We have had some exceptionally warm weather lately, but living in Calgary, I know that doesn’t mean that winter is over. Regardless of the false sense of security that this weather brings, I look forward to the real arrival of spring. The temperature in southern Alberta never stays cold for too long during the winter. A wind blowing over the Rocky Mountains, known as a Chinook, brings warm coastal air that melts the snow and raises the temperature drastically. It is a welcome relief, but the resulting melt makes for a big muddy mess on the roads. Our cars are dirty for most of the winter, with huge line-ups at the car washes during the Chinooks. The mud splashes everywhere and all our landscape is a dull brown color. I look forward to the fresh green of spring, and the flowers that follow. I drove past this beautiful tree loaded with blossoms last spring and had to stop to take a few photos. Can you feel the freshness?
Another thing I look forward to after our dreary winter is the planting of the flower pots in my yard. They look a bit skimpy when they are first planted, but it doesn’t take long before the sunshine and warm weather help them flourish.
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