Though I’ve been stuck at home as a result of the snow, I have been enjoying it immensely. Once it stopped snowing yesterday afternoon, after having snowed nonstop since the day before (about 32 hours nonstop), there was about a foot and a half of snow on the ground. For the sake of perspective, consider this: Albuquerque, for the last few years, has averaged less than ten inches of snow per year.

It was fun to watch the snow falling, and to see everything get covered in white. I love looking out on the snow. That sense of peace, and quiet, as snow blankets everything in sight is very calming. Not so calming, however, is the prospect of driving. Mostly, I refer to driving in the snow here, not somewhere else. It snows little enough here that people tend to go crazy on the roads. No one knows what to do! It’s bedlam. I’ve been keeping my eye out for snow plows, but have not seen hide nor hair of any. This might seem odd, but honestly, this happens so infrequently that there probably aren’t many here. But I digress.

Yesterday, I ventured outdoors to survey everything, and wound up playing in the snow. I waded through snow that nearly reached my knees, which was, to say the least, really, really fun. I romped through the snow enjoying making tracks through the flawless powder. I managed to snap a few pictures with my camera phone, and this time they’re not fuzzy. I hope you like them.

Remember this tree?

Large Pine

Well, this is what it looked like a day later (and much less fuzzy):

Really Really Snowy Tree

Here’s a view from above:

view from above

And check out my car. That’s how much snow was on it after having cleaned it off three times. There’s a reason I stayed home all day.

car roof snow

snow car

But I didn’t just walk around and stare at everything. I got creative and made a snow alien.

Snow Alien!

Snow Alien II

He blends in pretty well, so I outlined his form to make it easier to see him.

Snow Alien outline

I even got a picture of me and the alien together.

Phil and Alien

And finally, per my friend David’s request, I tried (unsuccessfully, mind you) to catch a snowflake on my tongue.

Phil Catching Snowflakes

Phil attacks snow!