If they were to return and see their home at the moment! Yet another spring storm bringing "April Showers". Yet another foot of snow. Yet another snow day from school in April. Record snowfall for any month 43.5" at Rapid City Regional Airport. It is supposed to be 74 on Saturday.
One of my kids at school told me today that Mother Nature seems to be bi-polar and should be on medication!
If you are lucky enough to survive a collision with something manmade, sometimes you have a new life experience, if you are a bird. This little screech owl is the newest member of the Black Hills Raptor Center's (www.blackhillsraptorcenter.org/) education team. She has detached retinas in both eyes, so she can not be released back in to the wild. The Earth Day celebration was her first real experience with lots of human admirers. This is her daytime "camouflage pose", feathers pulled in and sitting very upright to blend in to her environment. What a gorgeous little creature.
One down, one in the works and foiled on the third. I have to put fencing around trees, shrubs and everything vaguely appealing to deer. I do not have the problem that our local city parks crew is dealing with lately at Canyon Lake Park.
April showers are supposed to bring May flowers, except when the showers blanket the ground with white stuff. Relief is at hand, my miniature rose is blooming on the kitchen windowsill. Thank you, Ma Nature for remembering that spring is supposed to be here!
In the backyard this morning, she excavated a nest and was quietly chewing her breakfast. Lots of digging (see snow plastered up tree trunk behind her). She settled in while WatchSchnauzer was on his chain taking care of morning duties. She cared not.
Well, the real ones would feel right at home here today! 21F, still snowing, officially at Regional Airport (which is closed) measure of 25" of snow. Moisture most welcome, cancelled flights, and blocked roads not so much.
Today, Winter Storm Walda (Who comes up with these names? Do you know anyone named Walda?) has blasted in on us! School is already called off for tomorrow ... Snow Day. Umbrella will be replaced by shovel or snow blower by morning!