This winter has been rather gentle. Last week we had minor icing and this weeks it’s freezing drizzle and fog.
We had the first measurable snow of the season. It started Saturday night and continued into Sunday for a total of 8″. Schools were closed, know the kids loved that!
I don’t think we will be dining outside today.
Wylie enjoying the snow, do you think?
Last night fog developed and it made for a beautiful start to the day. The fog froze on the trees and grasses, I wished I could of captured the beauty of the trees sparkling like diamonds in the sun.
See the moon
We are certainly stuck in a rainy weather pattern. A few hot and humid days then stormy weather returns. This morning I emptied an overflowing rain gauge filled with 5 inches of rain.
Farmer Dry Creek
It will be a few days before I have to mow!!
Outlet at McPherson State Fishing Lake. A 46 acre fishing lake just west of Maxwell Wildlife Refuge built in 1954.
Impassable low water crossing due to the release of the fishing lake.
Of course I had to stop and take pictures of the wildflowers.
Field of wheat that is flooded
Turn Around – Just south of Hobbs Creek Road, Saline County, KS
We are certainly needing some hot dry windy days so the farmers can get into the fields to harvest. Praying for them.
Tornado warned thunderhead east of Salina, KS
Most of the reservoirs in Kansas are at record capacity levels. This is Tuttle Creek Dam in Manhattan, KS Yesterday 5/28/19 the elevation was 1133.27 MSL (58.27 above normal pool). Today they began increasing the release of water. Water is being released from the outlet tubes and not the emergency spillway.
Gates of the emergency spillway.
Flooding between Abilene and Enterprise.
Today was a beautiful day with no rain. Just waiting for it to dry out so I can get on the mower.
We’ve had a lot of rain over the last couple of days. The Mulberry Creek is out of her banks. I don’t know how much rain we’ve received as my cute little rain gauge froze last winter and I haven’t put the new one up yet. It’s on my “to do list” for tomorrow.
The back roads around us all look the same.
The road to the north.
The road to the south.
The blacktop into town was closed in multiple places. It’s amazing how many people go past the barricades and drive thru the flood waters.
Miles of gravel roads will need repaired.
Prayers for all who are affected by the flooding.
The storm started out as rain and then switched to blowing snow. Roads are snow packed and limited visibility due to blowing snow. Interstate 70 is closed from Salina west to the Colorado border.
The best way to watch the storm is from inside.
Of course Wylie and I can’t stay in too long.
Out of the wind it was rather pretty.
So looking forward to spring!!!
The national weather service has issued a blizzard warning for our area. 6-10″ of snow with wind gust up to 50 mph. I can’t wait!! With that forecast, Wylie and I loaded up and hit the backroads.
Smoky Hills Audubon Society Wildlife Sanctuary
One of our favorite roads to walk, but not today.
Going to keep watch on this nest. When we were at the lake we saw many eagles standing out on the ice near open water.
I always have a few “good” books on the coffee table, that I rotate occasionally. When I was putting away my Christmas decorations I chose the book “Bev Doolittle New Magic”. She is an artist who uses a technique that she refers to as camouflage technique. She “hides” images in here paintings. She is of my favorite artists as her themes are of Native Americans, animals and landscapes.
When I was out taking photos while there was still some snow on the ground and trees covered with frozen fog, I though of some of her works. I’m still trying to find hidden images in my photos.
One probably thought by the title of this post, that it was going to be a day that I was going to “do little”. I had just received word the night before that I didn’t have to report for jury duty. To celebrate – Wylie and I loaded up and went on a cold adventure.