Nature Notes

Sam, Sasha and Sergio Snow

“Weeee, what a fun ride this is! My buddies and I were approaching a field but the wind picked up. We were blown sideways at wild speeds!"

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By Sydney Chandler

Fresh white flakes land on dried leaves and frozen mud with quiet a quiet ping. The snow sticks to the leaves, to the roofs, to tree bark, to flowers, and to us. We know what it’s like to be a human in a snowstorm, but what might it be like to be a snowflake?

Sam Snow in the Field

Sam Snow: “Weeee, what a fun ride this is! My buddies and I were approaching a field but the wind picked up. We were blown sideways at wild speeds! I dodged an elaborate mess of branches on a giant tree, and visibility is decreasing as more and more of us crowd the sky. I’m hoping to eventually land near the friends I made in the clouds so that we can cover every last grass in this field!”

Sasha Snow in the Herb Garden

Sasha Snow: “I dozed off during the relaxing flight down but was pleasantly surprised to land on this beautiful burst of color! The orange-red American Bittersweet gives me a great perch to watch over other elegant plants in the Herb Garden. Small rodents often scurry past to gather food and strategically avoid being eaten by hawks and owls. I’m hoping to hitch a ride on one of these mammal neighbors so I can explore the rest of this land before I melt!”

Sergio Snow at the Arborvitae

Sergio Snow:My friends and I have been plotting our landing since our early formation in the clouds! We’re thrilled to have crafted a cozy tunnel by covering the rows of American Arborvitae. Most of our snow relatives will land on the ground. With sufficient layers they will create the subnivean zone close to the earth where critters traverse under the snow throughout the winter. But we’ve created a giant model of this tunneling for humans to explore! Now we can watch the humans traverse this over-sized corridor throughout the winter.”

On your next visit to the Arboretum, be sure to keep and eye out for Sam, Sasha, and Sergio and take a moment to notice the magical transformations they have brought to the landscape!

Sydney Chandler is a Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteer.

1 comment on “Sam, Sasha and Sergio Snow

  1. Delightful read! I’m wondering where that beautiful tree is or what species?

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