A Snowy Day in Dallas

While Dallas, Texas is known for hot summers and mild winters, we do get a good snowy day every few years. In 2011, just before Super Bowl XLV was scheduled to be hosted at Cowboys Stadium, the whole DFW Metroplex went into a deep freeze. We even got a couple of inches of snow. Then, since this is Dallas, the temperature spiked to 50 the very next day. Even at nine in the morning, the snow was melting at an amazing rate. I knew it wouldn’t last long, so I threw on a light jacket and captured these images by the ponds near my house.

Fountain

Snowy Fountain in Dallas 1

The fountain runs even in the snow.

Snowy Fountain in Dallas 2

Cold, but beautiful.

Snowy Fountain in Dallas 3

Here’s the fountain from further away, in this weird little spillway that keeps the ponds from turning into lakes.

Around the Apartment Complex

Footprints in the Snow

Everyone had a snow day, so the snow was well-trodden.

Stone Wall in the Snow

People were sledding on this little slope. Dallas isn’t that hilly.

Snowy Waterfall in Dallas

This little waterfall just barely started to ice over.

Snowy Pond

I don’t think that ice is safe to walk on.

Swimming Pool in the Snow

Anyone up for a swim?

Wildlife

Duck Duck Goose

Duck Duck Goose

Ducks in the Snow

I’d hate to be a duck on this day.

Dallas Squirrel in the Snow

Squirrel!

Cold Duck on Ice

Cold Duck on Ice

Having grown up in Michigan, I can say that one good snowy day a year is enough. An occasional snow can be refreshing, although ice is never welcome. Before this big snowfall, we had a couple of days of iciness that shut the whole city down for a week. After my dad’s car slid off of an icy levee taking me to school one day, I have never had a good relationship with ice. Unfortunately, in warm climates like this, ice is much more common than snow. Here’s hoping that the next winter will have one good snowy day, with no ice in sight.

Steve Lovelace

Steve Lovelace is a writer, photographer and graphic artist. After graduating Michigan State University in 2004, he taught Spanish in Samoa before moving to Dallas, Texas. He blogs every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at http://steve-lovelace.com.

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