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Pictures for Pam, Day 117: Snow Flakes

Pictures for Pam, Day 117: Snow Flakes
(+2 insets!)

Today I woke up to more rain and dreary weather but I didn't care! Steve and I are so excited about our new RV that no amount of cold and rain can ruin our moods. :)

Pumpkin and I hopped into the shower where we whistled and sang to each other as she watched me from her perch. When we got out, I held her up to my face--touching my lips to her beak--closed my eyes and whistled softly to her. She whistled right back and I could feel tiny puffs of her warm sweet breath as she sang to me. My heart threatens to burst with the love I feel for that darling, amazing little girl. How lucky we are to have her in our lives!

As I've been commenting on pictures over the past week, I keep running into images of Pam's favorite flower, Snow Drops! Every time I see them, I am reminded of our trip down to San Anselmo back at the beginning of the year. While I was wandering around Nathalie's property I noticed a small, white, spike of flowers that was growing low to the ground. The second I got close enough I recognized them! SNOW DROPS! I'd never seen these in person before so you can imagine how excited I was. However, there was something not quite right about that flower...it didn't look exactly like the Snow Drops I'd seen before. I would need to investigate.

I'd planned to process the pretty little white flower image right away. However, you know how things go sometimes. I got distracted by other pictures and time passed. Today though, I was bound and determined...and huzzah, it's now my picture of the day!!

Before posting, I wanted to make sure this flower was named correctly...and after comparing mine to a Snow Drop, I could see that it definitely wasn't one. Diminutive, white, green spots, but this little flower is a Snow FLAKE, not a Snow DROP. I found a nice page that showed and explained the difference.

I am also including two more pictures from San Anselmo as insets. One of them shows some pretty Alyssum flowers that were growing on Nathalie's back patio (Do you see the little ant visitor?!). The other one was from our first hike and shows the remnants of a kind of wild grass called "Rattlesnake Grass." The seed casings on this grass actually SOUND like a rattlesnake if you shake the stems of several of them!

Well Pam, I’m still hoping to find a real Snow Drop for you but I hope that this Snow Flake will make you happy too! I looked on your page for a picture of one of yours and found this little beauty to appreciate. They are so lovely. I hope that you are having a good day! Many hugs from southern Oregon!

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48 comments - The latest ones
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Exquisite series!

Admired in:
19 months ago.
 Colette NoËl
Colette NoËl club
Delicacy !
19 months ago.
 Helena Ferreira
Helena Ferreira club
Stunning macro!
19 months ago.
uwschu club
Sehr schön, mit den Schneeglöckchen meldet sich der Frühling zurück, auf den ich schon sehnlichst warte.
Schönen Tag für Dich
19 months ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club

19 months ago.
Chrissy club
Die sind einfach traumhaft! Vor allem mit dem schönen rosa Hintergrund ♥♥♥
19 months ago.
 Eunice Perkins
Eunice Perkins club
Three excellent pictures!
19 months ago.
 Claudia G
Claudia G club
J'aime ces fleurs, elles sont superbes dans ce bokeh !
19 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Such a beautiful little flowers; they bring a little bit of 'sunshine' in a rainy day.
19 months ago.
Gudrun club
All three are gorgeous, you have chosen a wonderful background bokeh to set off the blooms!
19 months ago.
 John Cass
John Cass club
Beautiful image, wonderful PiP's.
19 months ago.
 Thorsten (T.S-B.)
Thorsten (T.S-B.) club
The Pips are really great!
19 months ago.
Annemarie club
Esordio beautiful all
19 months ago.
Boro club
19 months ago.
 Jocelyne Villoing
Jocelyne Villoing club
Vraiment extra... un accord superbement harmonieux !****************
19 months ago.
Zulma club
un regalo de las diosas!! What a gift this early am. Thank you. I will revisit to see those PIP's my friend. I am so hungry for sun and flowers Janet, I am obsessed about it. Today we are at 9ºF, with a white dust all over as of now. Hugs!!
19 months ago.
 Noisette du 11
Noisette du 11 club
They're wonderful !
19 months ago.
neira-Dan club
3 photos délicieuses
19 months ago.
 * ઇઉ *
* ઇઉ * club
Lovely play with depth of field and a very beautiful picture series, Janet!
19 months ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ club
Wow, Janet, I have learned something today, thank you.
I thought your flowers looked unusual with the tiny green spots. I thought to myself...I have never seen snowdrops like that before. And now I know......Snowflakes :-)) Beautiful.
19 months ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
Simply beautiful, Janet !
19 months ago.
 Cämmerer zu Nau
Cämmerer zu Nau club
Janet, - eine meisterhafte Ablichtung dieses Märzenbechers. KLASSE.
19 months ago.
Betty【ツ】 club
Snow flake or snow drop, they are so beautiful ! I like the delicate second pip too...
19 months ago.
 Hello Sunshine !
Hello Sunshine !
Very special, thank you for sharing.
19 months ago.
niraK68 club
So beautiful
19 months ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
Absolutely stunning little flowers..............and you've captured these perfectly Janet. The background especially is just sublime!

The PiP of the Alyssum is really beautiful, especially the out-of-focus background!

The PiP of the Rattlesnake Grass is just WOW! Spot on focus and depth of field. Such delicate beauty..!!
19 months ago.
cammino club
Beautiful! These snow flakes can be found wild in nature reserves in our region and I am always happy when I discover them.
19 months ago.
RHH club
Gorgeous photos, Janet, and thanks for the information about Snowdrops and Snowflakes. I never realized there was difference, though they are in fact very different. Hard to choose a winner from the three, but I think the Snowflakes are my choice.

The snowshoe trek was amazing. Both of us mentioned the quiet - there wasn't a sound and the beauty of the mountains in winter is overwhelming. We were quite tired when we got back down, though, and were happy to sit with an espresso for a while.

Yesterday was strange - started out warm and sunny and end cold and snowing. We have an inch or so on the ground now, rather a disappointment after the spring-like weather we had when we first arrived this side of the mountains.

We found a few Grass Widows that were blooming and some Spring Gold, both among the earliest wildflowers to bloom, but they were just starting. Also found some Mahonia in bloom but no Fairy Slippers. They're a month away from blooming, I'd guess.

We did see and photograph a Red-tailed Hawk and a small flock of Snow Geese near Lynden, but when we looked for the geese in the Skagit Valley where they winter in huge flocks we couldn't find them. Alas.

Spring is very late here, as on our side of the mountains. I would think that we are at least three to four weeks late, which may mean we miss the Fairy Slippers. We have to travel to Michigan in April for a wedding (I'd rather see the Fairy Slippers).

All the best with the new RV. I'm nearly as excited as you guys are.
19 months ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
three gorgeous pictures!
19 months ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
Oh thanks Janet for showing me this gorgeous little flower that I've never seen or probably not noticed, that I might have mistaken for a snowdrop with extra bits of green. A snow flake - never heard of them - they are really cute.

As for the white flowers - great picture - very similar to a bush I have here, but yet different (if you know what I mean!) I've not heard of a Rattlesnake Grass neither - there again you do have different flowers over the pond!!

I'm so pleased for you and Steve being so excited about the new addition to the family which is going to take you both to wonderful places and we here are going to be blessed with seeing your amazing photos.
19 months ago.
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
Superbe photo avec notes. Nicole.
19 months ago.
Naturist club
Schneeglöckchen sehe ich gerne...
19 months ago.
Cämmerer zu Nau club has replied to Naturist club
Sind aber keine!!!
19 months ago.
Naturist club has replied to Cämmerer zu Nau club
Aber so ähnlich :-))
19 months ago.
Ecobird club
Three lovely images Janet, and you have educated me - I didn't realise there were flowers called snowflakes, - thought these were snowdrops. Perfectly delicate and beautiful and I am sure Pam will love them as much as I do.
19 months ago.
 Dave Roberts 2014
Dave Roberts 2014
Very beautiful flowers Janet, nice composition and background colour, the insets a great too! The snowdrops here have disappeared now.
19 months ago.
 Meral Alkim
Meral Alkim
19 months ago.
FarbFormFreude club
lovely Colours and background
19 months ago.
 Nora Caracci
Nora Caracci club
delicate beauty ! the last one in note is sublime !
19 months ago.
Ruesterstaude club
Wieder so schöne Makros, Janet! Die Blumen im Hauptbild heißen bei uns „Märzenbecher“
Dir ein schönes Wochenende!
19 months ago. Edited 19 months ago.
Kawasirius club
Magnifique !
19 months ago.
 Dean Morley (on and off)
Dean Morley (on and… club
A lovely main image, Janet. Although someone else may have already said, I think this is actually a Spring Snowflake (Leucojum vernum).
19 months ago.
 Susanne Hoy
Susanne Hoy club
It's a beautiful series. I love all three pictures. The blossoms look wonderful against the softly blurred bokeh.
19 months ago.
 Trudy Tuinstra
Trudy Tuinstra club
19 months ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
It's very much the snowdrop season here Janet. Well it's nearly over now but they are such pretty little flowers and look so beautiful in your picture. I also like the PiP's very much. It has been quite windy here over the past few days but the daffodils are hanging in there....unlike my front porch mat that has disappeared....probably in a neighbour's garden!!
19 months ago.
ROL/Photo club
Excellent and++
19 months ago.
 roeli bindels
roeli bindels
such lovely flowers......
19 months ago.
 klaus 040
klaus 040 club
Wonderful composed, Janet. Thanks for the story above too. Here in northern Germany they com out in the end of February -> at the beginning of March. Therfore their name here is "Märzenbecher" (March-cups). I have some snowdrops for you ( and for Pam):

Snowdrops in the evening light
19 months ago. Edited 19 months ago.

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