The osprey come back in the first 8 or so days of April. I love seeing them arrive and start fussing with their hodgepodge of a log home. The couple always arrives one or two days apart.
No snow lasts for long. Even blizzards in April melt quickly even when they are deep. A good snow in April even helps the mountainous snowbanks in the shopping malls melt more quickly.
The snowbanks now are coated in black, gray and brown dirt scooped up and plunged into the snow as the snowplow shoves it to the side of the parking lots. They look like scoops of ice cream with sprinkles. Or chocolate chip ice cream...or maybe vanilla ice cream with chocolate cookie crumbs in it. Kind of.
These snowbanks don't melt well in the sun for some reason. You would think they would, for as they melt the dark dirt gets more concentrated on the surface of the snow, and dark draws the sun's heat. But it doesn't seem to. Those snowbanks last and last and last.
You can almost count the storms by reading their layers...
I need to make a deposit
said the snowplow in the street
and promptly scooped the snow up
and dumped it at my feet.
By Donna JT Smith