Snow in October?

Snow in October?

Iowa City : IA : USA | Oct 10, 2009 at 8:45 AM PDT
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Squirrel Running Down Trunk

This has been the most unusual year in good ole Iowa. The spring was unusually warm, the summer was atypically cool, and this morning, October 10, 2009, it is snowing!

All right, if you live in Montana or Colorado or Wyoming (i.e., places with Rocky Mountains) you are saying, "yeah, so?" but in Iowa, the first snow usually happens on October 31 (yes, Halloween). How do I know this? Because in the number of years I have lived here, that is true. Sure we have the occasional nice, warm weather, but that is not the norm.

Looking through photos of my childhood, I have many more pictures of Halloween costumers OVER winter gear, UNDER winter gear, and remember freezing my rear end off as I went house to house begging for candy.

So, how do I look for goodness on this Saturday morning amidst flurries of snow? I was writing my weekly article about last night's football game, gazing out my window in the family room. There is a tree immediately outside and a squirrel posed on a nub of the tree. Grabbing my camera, I carefully moved to the window hoping the squirrel would not move. It sat there for a short time, seemingly attempting to shield itself from the elements.

I took a few photos and then the squirrel scurried down the trunk, ran toward the house, stopped and returned to the previous perch above the ground. It was as if the squirrel was willing to continue the photo shoot.

Even though snow is not my favorite weather phenomenon, I will continue to enjoy and savor the beauty that surrounds...and the shenanigans nature.

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Squirrel Posing in the Tree
Squirrel Photo Shoot, Alexandra Ames 10/10/2009
alexandraames is based in Iowa City, Iowa, United States of America, and is a Stringer on Allvoices.
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