It Does Too Snow in Texas!

by Stefani on 6-July-2007

See this stuff?

Snow

It is near impossible to photograph, in all it’s fluffy whiteness, but trust me when I say that it is a thing of beauty. If you manage to find the right spot, at the right time, you’ll look up to a big blue summer sky full of downy white flakes. For just a moment, you will ask yourself, “Could it be?… but no, it’s over 90 degrees… it can’t…”

But it sure does look like it.

It’s snowing in Texas. In July.

If you get close enough though, you’ll find that those flakes look something like the dandelion thingys that you blow and make a wish.

Cotton

These little bits are not meant to be flowers though. Each one has the potential to grow into a massive, magical tree.

My favorite tree. The Cottonwood. What? You don’t have a favorite tree? I’ll lend you mine then.

Cottonwood

If you ever find one (you’ll know her by her snow, and her heart shaped, dangly leaves) stand under her and close your eyes. When the wind blows, you’ll swear you hear the sound of a babbling brook in her rustling leaves. If you’re going camping, under her boughs is the very best place to pitch your tent. She’ll sing you to sleep with her waterfall song.

P.S. We found a surprising lack of orange in our lives yesterday, but we do have LOTS of brown. Here, here, and here

erin July 6, 2007 at 5:04 am

they are pretty trees! they do have the tendency to make me sneeze, though!

Heather July 6, 2007 at 4:41 pm

I just love your posts! Trees… I love trees… and so does my husband… he’s an arborist. Have an exquisite weekend, Stephani!

dianeinjapan July 6, 2007 at 9:23 pm

Here I was, all thinking you were going to complain about the cottonwoods, when it turns out you love them! I think they’re pretty, too, but like Erin, they sometimes make me (and my husband) sneeze. And I hate to be a downer, but I’ve heard that they have a tendency to rot from the inside and then fall over unannounced. I’d love to hear otherwise.

Molly July 7, 2007 at 7:48 pm

Each of your brown images are gorgeous! 🙂

Also, my favorite tree: the dogwood, a staple in my childhood in Tennessee. My fiance and I planted a dogwood seedling in our front yard when we moved into this house we bought two years ago, a little symbol to watch it grow!

Molly July 7, 2007 at 7:48 pm

Each of your brown images are gorgeous! 🙂

Also, my favorite tree: the dogwood, a staple in my childhood in Tennessee. My fiance and I planted a dogwood seedling in our front yard when we moved into this house we bought two years ago, a little symbol to watch it grow!

Linda July 9, 2007 at 2:53 am

It was wonderful to read and to see the “snow in Texas.” My husband and I just moved (in April 2007)to Glenrothes, Scotland FROM Texas where we have lived all but 5 years of our lives. We spent 5 years in Donetsk, Ukraine and they have cottonwood trees which shed in April and May. They call it “Summer Snow” there and sometimes it is so dense that it is difficult to breathe and/or talk without getting plugged. But it is beautiful.
Only a month after we moved here, we noticed “Summer Snow” here! I got so excited. We never were around cottonwood trees in Texas, but around cotton and dandelions. And we also experienced a REAL snow or the wet kind in April 1993 near Abilene TX.
One of our Scottish friends commented that he had heard about some place in Texas getting snow in July and so I went to the Internet to check it out. I enjoyed reading your story and thinking back on many happy memories. Thank you for sharing.

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