Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Midnight Snow

Yesterday afternoon, I watched the sky as dusk approached. I was hoping for a lovely sunset, given the prolific clouds. So, I took this "before" shot hoping the "after" would be spectacular. Well, the clouds kept gathering and the sunset went pfffftttt! But the late afternoon light was great to see.

It finally feels as though winter has arrived. About time--it is January, after all.

But it wasn't until the middle of the night that I could really revel in winter. Our dog is on prednisone--our vet has determined that she has a low platelet count due to Immune-mediated thrombocytopenia. The cause of this disease is unknown, the effect is that she can begin to bleed and not stop, and the treatment is sufficiently high enough doses of prednisone to get her body to stop destroying its own platelets. ANYWAY--the medication causes her to be ravenously thirsty (and hungry). So she drinks alot, and wants to eat as much as we will feed her. You guessed it--what goes in must come out. That means getting up in the middle of the night to let her out.

Last night, I climbed out of bed, put on my long down-filled coat, and took her out. Wonder of wonders, it was snowing lightly. In the dead of night, swirling snow is a wondrous sight. And, given the dark, it is not really photographable (is that a word?) but utterly beautiful. Despite the cold, I stood watching the snow for a while.

Then, of course, I went back inside with the dog. As I snuggled under the covers, warmed up a bit, I kept seeing lovely fluffy snowflakes in my mind's eye. Midnight snow!


Mary said...


What a nice image. I once described a night snowfall as, "Snow. Quiet. Sparkling around the lamp post. Sounds like tiny ice chips tickling your windows."

I hope your doggie is OK. Let us know about it.

LauraHinNJ said...

I love that feeling when it's like you're the only person awake in the whole world - and getting to see something so pretty.

Anonymous said...

You need to move north. On New Year's Eve we had about 40 cms (okay, 15 inches) of snow. Last night as I went to bed I looked out and watched the snow drifting and swirling down. It's been too warm here also, but now the cold is comng. It's minus 17 now (celsius: 2 or 3 above zero for you), and headed for a low tonight (if the forecast holds) of minus 31 (about minus 24 farenheit).

When it gets cold, really cold, the snow sparkles like diamonds on the ground. We all walk around humming "diamonds on the soles of our shoes!" And the sun comes out, incredibly bright on the snow: the slushy stuff you see in Pennsylvania can't compare! Well, there has to be a bonus to living in the extreme cold, and the beauty of our snow and sunrises/sunsets/sunshine is one of the best.

Anonymous said...

That's lovely and brought back memories of standing in my down parka in drifts of backyard snow as my pups went potty during winter nights. Doggone (in every sense) - the mixed blessings of having fur-kids. I do miss them. I was in the same boat as you with the Prednisone side-effects. May you make many more happy, snow-glittered memories with your friend.