Vagaries of Winter

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Things can change dramatically over three consecutive days at our waterfall. Thursday the temperatures rose a little above freezing reaching the mid-30s F. Then came heavy rain on Friday with a high of 48F, clearing on Saturday with temperatures dropping rapidly to below freezing within hours. Now we’re back to frigid temperatures in the teens. The vagaries of winter.

About Eliza Waters

Gardener, writer, photographer, naturalist
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72 Responses to Vagaries of Winter

  1. Donnalee says:

    Beautiful photos–that looks like us in the Woodstock NY area recently. Now everything is sheet ice, including the patio where yesterday I actually saw bluejays and squirrels slide on the ice as if they didn’t know how to manage. It surprised me–

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  3. pastpeter says:

    We lost 18in of snow cover thanks to 2-3in of rain and 55 degrees! Crazy winter.

  4. Alice Pratt says:

    Fun to observe and document the changes.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      It was iced in pretty tight from all the previous cold, so I thought documenting the transformation would be interesting. I should have added one more today, but didn’t get out there, alas. πŸ™‚

  5. dorannrule says:

    There are wild swings here too. As the old saying goes, “If you don’t like the weather here, wait a minute.”

  6. Widdershins says:

    Same-ish here … we’ve had snow, freezing rain, and then everything melt away and it’s a balmy 6 degrees C, with clear blue skies … ya gotta love 21st Century winters. πŸ˜€

  7. cindy knoke says:

    Darn it, I couldn’t view it….

  8. Pretty! Taking one tomorrow? Frozen waterfall?

  9. Amazing!⛄️❄️

  10. MK says:

    A variation on your summer theme documenting the changes in your garden. A marvel to behold, from where I live! (Sameness, sameness, sameness. Hot, warm, hot, warm. Will it ever cool down?)

  11. I probably shouldn’t mention that I’m commenting from our room in Puerto Vallarta. It’s 82F here today. I wish you could be here too, soaking up some of the sun. We’ll be back in San Jose tomorrow, but we’ve sure enjoyed the break.

  12. Jim R says:

    Much of the same here. Headed for some negative temps this week after some snow.

    This too shall pass. πŸ™‚

  13. Kris P says:

    Well, it keeps things interesting! I love your waterfall (and envy the rain, of course). We’ve been going through dramatic changes too – rain one day and the return of Santa Ana winds and summer-like temperatures the next.

  14. Maria says:

    Amazing, very scenic, thanks for sharing!

  15. naturebackin says:

    So interesting to see the sudden changes. Entrepid of you to venture out with your camera! Here in South Africa we are also experiencing strange fluctuations and extremes though at the high end of the temperature range.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Carol. We’re in the midst of another freeze up with snow coming tomorrow. Winter is having its way with us this year, for sure.
      I hear that water shortages are getting serious in your area. I hope your rains come early this year.

      • naturebackin says:

        Hope the coming freeze is not too severe or lengthy and you stay warm. Yes, here the winter rainfall regions of the country (mostly the Western Cape including Cape Town) are in crisis. Other parts of the country are also in a serious situation because there is so little water available and the drought is ongoing and temperatures continue to reach as high as 40 degrees C. Here in KwaZulu-Natal, one of the summer rainfall regions, we have had rains this summer to improve dam levels to more sustainable levels in some areas. We learn not to take anything for granted …

  16. And I thought our weather was changeable

  17. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    The slide show really shows the difference. We’re in for a cold week here too – not sure if we’ll get more snow though.

  18. louise237 says:

    That’s cool (I didn’t say cold…) πŸ˜‰ I enjoyed the slide show! Thanks for sharing.

  19. Even here in SC, this winter weather weather has been like a roller coaster.

  20. Beautiful pictures Eliza, stay warm and cosy!

  21. Oh what a lovely waterfall! I can see why you were drawn back each day. The physical response to the temperature changes seems to be very fast, but I guess that is largely down to the rain.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Allison. Yes, it was pretty quick. What was interesting was the ice frozen deep down at the bottom melted last, so there was an opaque green-glass look to the streams.

  22. Timelesslady says:

    We are having a lot of ups and downs, thawing out, freezing up, in southern NJ.

  23. Chloris says:

    It all looks very cold, but how clever of you to make it into a slideshow. It would be fun to see it turning into spring and summer.

  24. How amazing to have a waterfall..and i​ thought here was cold.

  25. Cecilia says:

    I can get lost in your photos, clicking through endlessly. Just awesome! Thank you and greetings.

  26. Wonderful photos and you definitely captured the beauty of nature’s quickly changing moods!πŸ™‚ We experienced a similar weather pattern last week and I’m glad we have snow now instead of the rain.πŸ™‚

  27. NorCal Zen says:

    Ooo wow! That is amazing! Thank you for sharing!

  28. ladyfi says:

    So wonderful! Keep warm and enjoy.

  29. bittster says:

    What a fun series of photos. You sure ain’t kidding about vagaries!

  30. Robin says:

    Winter sure puts on a variety of displays! Wonderful series, Eliza. πŸ™‚

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