This was on a Tuesday, February 19th.
I didn’t think I’d ever be so lucky as to see it snow in Arizona! I’m so happy that though we’re moving, this was the year it snowed, the last year we’ll ever live here! Allan spent most of his life here and he says this is the first time he’s seen it snow in Arizona! Just so so cool!
It was chilly that day early in the morning. It also rained. When I noticed the rain I got really excited about taking the little kids outside to splash around. We were busy doing something or other (can’t remember) and couldn’t get outside just then. Allan was home from work that day (so rare!!) because we had a repair guy coming. He and I both kept looking out the window at the rain, just enjoying the cloudy skies and comforting feeling of it all. One minute I was looking outside and noticed these giant white dots. At first I thought it must be hail but, they were larger and fluffier. I almost couldn’t imagine that they could possibly be snowflakes. Just as I was about to comment on them to Allan he spoke up, “Ariana, it’s snowing!” He asked me if I was going to go outside and I said, “Of course! Yeah, I’m going to take the kids out!”
And that’s exactly what I did!
I was excited and having an awesome time outside, the kids were having a good time but the snow didn’t make any more impact on them than rain would. Snowflakes, raindrops- the craziness of snow in Arizona was lost on them. lol
The kids’ toys floated down the gutter to the desert into this rock area set up at the end of our street. Once last summer I told Payson not to go on the rocks because snakes hide out there (because legit we get rattle snakes over there, mostly during summer) and ever since he’s been terrified of that area. He asks me each and every time he wants to walk out on the rocks if it’s ok and most of the time he insists I walk out there and check for snakes first. Despite that area being flooded with rain water he still was skeptical and almost wouldn’t go retrieve his toy. I don’t mind, while we live in the desert, that he has a fear of snakes and is careful about where he steps!
Thanks to getting his toy out of the icey water, Payson started screaming about his freezing hands. I told him to run over to Allan (who’d been watching from the porch) and that daddy would take him inside to get warm. Payson ignored me, choosing instead to stand there and scream and cry some more.
I got the kids dressed up warmly and stuck them in front of the TV and told Allan I was going to run outside for just five minutes to take a few more pictures. I mean, it is sooo not every day you see snow in the desert for crying out loud!
Despite being into photography for 15 years, I have never photographed falling snow! I was momentarily stumped on how to capture it. Slow shutter speed to have the blurry flakes falling down? Quick shutter speed to freeze the flakes mid fall? In the end I did some of both.
Forgive me for posting so many, a landscape/nature photographer I am most definitely not, but I couldn’t resist snapping away. It all looked so foreign. Snow on cactus! Okay, that’s it! Thanks for “experiencing” my snowy desert day with me 🙂