Saturday, May 20, 2017

A Final Convulsion of Winter into Spring

I realize it’s long since been spring in the rest of the Northern Hemisphere, but here towards the middle of the San Luis Valley at 7,600 feet (2,316m)—as with most of Colorado—the seasons run a little different. A “spring storm” means any given snowstorm between March and Memorial Day (last Monday in May for my non-USA readers), characterized by being heavy and wet. Colorado Springs, at 6,000 (1,828m) feet on the sunrise side of the Front Range, got hit with a good one this week. Here, it just got a little chilly, with a hint of rain.
Newly budded aspens and Lombardy poplars.

As newcomers a couple of months out from completing our first full year in the SLV, my wife and I are relieved this winter was so mild. Our last really gnarly snowstorm was on 5 April. Since then, it’s been mostly rain. Anything to help grow the potatoes and barley, and maintain the river we drink and wash from.

These photos are from Tuesday evening, 9 May. It looks a lot more dramatic than it all turned out. 

After this weekend, our temperatures trend upwards. After next weekend, it’ll be until October before we’re feeling chilly, maybe November before we’re chilly enough to fire up the wood pellet stove again. 

Little by little, this place is feeling more like home.