west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/
Well, that's your Christmas pic sorted, then!
This was the image of the day for me - a decent clump of Dutch iris 'Thunderbolt' this morning in the drizzle!
Fermi de Sousa,
Central Victoria, Australia
Min: -7C, Max: +40C
Another "winter wonderland" here... and to think, I was sitting out there yesterday, basking in sunny, 16 degree C weather...
Wow, 'Thunderbolt' is gorgeous!
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm
Fermi- so many Christmas pics I can never choose...lol
Nice Iris- I do like the cleaner shape of these compared to some of the bloated beardeds..
A view from this morning- prettier today with sun on top of the snow and frost.. I always like the view of this path into the woods on the acreage, especially in winter..
A teaser from a daytrip into the mountains today-- I haven't even looked at most of the nearly 700 images,but here's one... Abraham Lake, Alberta (sorry, no idea of names of mountains!)
I like winter and snow but not too early in the fall!
At home I prefer mild weather and rain until December. This fall has been very fine though and a lot of nice weather and sun. The temperature is still about 12C in the daytime and 8 in the night.
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!
It seems our trend now (last year and this, if that constitutes a trend..lol) is for the snow to stay relatively early: last year the snow came and stayed on Oct 20, this year it was Oct 28. Some other years, it has not stayed until well into December, after a number of light snowfalls.
Lots of this snow from the other day has melted, with some days of 7 to 10C, but nights well below freezing, but far from all of it melted with days getting short, and shadows long, so many spots do not get much sun and have few hours of melting temperatures.We are forecast another 10-25cm or more over the next couple of days, so that will be lasting all winter for sure...
I'll have you all sick of seeing snow before you even get any...lol We got at least 33cm, probably more before settling, since it snowed well over 24 hours. I shovelled 2 hours last night, housemate shovelled 5 hours today, and I did another 2 hours, seems to be mostly done snowing now... We still have some paths to the woods, compost area etc that will have to be dug another day... Photos from last night, it still snowed a few inches after this...
My first semp etc bed in front of the house, with the newer rock bed behind.. the farthest mound is just snow... part of our battery of shovels...
The second rock bed, closer, you can just see Polemonium boreale at the right-- still green and flowering after it partly melted out of the first snow we had on Oct 28... doubt the plants will see sunlight for months now...
Part of the path between my house and mom's, parking to the left. left to right Arctic willow, apples, Philadelphus etc.
How about a less wintery subject? Here's Micranthes lyallii ssp. lyallii (formerly Saxifraga lyallii... hard to keep up with these name changes!) from the Katherine Lake area in Banff, about 2500m elevation:
This is another thread I think I tried to post images in the other day- but was not allowed....
Nice plants under any name, Lori.. have you grown these?