Monthly Archives: March 2013

My Frosty Walk

This morning I dropped BOTH girls off at the Kindergarten and took a walk around the village by MYSELF.  I have lived here for over a year and I’m not sure I have really taken a walk by myself before.  At least, not a walk for pleasure.

It was a sunny day with blue skies.  The wind picked up a tiny bit later in the day, but the morning was mostly calm.  It got all the way up to 51F / 11C today.  That is pure bliss compared to the upper 20’s we’ve been having for weeks now.  The blue skies were the best part.

At 9:20am, when I left the Kindergarten, it was starting to warm up, but the mud was still mostly all frozen.  Frozen solid mud with frost on it is a new sight for this desert kid.  I very much enjoyed being able to stop and take photos and videos during my walk without at least one small human bothering me.  Usually I meet at least 1 other person walking along the path, but today I didn’t, which was nice so I didn’t feel the need to explain why I was taking photos of frozen puddles, frosted grass and leaves, and videoing the bubbling brook that runs through our village.

Here’s what I saw.

puddle_frozen-20130304Look how the puddles froze.  I’m not sure I’ve seen puddles freeze like this before.  #desertkid

puddle_closeup3-20130304Frost on the crystals.

puddle_closeup2-20130304puddle_closeup1-20130304What are the proper conditions to make water freeze in this kind of structure?

frosty_leaf-20130304Frosty leaf with frozen mud.  Much harder of a surface to walk on frozen mud, but much cleaner.


frosty_snowcloseup-20130304The snow has frosty crystals on it, too!

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thing that makes my heart smile

Listening to the soft snores and deep breathing of babies and toddlers sleeping peacefully.