I just found out that WordPress has an option to let bloggers have snow falling on their blogs. Though only until January 4, which seems to me a bit early for winter to end. At any rate, I thought I’d try it, which is why you see those little white dots floating down the screen. Judging from their direction, I’d say the wind is Easterly.
Actually, I’m a bit disappointed with WordPress’ snow. When I was a child growing up in Vermont, I loved to go out in gentle snowstorms, look up, and imagine climbing from one snowflake to the next up to the clouds. Having stared at so many snowflakes, it was no surprise when I learned that every snowflake is different.
The discovery about snowflakes was made by Wilson”Snowflake” Bentley — another Vermonter, I’m proud to say. Check out the excellent web page on him put up by the Historical Society of Jericho, Vermont, Bentley’s home town. http://snowflakebentley.com/ Under Resources you’ll find a link to a site about the wonderful children’s book on Bentley, which won the 1999 Caldecott Award for yet another Vermonter, illustrator Mary Azarian. http://www.jacquelinebriggsmartin.com/books/snowflak.html. (That page has much nicer snowflakes than the ones here.
The snow in the picture below is definitely the real thing. I know, because I’m the younger blond sister in the shot.