of fresh, wet and extremely heavy snow dumped on Cochrane.  Oh yay.

But it melted quickly - and the weather has cleared nicely.
Numerous birds are returning to our area now - the skies and riverbanks are awash with squawking, honking and beautiful chirriping, and the kestrels are hovering over the prairie grasses.  
I don't really have a good enough camera (or the skills) to photograph the bird life, 
but this little Red-winged Blackbird did pose nicely yesterday.
He had a quite lovely three-note birdsong and his red shoulder flashes puffed out clearly each time he sang.

Anyway, I've just come in to post this, because it is too hot outside!
26ÂșC today, thank you very much.  Bring it on!

Damn, did that sounds too smug...again?


  1. We have had some of it all this year, haven't we?
    Terrific post and I love your photos -- you have captured the squirrely weather perfectly! Hope you have a great week with lots more beautiful weather!


  2. The weather just can't seem to make up its mind. Even here in northern California, hot yesterday, cool today.
    Nice job with the redwings, don't you love their song?

  3. Beautiful series of photos you show.
    Wishing you a good day.
    Hanne Bente /

  4. This post made me smile. We never know in Alberta, do we?
    I posted photos of someone else's crocuses yesterday as proof of spring, then discovered today my Nanking Cherry is blossoming.
    My husband believes in weather forecasts (silly man) so he's having his snow tires removed before driving to Fort McMurray on Thursday. He says he gets better gas mileage. I say he'd better not get stuck in an unexpected snowstorm up there. But nobody knows for sure what will happen.

  5. What an unexpected show. We've had rain, but the temps have been pretty warm. - Margy

  6. Hi there - that’s funny how the weather bites back. I put up a post about a month ago about my "last" crop of tomatoes for the year. For two weeks after that the sun shone and the green tommies kept going red! So much for human certainty!

    Stewart M - Australia

  7. You really have had temperature swings! Today it's cold here - we even had flurries, but nothing like the snow you got a couple of weeks ago.

  8. That dump of snow came the day after we arrived in Cochrane for our recce. It was a suprise to say the least, but it was beautiful at the same time.