You may remember that I have relatives in Alaska, where I gardened for many years before moving to Washington. My niece and I often tease each other about where we live. She'll call at midnight during the summer while working outside and say something like, "Oh I forgot, you can't see your garden because it's dark there." Or perhaps she'll tease me about the rain here. I counter with a discription of some amazing plant that ends with, "Oh, I forgot, you can't grow it there."
In Wasilla, where they moved from our home town of Skagway, for much of September they've had heavy rain, rivers at flood stage, people floating away sort of stuff. Oh and I forgot to mention the hurricane - force winds. It's been so bad that even I can't tease her. Although it's tempting to say something like, "Well at least it's still light outside so you can see the devastation." But I'm far too nice to do something like that! On September 29th, I received these pictures of her front yard with only the following words: "I used to have a sense of humor. No more." O.K. there were some other words but they might offend some readers! That's not some sort of fungus, it's not cottonwood or fireweed seeds falling on everything. Can you guess what it might be?
If you guessed that it's snow, you'd be correct. That's right, 雪 (xuě), der Schnee, la neige, snjór, snjóa, nevar, nevicar, sneeuw, ثلج yuki, lumi, ձյուն, sneeu, snö, neĝo, sníh, salju, the white menace, God's dandruff, снег, ಹಿಮವರ್ಷ,sneh, שלג
There are many things I miss about living in Alaska - Even the winter is beautiful but the growing season is so short and intense and the winters so long. USDA zone 3. Of course, there's little crime, you know your neighbors and take care of each other. Did I mention snow? In September? Snow.
Snow in September