Sunday, December 23, 2012

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We arrived in Mount Shasta last night to spend Christmas at my in-laws. We took advantage of a break between potent snow storms and made it just in time before the next storm arrived in the evening.

The previous set of storms had already dumped a couple of feet of snow, turning the town into a winter wonderland. This is what my in-laws’ backyard looked like just before the next storm arrived.

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At 8pm on Saturday it started to snow…

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…and it continued all night. In fact, it is still snowing, albeit lightly, as I’m writing this at 12:30pm on Sunday.

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Try to find the neighbors’ house in the next photo. It’s all but disappeared in the jungle of snow-covered trees.

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The branches of the tree our van is parked under are so laden down with snow that they’re touching the roof of the car. Fortunately, we have no need to go anywhere in the next few days!

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At Thanksgiving I posted an update about my in-laws’ bamboos. Now they are flat against the ground from the weight of the snow.

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Snow bamboo (Phyllostachys angusta)

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Snow bamboo (Phyllostachys angusta)

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From left to right: Phyllostachys nigra, Phyllostachys bambusoides, Phyllostachys vivax ‘Aureocaulis’, Chusquea gigantea

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Phyllostachys nigra ‘Henon’

13 comments:

  1. Guess your in-laws don't do much winter gardening? The photo of the figure with the snow blower is great.

    Merry Christmas!

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    1. Winter gardening, that made me laugh :-).

      The good thing is that it's not very cold, high 20s at night, so it's easy to enjoy all the snow without getting frostbitten.

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  2. Beautiful to look at but I'm glad we don't get snow very often! Merry Christmas!

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    1. Me too! The last "snow" we had in Davis was in 2002, and none of it stuck. But I do love looking out at a snow-covered landscape.

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  3. That pretty much looks like my worst nightmare, glad you sound like you're enjoying it! Merry Christmas Gerhard!

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    1. I'm loving it. But then, I don't have to live with the snow. I get to go home in a few days.

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  4. I'm glad we don't (usually) get that much snow but that looks picture perfect for Christmas :) Merry Christmas to you and your family! Have a wonderful time!!

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    1. Picture perfect indeed! And since we haven't gotten around to sending our Christmas cards yet, we might as well take a family portrait in the snow.

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  5. What fun! Hope you'll be building snowmen, forts, etc.

    Love the photo of the barn (?) at night!

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    1. I'm sure the kids will. It's bright and sunny today.

      The barn is my father-in-law's workshop plus there's lots of room for storage.

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  6. This is so beautiful Gerhard. You are lucky to just have to enjoy the snow then go home and not have to deal with it. Have a Wonderful Holidays with your family.

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    1. That's the only way I ever want to experience snow. I don't want the snow to come to where I live :-).

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  7. What a beautiful winter wonderland. It must be cold though. Your girls must be having a lot of fun. Merry Christmas to you all and thanks for showing us your white Christmas!

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