Photos of the Week: Cold and Warm

Icicles lean inward, deformed by the wind, 18 December 2020 (photo by Kate St. John)

27 December 2020, Pittsburgh

Nestled between two bouts of winter on Dec 16 and 25 the snow melted and the birds fed frantically before snow and bitter cold returned.

The melting began right after heavy snow stopped on Dec 17. The wind that day was so steady that dripping icicles leaned away from it. Then the wind dropped and new icicles formed straight down. (photo above)

While the deep snow lasted I found many tracks in Schenley Park including evidence of humans and …

Evidence of humans in the snow, Schenley Park, 19 December 2020 (photo by Kate St. John)

… evidence of white-tailed deer, below. With the rut still in progress it looks as if the deer are leaving “calling cards” on the snow. (Can you tell me more about this brownish (maybe) urine? I found it in several locations.)

Evidence of deer, footprints and dark urine, Schenley Park, 19 Dec 2020 (photo by Kate St. John)

On 22 December the snow was mostly gone when I found a pumpkin graveyard on Aloe Street in Bloomfield.

Pumpkin graveyard, Aloe St. Bloomfield, 22 Dec 2020 (photo by Kate St. John)

The next day’s “red sky at morn” presaged Christmas Eve’s all-day rain.

Red skies forewarn a winter storm, 23 December 2020 (photo by Kate St. John)

On 24 December cherry trees started to bloom on Craig Street. It was 57oF.

Cherry trees start to bloom in Oakland, 57 degrees F and rain on 24 Dec 2020 (photo by Kate St. John)

And then it turned cold.

A white Christmas, overcast sky, 25 Dec 2020 (photo by Kate St. John)

(photos by Kate St. John)

1 thought on “Photos of the Week: Cold and Warm

  1. It was 33 degrees last night when I went to bed. (about 20 min. from Tampa) We have been in the 50’s daytime and colder at night since Christmas Eve.
    I didn’t like seeing those cherry trees blooming.

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