Tuesday, December 07, 2010

The First Snowfall Of The Season

The first snowfall of the season..... just a dusting, but still.. snow!
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"The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?" ~ J.B. Priestley
We had snow on Saturday night, the first snowfall of the season. Actually, it is likely to be the only snowfall of the winter since we are so close to the ocean and the Gulf Stream flows just off shore keeping our winters on the milder side. Last year... no, it was in January past of this year... we had a huge snow... again, huge for this area. Ten inches of the white stuff covered the streets and houses and with a layer of sleet mixed in, it was a mess. Now a lot of you get ten inches on a daily basis or at least several times a year, but here, snow is a big deal. The kids take out dusty sleds and head for the highest sand dune or dirt mound they can find. Several years ago, they would head out to Mt. Trashmore (the reclaimed garbage dump) in Virginia Beach, but I recently found out that they no longer allow sledding.... they have added walking paths and landscaping that they don't want messed up.... oh, well.

Anyway, we had snow on Saturday night. At first it was intermittent and you really had to strain and look at a street light or in front of car headlights to see the occasional flake, but as the evening progressed it became obvious... it was snowing! The flakes made a wonderful addition to the televised local Christmas parade; although I doubt it helped the dance troupe in their thin costumes, especially when the temperature fell seven degrees in an hour. By morning the cars were coated and about a half an inch or so was on the ground with the grass still peeking through. Unfortunately ice, again, was part of the process and there was some difficulty with black ice on bridges and the expressways, but by noon most of the white stuff was gone. And so goes our first snowfall of the season... with not a snowman in sight!

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Ms Diva said...

That is an amazing shot! I absoultely love it!!!

sandra said...

we are tooo far south to ever get snow, we have only had frost twice in 26 years here. i like that though, today was 38 and high is 51 so that is plenty cold for me. your photo is like a magical bird christmas house. so pretty

sandra said...

oops forgot to say sorry you are having trouble with your lights. they make me crazy when they don't work right. i have stopped with all decorating except my 2 small trees and my candles and glass collection. the trees i leave the lights on each year and put them in a bag in the closet and lift out on thanksgivng. last year i lifted them out and half the lights were out. they came prelit and each and every bulb had to be cut with scissors to remove the lights, then i had to add. i came close to tossing them in the garbage and buying another one. but they are lit this year 8-)

Ginny Hartzler said...

I love the picture!! We had a bit of snow as well, and are expecting more on Wendesday maybe. Last year we had almost four feet, all at once. Followed by another storm of about three feet.

Beverly said...

Ella wanted to build a snowman on Saturday...with the inch that was there.  Her daddy told hershe would have to wait for more.  I saw those few flakes Saturday afternoon too, and by the time we came out of the concert Saturday night, the ground was covered.  I hoped to get some photos on Sunday, but it was nearly gone.

It has been way too cold for me here this time!  But I hear it is cold at home too, not quite as cold as here, however.

Ella's in her program tonight (the reason I came,)  She's quite excited...although it doesn't take much to excite her.

kenju said...

We had some on Sat. afternoon. I worked all morning, and came home to take a nap. When I woke up, there were 2" on the ground. Most of it is already melted.

Rambling Woods said...

I thought my doves were the only doves who learned how to use a tree feeder. It keeps them safer from cats, but not always from hawks in my yard. Every day brings a coopers or sharp-shinned into the yard...

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