let it snow

but preferably next july. or august.

back in the old country, most of our Christmas cards depicted pine trees with snow, landscapes with snow, trees with ice, children playing sleigh rides in the snow. clearly the legacy of the americans along with the freedom they gave us. in truth, however, it is so hot there that a block of ice a big as an eight-wheeler can melt in just mere two hours.

in school, at Christmas time, we would have artificial trees which we would decorate with metallic strips, stand-in for icicles, and the branches covered with snow. how? shaved soap with a little bit of water then beaten up into pasty lumps that mimicked the pack of snow seen on cards and movies.

for the last 29 years of my life, i've seen snow, ice, slush, icicles, stalactites, stalagmites and yellow snow :-) the first snowfall i've experienced, it was just a thin covering but enough to make the ground white. i went around the neighbourhood taking photographs to send back to the old country. the actual heavy snowfall happened on the first day of my first spring here and i had my sister photograph me in the snow in a borrowed mink coat wearing only a two-piece swimsuit underneath. people at the park were quite amused when we told them it was our first snow. some even asked to be photographed with me. after an hour, i was quite chilled and i got sick for a week. the folly of youth, you know!

can you guess which one is the real snowflake?

-o0o-

check out five plus two's classic painting imitation theme this week: https://365project.org/fiveplustwo/365
this would make an awesome christmas card :)
posted November 17th, 2017  
@northy - a black and white christmas card. people would think i'm elvira!
posted November 17th, 2017  
Beautiful flakes!
posted November 17th, 2017  
Great flakes -- perfect for a card!
posted November 17th, 2017  
Well done. Although I could do with no snow all the time
posted November 17th, 2017  
The snow flakes all seem to have the same crystallised shapes! So can't tell which is the real one. I like your commentary about your own experience. I do think we could do more of that!
posted November 17th, 2017  
Like the abstract feel of this. Nice one.
posted November 17th, 2017  
Great image and fabulous story.
posted November 17th, 2017  
I grew up in chilly East Anglia snow up to armpits. Now live in south, if we get a centimetre the motorway gets closed!!! No snow next September in Toronto please!!!
posted November 17th, 2017  
These snow flakes look just like the ones I stuck in my window at Christmas. They are so old now it is getting hard to get them to stick.
posted November 17th, 2017  
I agree with the Northy this would make a very beautiful card. Full of elegance and simplicity. I'm guessing the real flake is the top right which you then cloned in three other places… But that's just a guess
posted November 18th, 2017  
I agree with @taffy and @northy this would be a great card. Beautiful.
posted November 18th, 2017  
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