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Mais où sont les neiges d’antan? But where are the snows of yesteryear? *

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Blizzard of 1947

Click to bring the past closer.

Pictures on television this morning of people in the Northeast digging out after the Blizzard of 2013 seem to call for this one showing the aftermath of the Blizzard of 1947. It’s not the only photograph ever posted here that I appear in, but it’s the first one ever from Long Island and the first one I didn’t take myself. You won’t see any native plants in this picture, but as I keep saying, variety is the species of life.


* The title of this post is the famous refrain of a ballade by the medieval French poet François Villon, with the English rendering of that refrain by Dante Gabriel Rossetti. You can read English and Old French versions of the poem, and learn more about it and its influence (even on an episode of Downton Abbey), in an informative article.

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February 9, 2013 at 10:00 AM

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Commiserating with you who are in the Northeast

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Click for as much clarity as you can expect from a snowfall.

Click for greater clarity, even in a snowfall.

There’s a blizzard in the Northeast (of the United States) now, and some of you are in the midst of it. I’ll commiserate with you by posting this picture from February 23, 2010, one of those rare days when we had snow in central Texas. It fell for only a couple of hours, and it melted after just a few more, but while it was coming down I drove from place to place in the Northwest (of Austin) and took advantage of the chance for pictures of falling snow.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

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February 9, 2013 at 12:02 AM

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