The Blizzard of 17
The Snow Moon Rises. The headlines read “PREPARE NOW: MAJOR Snowstorm Incoming, Biggest Snow Totals of the season Possible in Northeast.” Winter Storm Niko becomes a strong “Noreaster”. While folks in the Northeast braced for snow and ice storms it was no picnic on the Broward either. I experienced one of the most fierce "Blizzards" of the decade this week.
Howling and blowing in the fierce winds they came. A blizzard of "Snowys" came swirling around the channel and headed straight for me. Wings of white blinded my eyes, the rush from their wings nearly blew my coffee cup from my hand. Undaunted, I grabbed the Doohickey and captured the wonder of the feathered storm about me. After reading this intro, the Editor said something I cannot repeat to gentle ears. Ok, a bunch of Snowy Egrets flew up the channel this week and fully captured my attention. Thus began the blizzard of 17 on the Broward.
Snowy Egrets are the smaller of the two white herons found on the Broward this time of year. They have black beaks and happy yellow feet. Their larger cousins, the Great Egret, have just the opposite, a yellow beak and black feet. Lately they have been gathering and following a small group of Hooded Mergansers as they feed in the outgoing tide. They have also pestered poor Broward Bob, the local Little Blue Heron, nearly knocking him off his feet while sitting peacefully on the river bank. Reminded me of the recent riots and politics going on.
Hope you survived the Blizzard of 17. It was harrowing here in Florida. Guess I will grab another cup of coffee to warm the chill of these brutal 68 degree winds. Blessings. Harry