Winter’s First Snow | North Tonawanda’s First Snowstorm 2017

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.

Looking out of a "Snow Globe" (Photo- Karen Hance)
Looking out of a “Snow Globe” (Photo- Karen Hance)

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.

Snow blankets the grass and covers the trees (Photo- Karen Hance)
Snow blankets the grass and covers the trees (Photo- Karen Hance)

 

Snow looks like a marshmallow on top of the bird feeder (Photo- Karen Hance)
Snow looks like a marshmallow on top of the bird feeder (Photo- Karen Hance)

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.)

Dreaming of Daytona Beach, Florida (Photo- Karen Hance)
Dreaming of Daytona Beach, Florida (Photo- Karen Hance)

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.

Rudy the Possum before the snowstorm. (Photo- Karen Hance)
Rudy the Possum before the snowstorm. (Photo- Karen Hance)

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.)

Crocuses popping through the snow in the Spring. (Photo- Karen Hance)
Crocuses popping through the snow in the spring. (Photo- Karen Hance)

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

Snow covered trees (Photo- Karen Hance)
Snow covered trees (Photo- Karen Hance)

 

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4 Replies to “Winter’s First Snow | North Tonawanda’s First Snowstorm 2017”

  1. Hi 🙂 The snow looks very pretty! I am sure the birds and other animals appreciate all of your bird feeders and gifts of food. 🙂 I love the crocuses peeking out of the snow. 🙂 I am not really a winter person either. I take the opportunity to get rested up, caught up on indoor tasks and read a few good books. I try to bundle up and spend as much time outside as I can. I think fresh air and sunshine are food groups. 🙂 I miss having the kitchen window open in the winter and the birdsong. Good luck staying safe and warm in the snowy weather!

    1. Thanks for visiting and your lovely comments. I would rather be hot than cold, I can never seem to warm up. I miss being out in the garden and listening to the birds. I don’t mind the snow as much as the bitter cold gray days. Stay warm..

  2. Good Morning,

    Your photographs are beautiful. I love the first one, the cardinal (at least, I think it’s a cardinal) at the bird feeder and the crocus. I’m from the central coast area in California. While it is warm and sunny most days, I will never see a beautiful red bird perched on a snow covered feeder in my backyard or a crocus peeking up through the snow.

    This is my first winter as a retired person. In the past, I have always worked, but this year I will finally have time for my writing, cooking a proper meal, planning my garden layout, getting out in nature (there’s a kestrel I want to see through my binoculars), and curling up with a good book and some popcorn on the rainy, drizzly days.

    I want to give you a special thanks for opening my eyes to the many birds and other wildlife, I have in my own backyard.

    Have a beautiful Christmas

    1. Thank you, and yes, that is a Cardinal in the first pic. I have a ways to go before I can retire but your list sounds a lot like mine. It’s really hard to balance all of that while working full-time. I try, but sometimes things get away from me. You are lucky to not see snow and deal with the cold weather. It’s much rather see palm trees and pelicans. Have a wonderful Christmas as well. Please check out my latest post “The Twelve Days of Christmas From my Backyard” , I think you’ll enjoy it. ❄️

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