Winter’s First Snow | North Tonawanda’s First Snowstorm 2017
Winter’s first snow brought an unexpected beauty to an otherwise drab, gray day. Watching the snow fall, I felt as though I was in a beautiful snow globe. Looking out my window from the warmth of my home, it was as though someone turned the globe upside down and gently placed it on the table.
Watching the large snowflakes fall, I was in awe of their beauty as they accumulated onto the trees. Every branch was covered, and it could only be described as a Winter Wonderland. Birdfeeders and birdbaths looked like big marshmallows. A thick, white blanket covered the grass.
By no means am I a winter person, I actually dread the thought of it. I would much rather be living in Florida, enjoying the daily sunshine and warm temperatures. The thought of looking out my window, seeing palm trees, green grass and the ocean brings warmth to me on these cold, winter days. One day I may finally get there, but for now, I can only dream about it. (I think I need to plan a vacation soon.)
About 12 inches (30 cm) of snow fell yesterday and it’s creating some difficulty for the animals that visit our yard. The possums that visit nightly have been in hiding and I haven’t seen the skunks or raccoons since the weather turned really cold. We still put food out for them just in case they stop by. Hopefully, they are all warm and snuggled in a den somewhere safe.
On a positive note, without winter, the flowers and trees would not wake up and bloom in the spring. I look forward to the first crocuses in late February and March, followed by the daffodils and tulips in early spring. Cherry and Crabapple blossoms will arrive shortly thereafter. It’s truly amazing to watch as the trees begin to leaf out, first with small buds, then tiny little leaves. Leaves start off so small and slowly grow full-size until the tree is completely covered in green. (I wouldn’t have to wait for all of this if I lived in Florida- I could see it all year… I’m just saying.)
In the meantime, I will just sit back and appreciate the beauty before me. Since it’s too cold to go outside, I will just sip some hot cocoa, watch the birds from my window and count my blessings. It might be a good time to start making Christmas cookies as well. How do you stay warm in winter? Do you love winter or despise it? What do you do to pass the time until spring? I’d love to hear from you in the comments. Happy Winter and Happy Birding! ~Karen