Nature Friday ~ March 19, 2021

Happy TGIF! Today we are going to share some thoughts about Mother Nature and her incredible ability for resilience in spite of her bad self. As usual, we’re joining our weekly hosts, those adorably sweet pupsters, Rosy, Sunny, Arty and Jakey from LLB in Our Backyard. Don’t forget to click on their link to check out what they and others in Blogville have shared.

As you may recall, Mother Nature walloped the Mile High. For a recap of a major blizzard that blanketed the Ranch, click here. Over two feet of snow along with swirling drifts pounded the area but nature is nothing if not resilient. Take a look at what a couple of days of melting will expose.


Nature didn’t put a damper on St. Patrick’s Day fun for some. While others were too busy for any celebration. Note the drift in the foreground below which was a lengthy challenge to remove. Wet snow is heavy for ‘shovelers’ of all types, be they man or machines.

The Mt. Everest of driveways

But there’s no doubt the accumulation of all that snow could be hard on gardens. I wondered how the early spring bulbs might fare.


Remember those miniature daffodils I shared last week? Even being buried under 2+ ft. of heavy snow didn’t seem to damper their desire to find daylight. They were slightly bent but their fighting spirit was not be denied.


Even these tulips which normally don’t fare so well when they’ve been squashed with heavy snow, managed to rise to the occasion.


Yesterday afternoon’s walk left me utterly astounded at how buoyant Nature can be in the face of  the aftermath of a major storm.

Emerging poppy perennial

The evergreen shrub below had been completely buried just two days earlier and yet it seemed none the worse for the trouble and with our strong sunshine will straighten its branches out soon.


Although a few broken branches were spotted on a couple of evergreen trees (nothing too major though), I was struck by the sheer survival instinct Mother Nature employs. She dishes out all kinds of mayhem with one hand yet pushes plants forward with the other. It’s truly remarkable.

These past few days of temps in the upper 40’s and 50’sF will melt even more and it should be interesting to see what else emerges before the next round of spring storms hits Sunday night.

Nature Friday

So what was your experience with Nature this week? See anything that made you think realize how resilient it is?

Live, love, bark! 🐾

59 thoughts on “Nature Friday ~ March 19, 2021

  1. It is amazing, isn’t it, how spring flowers and plants rebound so quickly after a storm like that one. We are sitting here in the Sunday night storm. We already have around 6″ from it. I checked our daffy bulbs today at noon, and they haven’t stirred yet. Smart plants!

    1. Holy cow…6 more inches?! It’s snowing here too. At least there was 1 day of spring. 🤣

        1. The weekends go by so quickly, especially when you’re as behind as I am. Here’s wishing you a great wee!

  2. Ya gotta admit… Nature is tough. Then again, maybe it’s as tough as it needs to be, depending on the area! Love to see this resilience!

  3. Nature is very resilient. Love all of your pictures. I think the most surprising thing I have seen this week was a butterfly. It seems a bit early for them.

    1. Wow, a butterfly, eh? How fantastic! The only butterflies around here for a while yet will be wearing hooded parkas. 😀

  4. Nature is so resilient, and quite forgiving for the most part. Our temps in March are all over the place, windchill Sunday night was -5F, this Sunday is due to top 60F. So crazy, yet the bulb shoots are emerging, undeterred. Hope your coming storm is not too bad!

    1. This new storm shouldn’t be too bad and will likely be gone the next day anyhow. Enjoy some lovely springtime weather.

  5. Mother Nature rocks for sure. No snow here and I’m very happy about that, but it’s been cloudy, cold and wet.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend. Scritches to the pups and a smooch to Norman. ♥

    1. She rocks AND clobbers. 🤣 Hope you’re able to stay dry this weekend. 😊

    1. Officially tomorrow but we expect winter to make a few cameos for a couple of months 😉

  6. Wow, those plants are amazingly strong! We are finally supposed to get some consistently warmer weather this week – yay! Flowers can’t be too far behind our melting snow – which is still deep in some places, but we are starting to see more bare ground now.

    1. Bare ground will be most welcomed I’m sure. This winter (while pretty much mild) seems likes it’s been here forever. Have a great weekend!

    1. They’re remarkably hardy. No wonder they’re so beloved. Enjoy your weekend.

  7. That leprechaun might be the reason for all the mayhem with your weather…LOL!

    In the mid seventies, we had a foot or more of snow…*after* the tulips were blooming…and somewhere I have a picture of a brave tulip, with only the flower above the dump of coldness! I should dig it out and scan it!

    We had a wee bit of snow, some rain, and way too much wind. it brought sown a power line onto a home not too far from here, and caused the roof to burn. Thankfully no one was hurt. I will have to spend a lot of time on my weekend off work to pick up all the branch/limb debris in my yard. Benji will have a ball picking them up…and not to help me either, LOL!

    1. You know, I never thought about it but you may be right. Those little mischief makers!

      Would love to see that lone tulip. I don’t have much luck with them especially the tall ones. The slightest bit of moisture and they remain flopped over 🙄

    1. It sure does. I couldn’t help but smile at the cheerfulness of the unicorn and leprechaun. Enjoy the official arrival of spring tomorrow. 🌷

  8. The only signs of Spring here are tiny (miniscule) leaf buds on almost all the trees…..I also see the top inch or so of my dicentra – NOTHING keeps that from carrying on including snow and frost (which we have several times been forecast to get but haven’t!). Will be happy to see MORE of Spring – today we have temps of 35 accompanied with wind gusts of 35mph. Miserable would be the word! Love your photos – everything is doing well in spite of that winter blast you got.

    Hugs, Pam

    1. Cooler temps are bad enough but the addition of wind makes it miserable. Hope the front passes through quickly so spring can make a nice debut tomorrow! 🌷

    1. Thanks guys. It’s just glorious today and we’re enjoying the melting. Next comes mud, just in time for another storm. 😆

  9. we live in an area with extreme weather and changes in a day. I’ve never lived anywhere like this. Even in Edmonton Canada, it stayed cold til Spring (in May) You knew what to expect. This was the most snow in years right? More coming for us on the weekend.
    And no plowing here so people pack it down in the streets to ice so that you can’t safely cross the streets on a little walk. What’s that thing people say? well we needed the moisture? true…

    1. Yes, this storm ranks #4 or 5 (I think) in terms of pure snowfall. It was quite the weather event but with the melting that’s happened so far, it’s amazing how things are bouncing back. Have a lovely weekend and enjoy tomorrow before the next round.

  10. Yore flowerss are tryin their best to bloom an announce SPRING! Our Snowdrops are lookin purrty sad today. Sunshine butt still furry chilley…mee hopess it warmss up this weekend. Wishin youss’ a wudnerfull weekend on THE Mile High!!!
    **purrss** BellaDharma an ((huggiess)) LadyMew

    1. Thanks, BellaDharma and LadyMew. Tomorrow will be glorious and we’re hoping to get a few chores done before relaxing when the next storm hits. Happy weekend.

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