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Sun this morning still, although the clouds have already begun to move in on all sides, dimming its brilliance to a soft glow. There is otherwise no sign yet of the rain predicted for this day, but the forecast continues to intensify, with projections for a measurable fall tonight. At the moment, the meadowlark sings, […]

The mercury insists that the day is warm, but you wouldn’t know it: The wind is hard, harsh, both incisive and erosive, whipping up small flurries of dust even as it slices through sleeves and skin. We should be grateful for it, I suppose — it is, after all, what will bring the rain predicted […]

Night before last, as I was wrapping up outside chores for the evening, I went in search of our youngest dog — a lean and agile hound, whippet-fast and whip-smart, and when faced with a new or interesting scent, off like a shot with no hope of catching her. She had doubled back without me […]

In a year such as this, when we have been blessed with close to our historically usual levels of precipitation, when the earth is green and the wildflowers blooming early, it’s easy to forget that this is the desert. I exaggerate a bit, of course. For those of us who live by the patterns of […]

At long last, we have a perfectly clear day, the early bands of low-lying clouds having burned off to reveal turquoise skies. Even so, it still feels wintry, despite the mercury’s inexorable climb; the winds are fierce, and unwilling to surrender their cold edge, sharp as any scalpel. Still, it’s nice to think that warmer […]

I awakened this morning to a bisected sky: pale orange to the east; iron gray in the west. The day’s forecast snow seemed likely, given the clouds cover, but it has nonexistent — not so much as a solitary flake has fallen from the sky. It’s far too warm for water the crystallize, although the […]

There’s nothing quite so beautiful as pure, clear water. I had the thought this morning as I was watching the water roil into the dog’s water dish, the sunlight catching its cascading ripples and miniature waves. Even the plastic behind and beneath it couldn’t diminish its perfectly beautiful clarity in natural light. We know, at […]

We live now in the in-between weeks, the days when seasons and weather contest for space and place. Today is nominally sunny; nominally warm, too. In reality, the sun spends at least as much time behind a pale gray veil as it does out in the open, and the “warm” air is rent by the […]

At long last, we have a day of full turquoise skies. It seems as though it’s been a long time coming, this feeling of full spring, although in truth it has only been a matter of days since the last warm spell. But the further calendric winter recedes from view, the longer and more invasive […]

There is a little golden light outside the window this morning. It’s cold — very cold, the actual temperature still below freezing and the wind chill much lower yet — and we sit in the embrace of low gray clouds on all sides. But the sun has now gained the ridgeline, and every now and […]

Yesterday began in near-distance flurries and ended in gale-force winds up close and personal. There were flurries then, too, a veil of small falling flakes like a shower of diamonds in the light of the setting sun. Today has dawned bright, sunny, and still, the world frozen to a crisp in a surface rime of […]

Today’s featured throwback work does not throw us back so very far at all — only to last September or so, summer’s end, when our world was facing the prospect of colder winds. We have had such colder winds again today, despite the fact that summer itself is not only just over two months away. […]

After a warm still start to the morning, it has fast become a blustery day worthy of A. A. Milne. These are the trickster winds of spring that we were promised, and they have grown to full gale force over the course of the morning — bringing no more than a few scattered raindrops thus […]

The winds of caprice rule our world now. Seventies in recent days, and again today — shorts and sandals weather, with sleeves far too warm for comfort. But today will shape up to be a day of gale-force winds, ushering in the rain and then snow promised for tomorrow. The skies are already concealing their […]

Just over a week ago — possibly April first, which would be fitting — I could’ve sworn I heard our first hummingbird. It’s far too early for them yet; they are birds of warmer winds, and seventy-plus-degree highs notwithstanding, this wind is still capable of cutting t0 the bone. Such tiny spirits need the long […]

Today is beautiful: sky a warm clear blue, air rocking gently in the slightest of breezes. This is spring here at its best, all soft edges and softer light. We have had precious few of these so far, and we shall not have many more for some time yet; already the forecast predicts the more […]

Spring this year feels much more like spring in the lands of my own home: a mix of pale yellow sun and patchy blue, overlaid with low-hanging gray. Even the air has a richer, slightly more damp feel to it than is usual for this time of year here, a season more likely to seared […]

Much as I love the storm, even I am glad to see the sun today, if only for the warmth. Now that April is here, even I have had enough of winter, although I know that there will be more of it to come before the cold is through with us. Yesterday, the storm hovered […]

Warmer today, but the weather is already changing. The forecast predicts rain for tomorrow — the cold variety, more a part of winter than summer. Spring at Red Willow is truly a threshold season, world and weather alike dancing hesitantly along either side of it for months before committing, finally, to genuine warmth. Still, the […]

If spring is a sign of warming trends, today the weather makes a fool of us all. Whatever the disputed origins of “April Fool’s Day” — and it seems to be hotly disputed among European sources, ranging from variant markings of the new year to an obscure Chaucer reference to a throwback to Noah’s first […]

In the way of this place, spring finally arrived with the dawn this morning: on the song of the meadowlark . . . and the soft drift of a late snow. Yes, spring, and it’s been snowing since the invisible sunrise, the whole sky wrapped in a dove-gray blanket. It’s lightened now, and whitened, although […]

So much for institutional meteorology. After days of insisting that we would have rain today, the morning’s forecast is as clear as the skies. At the moment, the only cloud cover consists of the rounded white cumulus tops barely visible over the southern ridgeline. The rest of the heavens are a blue expanse, skies not […]

In its earliest days, spring here is often short-lived. The weekend forecast is marked by a bright orange banner across the top, with the words “winter storm watch” trailing across in all capitals. It’s expected to begin with rain tomorrow, turning to snow tomorrow night, and with snow continuing through Sunday — as much as […]

Today’s featured throwback doesn’t go back very far, actually; a mere five months, virtually to the day. It was a piece specially commissioned by a dear friend, part of a small series of hair cuffs that she had asked Wings to make for her to add to her personal collection. Although it had been commissioned […]

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