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January Thaw 2010

March 21, 2010
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Today is the first day of Spring!  Oh, happy Spring!  With the robins and red winged black birds back, I am remembering the past winter and especially January.

First "Big" Snow Storm

Every winter since I have had the horses, I have been able to ride outdoors without more than a couple of weeks break from riding.  This winter was an exception to that history.  Beginning Christmas Eve, the snow started falling and continued to fall so much that I quit counting the inches because they became feet.

Big Drift

Bigger Close Up

We received so much snow, that a road only 1.5 miles away from the pasture was closed until spring due to drifting.

First To Pass Through After The Plow

There were days that even the visibility in the city was only .25th of a mile.

In The City

January was full of interesting weather.  Snow, wind, snow, sun, snow and then….. THAW!  The roughly 10 day long January thaw created some of the most beautiful scenery that I have seen in South Dakota.

The mornings were foggy with frosty trees and foliage.  The horses were heavily dusted with frosty winter’s costume.

Picturing mountains in the fog, I could imagine that I was in Switzerland.  Oh what a fond fantasy.  The photo opportunities were endless if one was traveling before the sun melted the frost.

At the end of the beautiful thaw, the water ways became like icy wastelands.

Icy "Wasteland"

An Afternoon Nap

Afternoon Nap

Hooves were encased in teardrop icicles which made clinking sounds when the horses walked.One has to appreciate everything a horse endures and lives with without expressing any disapproval. God knew what He was doing when He created the horse!

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