These photos of a hawk owl was taken last week when it was still possible to go for easy forestry walks and the dream of a sunny weekend with long-distance skating on black, shiny ice in the archipelago was still living. That was before a “snow cannon” hit the Stockholm area and drenched us all in snow. The word “snow cannon” (snökanon) is a new expression that suddenly popped up in the weather reports around Christmas time and which now seems to be the latest trend among Swedish meteorologists to use when describing a heavy snowfall. “A snow cannon will hit Stockholm later this afternoon” or “A snow cannon is on its way from Scotland and will reach the west coast of Sweden…..” a s o. At least I hadn’t heard the term used in this context before.
I don’t mind the snow, but…… When we leave home in the morning it’s all white and serene and by the time we reach the City this white virginity has turned into dirt and slush. And that my “fancy” city boots don’t fancy at all! And as if this weren’t enough it might very well be that today’s wet, slushy streets may have turned into leg breaking ice tomorrow.