First Snow

Yesterday morning we awoke to see the season’s first real blanket of snow. It wasn’t the blizzard that had been predicted, but still a solid 5 inches or so.

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Our street on Monday morning.

With the somber weather we continue to have, we seem to be living in a world of black and white.

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Here’s our front garden and house from the street.

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I like how the fresh snow makes little white hats for many of the seedheads.

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The snow also gives a white outline to branches and stems.

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A black and white November sky. Black and grey, actually.

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Birds and their houses provide at least a bit of color.

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Cardinal perching in a Deutzia bush.

Thank goodness for Northern Cardinals!

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It was a wet, heavy snow. The weaker stemmed plants, like this hydrangea, were forced to bend deeply under the weight.

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The temperature was well below freezing. The Mourning Doves puffed out their feathers, as the extra air provides insulation. They still look rather cold, though. Either that or they puffed up to express some moral indignation.

Have you had much snow yet this winter?

62 Comments on “First Snow

  1. We had two inches some time in mid October, but November has only given us the odd dusting here and there. I think this weekend is when we will get it in earnest. I know I should be ready (I’m in Wisconsin for crying out loud and it IS after Thanksgiving so all bets are off) but I am most definitely not!

  2. We haven’t had more than an inch on one occasion. Just lots of flurr nearly every day, which is fine with me.

  3. I was in Santa Fe, NM two weeks ago when they had their first snow–lovely. Your house is charming in its snowy-looks. I’m glad you have Northern Cardinal to add some cheery color. As for snow here in Austin, we’ll see; it happens.

  4. Just rain, rain and more rain over here. I think they have had snow further north, but here in the south it is just rain! I was hoping to see Cardinals when I was in Canada, they didn’t show while I was there, but visited my nephews garden a few days after I had returned!

  5. We’ve had several snows, but we also had rain this week so some of it has melted. But, in general, the landscape is still white. That is a beautiful shot of the Cardinal. Applause to your in house photographer. πŸ™‚

  6. P.S. Your garden looks pretty with a blanket of snow. I am sure the plants appreciate the insulation.

  7. Winter has come very early to Maine. Fortunately, most of the outside work was done. For some reason, I really like the black and white of winter, although the cardinals do provide a lovely burst of red.

  8. Oh, that magic blanket of white looks beautiful in your garden. We seldom get snow here so when it happens everyone rushes outside to enjoy it, schools shut down, and life moves at a slower pace. A warmer winter is predicted here so we may not see any white stuff this year.

  9. The first snow is always beautiful. Sometimes, the first snow in Nashville, is also our last. Love the cardinal shot.

  10. Fresh snow is always lovely. We had a little frozen rain a couple of weeks ago which made the tree branches look as though they were covered in glass. Short-lived, thankfully. There are cardinals flitting around here, too.

  11. 5 inches! That’s a lot. Just a bit here, barely measurable so I’m happy. Rain this weekend and maybe warm enough on Friday to finish raking. But you are right, it has been a very gray autumn. Even when the morning starts sunny it seems like it disappears quickly.

  12. Your birds do bring such lovely colour to the scene. We have only had a sprinkling of snow so far and the forecast is mild. A white Christmas would be nice – even if it is just frosty!

      • We have had lots of heavy rain! And listening to it pounding against the windows was magical! Unfortunately it meant floods for some people, but the ground has soaked it all up nicely here already. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  13. Drove the youngest back to Chicago yesterday…snow went south of us so by the time we hit Racine, there was lots all the way into C. Glad it was sunny today, pretty green here. Ours seems to be here for a while and then gone-you lot got snow blasted!

  14. I always enjoy the first snow–and I always say thanks because I don’t have to drive much.

  15. Far northwest side of Chicago, we had quite a few branches (even a tree or two) down. The preceding rain coated everything in ice, then snow.

  16. Day 3 (of no electricity, water, heat) – temp dropped to 45 this morning (in the house) and since all my electronics were dead I resorted to the car. WONDERFUL! I got to charge up my phones, listen to NPR and get warm all at the same time! In between, I get out and shovel snow, break the ice on the stock tank, blah, blah, blah. Then back inside my toasty car. The snow plow shows up at about 10, then about noon the power comes back on. My very favorite thing to do once power returned was to wash my hands in warm, soapy water. Ah yes, the simple things in life!

  17. While you were getting your first snow, we were getting our first rain since last spring! I think I will stick with rain. Snow looks scary.

  18. We’ve had much more snow than normal this year. In the past, it’s been hit or miss as to whether we would have a white Christmas – doesn’t look like that will be an issue this year.

  19. It’s so pretty. But, I hope we don’t get any this year. We have the past few, and it’s not normal. Or, maybe it’s the “new normal.” The problem is, no one is used to it. No one knows how to drive. Or shovel. Or much of anything but complain! Then there’s ice…

    • I have noticed that snow tends to bring everything to a stop when it falls where it is generally unexpected – Memphis or the District of Columbia for example. We’re all too used to it around here.

  20. Your house looks very picture postcard in the snow, but I appreciate how difficult winter is in the Nothern Hemisphere. The red cardinal in the snow is a cheery photo.

  21. Hello Jason, those are some very picturesque snow pictures, but goodness don’t you start winter early? We’re having blustery weather with lots of rain, intermittent sunny spells but it still feels very mild. I’ve had chance to do lots of winter jobs without getting too cold (and wet)!

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