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Two mounds of snow in Great Hills Park on February 16th

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The top mound was surrounded partly, and the bottom one fully,
by ice that had formed when water in the park’s main creek froze.

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

February 22, 2021 at 4:41 AM

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  1. Those two light patches in the second mound look to me like eyes, above a slightly down-turned mouth (the darker curve just below the ‘eye’ on the right.) It gives the mound a slightly wistful look, as though it were wishing it was as perfectly formed as the one in the first image.

    shoreacres

    February 22, 2021 at 7:54 AM

    • So you faced up to your inner pareidolia. Speaking of wishing: a while ago I looked out the window at a now-completely-bereft-of-snow-and-ice Austin, and in spite of the ordeal we’d gone through, I was sorry to see the white gone so soon. Such a white wonderland isn’t likely to come my way ever again, at least not here.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 22, 2021 at 8:00 AM

    • By the way, I don’t know what made the two “eyes” in the second mound. It might have been drops of water or bits of ice falling from the trees above. A few smaller depressions appear atop the mound in the first picture.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 22, 2021 at 8:04 AM

  2. What an interesting phenomenon. It looks as though someone took a clump of snow and just dropped it on top.

    Birder's Journey

    February 22, 2021 at 8:22 AM

    • Yes, it does have that look, and yet the accumulation was natural. The first one seems so like a bell.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 22, 2021 at 8:44 AM

  3. The snow mound looks like a snow covered flying saucer. 🙂

    Lavinia Ross

    February 22, 2021 at 1:00 PM

    • That’s a good one. It does look flying-saucer-y. It never took off while I was within sight of it.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 22, 2021 at 1:08 PM

  4. In our neighborhood, someone built an igloo! It was so cute. Love your shots, but I think I once saw something on Star Trek that looked like your snow blobs!

    Tina

    February 22, 2021 at 3:42 PM

    • Now, if you thought you’d seen me on Star Trek, that would really have been something.

      An igloo seems appropriate, given the dominant iciness of the frozen precipitation. After the January 10th snowfall a bunch of families on my street made snowmen; in contrast, this past week I didn’t see anyone here build anything.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 22, 2021 at 4:14 PM

  5. The first looks like a flying saucer. Ha! I see Lavinia saw the same thing.

    Steve Gingold

    February 22, 2021 at 6:09 PM

  6. As you have previously mentioned, it’s not often that you get to revel in snow in Austin!

    tanjabrittonwriter

    February 24, 2021 at 4:16 PM

    • And revel I did. I kept so busy that I didn’t even feel cold.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 24, 2021 at 4:18 PM

      • That’s better than having suffered frostbite or hypothermia!

        tanjabrittonwriter

        February 24, 2021 at 5:35 PM

        • Definitely. I was well prepared, including triple socks inside my rubber boots, four layers of clothing on my upper body, gloves, and a padded hood.

          Steve Schwartzman

          February 24, 2021 at 6:00 PM

          • Well done, Steve. 🙂

            tanjabrittonwriter

            February 24, 2021 at 6:10 PM

            • Ein guter Mensch, in seinem dunklen Drange,
              Ist sich des rechten Weges wohl bewusst.
              — Goethe; Faust, Part I.

              Steve Schwartzman

              February 25, 2021 at 7:53 AM

              • One wonders if he had winter preparedness in mind, but the words are applicable to many different situations… 🙂

                tanjabrittonwriter

                February 25, 2021 at 12:16 PM

                • I doubt Goethe had severe winter weather in mind here, but when I came across the lines they seemed to fit the situation.

                  Steve Schwartzman

                  February 25, 2021 at 12:56 PM


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