Very OT: a spectacle of snowflakes

I opened the back door to see what was happening in my back yard. Something tripped the passive infrared sensor triggered PAR floods
mounted about 15 feet above ground. Most likely a deer, raccoon or fox, but I check such events when I notice them.
It's snowing big white flakes, first flakes of November in MN. The breeze is light and variable so the directions the flakes take on their descents vary from moment to moment and their instant orientations vary with instant local breeze vector because the snowflakes are flat. The orientation of each flake affects how it reflects the bright white light from the halogen PAR floods.
The visual effect is one of falling brightly-glowing sparkles, big ones, almost like tracer bullets but more sparkly (scintillating) and much slower. Maybe like some kinda sparkshower fireworks yet to be devised. Very neat. I stood in the open doorway and watched it for several minutes. Helluva show.
No way to capture it in a photo or video with kit I have. Some magic moments can't be captured other than in memory, best to just enjoy them when they happen.
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On Sat, 13 Nov 2010 01:17:58 -0600, Don Foreman

Thanks for the reminder, Don.
My first thought was all the stuff I haven't got done yet. I'm just plain not ready for winter. We'll be pulling irrigation pipe out of the field all day in the snow storm. Just finished the last watering yesterday and we spent the evening draining pipes all over. Also got the 750 bales of straw inside the barn, under cover. It has to be applied next week, probably over snow.
Karl
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Don Foreman wrote:

I grew up in MN, and I've seen it - it's very beautiful, as long as you're behind triple-pane glass so you don't freeze your ass off. ;-)
Cheers! Rich
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On Sat, 13 Nov 2010 10:00:56 -0800, Rich Grise

What area were you raised in? I'm 30 miles south of StCloud or 50 miles west of the cities. Lots of Finns in my area, some of the best people there are. Snow is starting to get deep now. Time to hook up the blower.
Karl
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Karl Townsend wrote:

When I was very young, we were mostly "outstate" - Mankato, Detroit Lakes, Coon Rapids, Anoka - then sort of gravitated to the suburbs (Minnetonka, Hopkins, Bloomington, etc.)
The longest I've lived in one place was three years in Anoka - I think my Dad had the wanderlust. ;-)
Cheers! Rich
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wrote:

Karl Keep that snow down there. We still have bare ground in Menahga. Vihaan lunta! Steve
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I knew Heikki Lunta - the Finnish snow god. Had to look up vihaan - means first. So thanks for the Finnish lesson - first snow.
I thought you were near Grand Rapids. I know several folks that have moved to Menahga. Do you know any Aho's, or Oja's, or Josephson's, or Raisenan's, or Hiluka's, or Huiko's? <VBG>
Karl
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You can't live in Menahga without know some of those names. Stop by if you are ever this way. My sister and her husband just bought a farm about 25 mi NE of you. Steve
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wrote:

I don't like snow much either. We got about a foot. That sounds like nothing, but it is extremely wet and heavy. Parts were falling off of Mr. Toro by the time I got done, got a little PM and a bit of welding to do tomorrow.
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Don,
Please keep that snow in your state for a few more days. I had to work this weekend so I have not done the semi annual exchange of lawn mower and snow blower between the garage and the shed.
If you can hold on it until say friday afternoon when I'll have time to clean up the dead branches from the last wind storm that is a *bitch* to clear out of the second stage.
Once I get the blower up and running and the driveway cleared of dead wood I'm fine with taking my share of that white stuff.
Wes -- "Additionally as a security officer, I carry a gun to protect government officials but my life isn't worth protecting at home in their eyes." Dick Anthony Heller
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On Sun, 21 Nov 2010 19:12:53 -0500, Wes

Mr. Toro is ready to rock and roll. Last night we got a freezing rain that glazed roads slicker'n molybdenum di-loonshit, quite unusual here. There was film on the 10:00 news of a car sliding sideways down a hill in St. Paul. It must have stopped eventually by colliding with something.
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On Mon, 22 Nov 2010 01:11:06 -0600, Don Foreman

Milady slipped and fell TWICE. She's a hurting unit right now. Her biggest concern is it might affect her grouper fishing. The lady has her priorities right.
Karl
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On Mon, 22 Nov 2010 01:11:06 -0600, Don Foreman

We're supposed to be getting a light snow on the valley floor in the next few days. I don't look forward to it, but luckily, I'm not working this week in this cold, rainy weather.
G'luck with your scary MDL(tmDF).
Here's what happened in Portland a few years ago. Watch the whole vid for the wildest parts.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCoxOReXlHI
One guy looked like he was trying to play a pinball game and rack up points by hitting -everything- in sight.
-- Experience is a good teacher, but she send in terrific bills. -- Minna Thomas Antrim
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