Red Hat and White Trees

Yesterday while I was taking photos of the fog-frozen trees, a friend snapped my picture. Normally, I don’t like my picture taken when I’m unaware, but I can see why this image intrigued her. I probably would have done the same if our positions were reversed because the contrast between the red hat (actually, red with black polka dots) and the the white background really is stunning.

The trees remained white for several days, and in fact, the frost grew thicker each day. This is odd for the lower elevations of Colorado. Frost tends not to hang around for very long because of the heat of the sun on even the coldest days. But the sun seems to be absent for now.

It’s interesting how people remember things differently. My brother remembers the years in our youth when snow lay on the ground all winter. I remember the year when we didn’t have to wear coats on Christmas because of the heat, but had to bundle up at Easter because of the snow. Mostly, though, I don’t remember much about the weather back then; the only reason I remember the year of the sun at Christmas and the snow at Easter is because I remember telling someone that’s what I liked about Colorado — the contrary weather.

Well, I am certainly getting contrary weather this year! Colorado advertises itself as a place that gets more than 300 days of sunshine a year, but this year (or this month, anyway) it’s fooling us with one dreary day — one dreary cold day — following another.

People did warn me at the beginning of this winter that February was the coldest month. (Where Jeff and I lived on the western slope, December or January were the coldest.) And yep. Here we are! At least, I hope this is the coldest month. By this weekend, we’ll be lucky to get above zero. Brrr!

I’m still hoping by next year, I’ll be more acclimated to the winters, but for now, I’m mostly staying inside, going out only when necessary. And when I do go out, as you can see from the photo, I bundle up.


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6 Responses to “Red Hat and White Trees”

  1. Uthayanan Says:

    It is interesting the color combination with white snow with black and red. The contrast is fascinating and stunning black and white (red) photo. It is strange rare snow in Paris with -2, -3 degrees temperatures.
    First time I didn’t go for the walking because of snow and ice and my wife’s dead anniversary. I always like picture taken unaware. If you mostly stays inside please write three blogs and publish one.

  2. Judy Galyon Says:

    Don’t feel bad, I am still getting acclimated tp the heat an humidity of southern summers! I guess you feel like a popsicle by the end of Feb, Stay warm!!

  3. SheilaDeeth Says:

    What a perfect picture, and so definitely you. A perfect hat for the day!

  4. rheashowalter Says:

    You are right about the contrary weather. I had an interesting view yesterday as I watched the ice fog at a distance from my 7000 feet of elevation. I saw it going north and east – towards you! Friends in Pueblo were freezing and then had some snow today and I had sunshine and pleasant temperatures for much of the days. Usually they are warmer than I am. I was fascinated by watching those clouds hug the ground but not my ground. LOL Cold and snow are supposed to get me over the weekend though. What I love about the weather here is that even in the middle of winter I get days that are warm enough for a light jacket and have lots of sunshine. And if you do not like the scenery or the weather take a little drive, turn a corner, and you will find a change. Love the white trees in the picture.

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      We’re under a winter weather advisory for the weekend. Lots of snow and cold! Now they’re saying it won’t get above zero. Eek.

      I don’t think I’ve ever been to the part of the state where you are, though at one time I considered going there to look for a place to live.

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