Snow Around Trees

Up here above the Arctic Circle in Sweden, spring has been slow to come. I suppose technically it arrived on March 20, the same as everywhere else in the Northern Hemisphere, but we’ve got a while to wait until nature catches up. There’s still a lot of snow on the ground. In fact, it snowed last night. I can see plenty of green out the window, but it’s evergreen. Grass is emerging from under the snow along the roads–but it’s all brown.

I took this picture yesterday evening.

The patches around the trees were the first to emerge from under the snow. It started a few weeks ago, with trees on a west-facing slope that got lots of nice sunlight in the afternoon. This tree is in the woods, with less direct sun. My best guess from asking Dr. Google is that snow melts around trees first because the bark absorbs heat from the sun.

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2 Responses to Snow Around Trees

  1. Erika says:

    Why on Earth would you want to go to the north of Sweden NOW? I probably should not speak ill of my (beloved) native region, and it really is lovely later in the summer, but at this time of year the north’s rather bleak and soggy.

  2. Helen says:

    Oh, I know! Everybody tells us this is the worst time of year, and I believe it. :)