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© Karen Lynn Link, After the Blizzard: Two Trees, acrylic on canvas, 24" x 36”.

Greetings and Salutations,

As I’m writing this, I’m longing for warm sunny days. Ironically it was 60 degrees yesterday. A beautiful day that had people outside enjoying the warm weather. Birds were singing. Bunnies doing what bunnies do best, I’m sure. My husband and I even planted an onion that had sprouted with the ones that I planted last spring. Yellow crocuses were blooming alongside my hardy cyclamen. All that and more are now buried under several inches of snow.

Mother Nature returns with a vengeance

Outside my window, winter is raging with all it’s fury. The wind is roaring and the giant pine tree that I can see is bending from side to side. The snow, rather than falling gracefully and delicately to the ground, flies horizontally. Twisting and turning violently in the wind. The day is dark, dreary and cold from inside the house and an insanely dangerous mucky mess for those that dare to venture outside.

Blizzard warning

Most of eastern Colorado is under a blizzard warning and those of us on the western side of the Denver metro area missed that by only a small degree. I’m thankful that the forecast is mainly wind and not for more snow. Blizzards around here usually mean several feet of snow not the 5-10 inches that were forecast with this storm. It is very possible the storm totals will be higher based on the storm’s ferocity.

After the blizzard

I remember being out the day after a blizzard dropped three foot snow and what a surreal feeling it was. Just getting the car cleaned off and out of the driveway was a monumental feat. Then driving down Wadsworth Blvd with snow halfway up the car door that functioned as lane dividers. Crazy, just plain crazy. And of course the Colorado blue skies were back, but took weeks for all the snow to disappear.

The paintings

In 2003, I worked on a series of paintings called After the Blizzard. It was the day after a major blizzard had dumped snow along the Colorado front range and eastern plains. Husband and I went to a trail we used to hike where Highway 128 meets Highway 93. The painting above is one from that series. The day was sunny and cool but not freezing. Definitely an interesting day to be hiking and funny, we were not alone. At least five groups of hikers, and their dogs, were there, too, checking out the aftermath of Mother Nature’s fury.

Your turn

What is the weather in your neck of the woods? Warm and mild? Freezing cold and the snow sticks around till spring thaw? Or something in between? Please share your thoughts about these and more in the comments below.

Take care and have a beautiful (and warm) day,

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