What do you notice first in this photo?  The snow or the melted earth?

What do you notice first in this photo? The snow or the melted earth?

Today, opening the front door, peering out into the marvelous outdoors, I looked around.  Still ninety percent of the landscape lies covered in snow.  Snowdrifts, deep snow, shallow snow, melting snow…but still, snow…

I decided the theme of the day should be photographing melted areas of snow.  Focusing on the ground, the soil, in its limited appearance.  Enough concentrating on snow!  Let’s discover the melted areas.

Exhibit A.  Look under trees, especially trees in open areas.

Exhibit A. Look under trees, especially trees in open areas.

At this time of year, it’s auspicious to find sides of buildings, roads or trees where the sun shines with greater intensity from the south.  A patch of earth reveals itself covered with dried leaves, trampled-down undergrowth, needles or rocks.  (The above tree was my daughter’s fort in pre-school.  She spent hours hunkered down beneath the branches playing with stuffed animals, her toys spread out on the stones.)

Driveway melting, thanks to the snowplow scraping it away

Driveway melting, thanks to the snowplow scraping snow away

Speaking of memories from years back, I have another fond memory of March.  When the kids were young’uns, and the south sun heated our deck warmly in the afternoon, we sometimes put on our bathing suits and sunned on beach towels.  I kid you not.  Fifty degrees felt tropical to us in those days.  Our skin soaked up that Vitamin D from the sun and we felt like summer lurked just around the corner.

These days the thought of putting on a bathing suit and sunbathing on the deck seems a little “out there”, but who knows?  If it ever heats up into the 50’s maybe I’ll try it, just for the sake of this outdoor commitment, of course.

south side of a tree, can you tell?

south side of a tree, can you tell?

I’m wondering right now if the rest of the country is mostly snow-less.  If it’s only us extreme northerners in the United States who can still snowshoe and ski?  Besides the mountains, of course.  Add northern Minnesota and Wisconsin, North Dakota, Montana and Idaho in the mix and maybe Carla over there in Maine (Carla?  Still snow in Maine?)  I’ll bet there’s plenty of folks in the south planting seeds in the earth. 

and finally, lovely driveway gravel, up close

and finally, lovely driveway gravel, up close

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