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.

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.


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


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


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


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


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

Cardinal, Deutzia
Cardinal perching in a Deutzia bush.

Thank goodness for Northern Cardinals!


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


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?

69 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. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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…

  8. 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)!

  9. I really like your shot of the cardinal. It is beautifully composed. I’m so happy that most of the snow has melted away. I know, I know, it is good, but I still hate it. A tree guy is coming tomorrow to cut up and remove the dead tree that took out our power line and dog run. I kind of wish we could keep some lengths of the tree, though, because my dog enjoys climbing on it and I think that is good for him, mentally and physically. Also I think it is good for the soil when a tree rots in place. However, the boss says a firm, “no” on that.

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