It’s snowing!

Not really; it’s been in the upper 80’s (F) all week. But the ornamental pear trees that line the street  look a lot like they did a couple weeks ago (minus the tiny green leaves), when each branch was weighed down with a tiny mound of snow.

Each time a bird alights in or takes off from a tree, there’s a little shower of white petals. Last evening I heard small voices giggling and shrieking, “It’s snowing!” Down the street, two children were tossing twigs into the trees and dancing around in the resulting cascade.

For a few magical days, snowy white petals will swirl on the breezes and form car-blown drifts in the street. Despite the ridiculous heat, it really is only spring.


6 responses to “It’s snowing!

  1. Yes it is for a few magical days, but the smell is terrible. Then comes all the small fruit that the birds eat and poop on the cars and then the fruit falls on the sidewalk and sticks to your shoes for weeks. Then there are the leaves to rake up. Is the benefit really worth the cost?

    • Jennifer Barricklow

      Unfortunately, the magical isn’t always particularly interested in reality. ;-D

      Since we’re stuck with the sucky part of living with the durned trees, I figure we might as well wallow in whatever magic we can find. 🙂

  2. Jennifer, do you remember the stinky ginko tree in front of Owen Hall on the IU campus? Now that was smelly! And dangerous! Those smashed fruits were so slick! I haven’t walked by there since grad school. Wonder if it’s still there…Are the pears as obnoxious as that?

    • Jennifer Barricklow

      I do remember that stinky ginko — I’d never seen a female ginko before, and it was soon evident why. Yuck! The pears aren’t nearly that bad; they’re only marble-sized and hard as rock until the first frost. They aren’t stinky and slippery, but they turn to mush and stick to the bottom of your shoes. You track this nasty, squishy brown stuff that looks like poo everywhere you go. It’s quite annoying. Since the neighborhood association changed the street trees we’re allowed to grow, people on our street have been cutting down the ornamental pears and replacing them with the alternative trees, none of which are fruit-bearing. Hmmm…

  3. How delightful! Blossoms that look like snow. This is as close as I want to get to snow. Yet, new fallen snow is awesome. I miss seeing snow, but I don’t miss experiencing the cold. Blessings to you, Jennifer…

    • In your travels, you could drive up into the mountains for a little snow viewing now and then without having to live with it. We did that once in Colorado, where it was 75 degrees and sunny down in Durango but snowing when we got up to Silverton. We had to buy jackets because the return train didn’t depart for a couple of hours, and it was chilly! I’m looking forward to hearing about your adventures on the road…blessings to you as well! 🙂

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