It’s inevitable if you live in a cold climate that one day you are going to see snowflakes drifting down from the sky. With one comes more, until they cover the ground in a beautiful blanket of the white fluffy stuff which makes everyone cavort around in joy.
That’s the first snowfall…by the end of March, everyone is sogging about, unhappily grumbling. Let’s keep that in mind, and refer back to this post in the spring.
I’m enraptured by the beauty of it each time it sprinkles down for the first time of the season.
With the renewal of spring, and during the long overpowering heat of summer, even the glorious showmanship of Autumn we forget about the first snowfall until it arrives one day, and then we realize that….
The first snowfall makes everything beautiful
The first snowfall is truly a magical landscape changing event.
When Fall finished strutted its colorful way down the catwalk of Autumn like a supermodel, slinkily slipping off its jacket of golden hued crackling leaves, something happened here.
It got dark.
With great loping strides, the longer nights, and shorter days made it a gloomy, introspective time until the snow came.
After the snow came everything felt soft, downy, refreshed, beautiful…gone are the stark bare branches and soggy faded leaves.
Baby, it’s cold outside!
As in really, truly, damp and chilly cold, bitterly poking at exposed skin, and trying to peek at the space between your socks and your pants.
Cold…but so beautiful.
Fingers never warm up, toes are frozen all day.
No matter how many layers you wear, pairs of gloves, scarf, and extra socks, it’s going to be cold outside. Live with it, the beauty outside is worth it.
Snow covers up the flaws
It’s clean, sparkly bright, what more can you ask for? The first snowfall hides all of the imperfections in the world, covering it with a gorgeous tone on tone quilt of white. Gone are the jewel toned leaves that were recently clinging to the branches in the inclement weather, the golden fields are shorn, brisk with stubble.
all is peaceful, and beautiful outside.
It’s a lighter, brighter world
One of the best things a fresh snowfall does beyond making the world a sparkling wonderland, is to brighten it up. A lot!
After the Autumn leaves have fallen, the dark lingers around like a hungry stray cat all day, early afternoons pushing in a tide of darkness. Gone are the lovely reflected colors that made our world so beautiful. We long to draw the curtains early to keep the darkness out, and the warmth in.
After the first snowfall…light shimmers, reflects into the house, lifting spirits, and making everyone happier. The sun drops in the sky spreading rainbows of icy crystal reflections that sparkle, and glitter like diamonds.
The cat adores the sunshine streaming over the snow crystals…but only from the inside of the house.
Nature’s original tracking device
The deer that I saw the other day didn’t leave tracks on the frozen ground, no trace, just a moment captured by a photo on my phone. But now when a deer visits our yard and nibbles at the veggies in the composter, takes a bite from the bird feeder we can spot its tracks immediately.
When you’re walking in the snow the only thing that’s running is your nose…it’s too slippery to move anything else fast, but noses don’t care, you’ll need more than one, make sure to grab a handful on your way out.
Bitter battery life
Cold weather drains your rechargeable batteries…making it seem like any device or camera is always needs to be revved up. That’s OK, because there is usually more sunshine after a snowstorm, and you can take lots of gorgeous snowy shots to make up for those dark nights. If all that extra light gets you enthusiastically thinking about venturing outside here’s a post from Live Snap Love on how to shoot in snow that may help with your photography.
The first snow of the year brings hope for a fresh new start, icy nights, and crisp fresh days, warm hearts and cold hands.
After it’s been shovelled, trampled, removed, and melted well into March then we are glad to see it leave without a backward glance..but until then.
Your beauty is wonderland
The first snowfall still gives me a feeling of magical beauty and makes me remember how much I had forgotten, and for that I am thankful.
Jen @ The Light Laughed
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