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The first snow

Snow at sunrise (near the lagoon).
Snow at sunrise (near the lagoon).

A few feathery flakes are scattered widely through the air, and hover downward with uncertain flight, now almost alighting on the earth, now whirled again aloft into remote regions of the atmosphere.

~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

The garden fence
The garden fence

A taste of winter arrived this morning, blown in by the cold winds from the north.  It was 28 degrees when I went out for my walk.  The wind has been blustery, between 15 and 20 mph.  I had to dig out my winter gear.  Sometime and somewhere during the move, I lost a mitten.  Not just any mitten.  It was one of my mitten-gloves, where there’s a flap that folds over the fingers.  They are my favorite mittens because it makes it easy to free up my fingers to use the camera when I want to.  I’m sure it will show up eventually.  We still have tons of unpacking to do (once the renovations are complete).

Barely a dusting
Barely a dusting

The snow came in squalls and reminded me of the lake-effect snows in the Bogs.  The weather dude on the morning news said they do get a bay effect on the Eastern Shore.  He was showing how the clouds stream out over the warm water of the bays.  I don’t know if this bay effect usually includes snow or not, but the squall clouds that moved in this morning carried more than flurries.

The snow flies
The snow flies against autumn’s colors

The ground is too warm for the snow to stick around.  The sun was shining during some of the squalls, and in spots where the sun insinuated itself, the snow melted almost instantly.  Some of the snowflakes never made it to the ground.  The wind carried them off or up, perhaps back to the clouds from which they came where they will wait to fall on another day or in another place.

Crazy flake dance
Crazy flake dance

During my walk I thought about my tendency to procrastinate, and finally came to the conclusion that I will declare Wednesdays to be my Anti-Procrastination Day.  It will be the day I take care of things I have been putting off.

By the marsh
By the marsh

That means I better wrap this up, and keep working on the list I created for this week.  Thank you for stopping by and sharing the first snowfall with me.  How do you feel about snow?  Like it?  Or hate it?  Or somewhere in between?  I love it.  The first snowfall, to me, is always exciting and a good reason to go outside and do a happy dance.

A sprinkling
A sprinkling

Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just Be.  🙂

Great Blue Heron huddles to keep warm in the gusty wind
Great Blue Heron huddles to keep warm in the gusty wind

NaBloPoMo November 2013
Today’s joys:  The first snowfall.  Being invigorated by the wind and the chill in the air.  The warmth of the house after the sunlight has poured in through the windows.  Hot chocolate for breakfast (made with almond milk, a good dark chocolate, and very little sugar).  My winter coat because it keeps me warm and cozy.  Finding one mitten.  (Surely that means the other mitten is around somewhere.)

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28 thoughts on “The first snow

  1. Oh, the first two pictures do look like a merry dance – I’d be out spinning around in the stuff – we rarely get snow, but I love it when I manage to get to the mountains (always love Hawthorne). Hope you find the other mitten – those sound wonderful

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    1. Thank you, PhilosopherMouse. 🙂 It will be interesting to see what winters are like here. I know they don’t get much snow so I’m going to appreciate it whenever it arrives.

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  2. Snow looks beautiful Robin, I wondered if you would have snow at WabiSabi Ranch … now I know … I only see snow here if we take a special trip into the Snowy Mountains or along the Great Dividing Range near Armidale … exceedingly rare events, so you could say I am almost a total stranger to snow, except for the year I lived in Detriot long ago, and also long ago a snowfall in the forests of France when driving from London to Paris in April. Your photos are wonderful heart warmers 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Christine. 🙂 As I’ve noted on previous comments, I’m not sure how much snow we’ll get here at the Wabi-Sabi Ranch. It will be fun to see what happens.

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  3. I love the first snowfall. I am not so thrilled about the pre-snow days of November. Years ago I bought a slip of holly for a ‘November garden’ and your photo reminds me- it is out there now, green amid the brown leaves. Jane

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    1. I know what you mean, Jane. Or think I do. I don’t miss the pre-snow days we had in northeast Ohio (the Bogs) when the sky was mostly gray and the weather was chilly, but not chilly enough for snow yet.

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  4. We got a tiny bit of snow that day too; it only blustered through for a few minutes then disappeared. I’m sure I’ll get more than enough snow to enjoy a few moments of “prettiness” then I’ll be ready for it to be gone! Your picture of the garden fence is beautiful.

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