First big snowfall of the season

Getting ready to unlock winter

Winter has finally arrived here in the Bogs.  The snow has been falling and falling and falling throughout the night and morning.  It’s almost dizzying to watch the snowflakes whirling and twirling as they descend from the sky.

Early morning

I did not have the white balance set on tungsten for the Early Morning photo.  It was blue with cold and early morning light out there.

Three Trees in a Snow Squall. (Post-processed in Photoshop.)

It is midday as I work on this blog post, and the weather radio alarm just sounded.  We’re under a lake effect snow warning until 7pm.  No surprises there.  Sometimes the secondary snowbelt gets as much, if not more, snow than the primary snowbelt when bands of lake effect snow start traveling southwards.  The squalls stall and hang out with us for a while.

Watch your step

We have a goodly amount of snow now.  It was almost up to my knees in spots.  There is certainly enough to go cross-country skiing.  It’s too bad I’m not feeling up to it.  I don’t think I’d last more than ten minutes.

I considered dusting off my skis and practicing in the front yard for a little while, but just the thought of carrying the skis and boots up and out in addition to bundling up with, and carrying around the added weight of, layers of clothing was exhausting.  I had to rest for a while once I rid myself of such thoughts.  (Kidding.  I’m not that bad off.  In fact, I am feeling somewhat better today.  I took the last of the anti-viral pills early this morning.  Hopefully I’ll continue to improve from here on out.)

My boot tracks alongside the pond.

I did bundle up and go out for a little while.  I didn’t want to miss our first big snow event of the season completely.  It is bitterly, bitterly cold out there and getting colder as the day goes on.  Even with a pair of gloves on under my mitten-gloves, my fingers were painfully cold.

The sun makes an appearance in between the snow squalls, lighting up the ice forming on the pond.

I stayed out for as long as my fingers could stand it, which is to say until I couldn’t feel or push the buttons on my camera.  I think it was around this time last year that I had finally acclimated to the cold.  Winter is late this season.  I haven’t had the conditions needed to toughen up.

Bird bath, sun, shadows, and a snow squall.

Today is day 100 of my yoga challenge.  This morning I got back to some basics, feeling well enough to spend twenty minutes practicing with the AM Yoga For Your Week DVD.  I have been doing a few stretches and restorative poses (along with meditation) throughout this bout of shingles, but it felt good to push a little.  Not a lot.  Just a little.

Snow patterns on the pond.

For those who might be interested in how it’s going with a river of stones, I started posting them on Bountiful Healing (my other blog).  I was going to keep that news to myself.  I don’t have many followers over at Bountiful Healing.  I could shyly and quietly post away without much notice.  However, since I announced I was taking up the challenge on this blog, I thought I should let you know where you can find my small stones.

Snow splattered trees at the back of the pond.

And for those who aren’t interested in my words at all, here is the photo that went with today’s small stone (I’ll save you the trip over to the other blog):


I guess that’s about it from the Bogs for today.  If you wear a size 8 shoe and would like to borrow my skis and boots for a little cross-country trip around Breezy Acres, you’re welcome to them.  Or bring your own skis, boots, or snowshoes.  Just make sure you bundle up.  The temperature is in the teens out there.  I’ll have some hot chocolate waiting to warm you up when you return to the house.

Letting Go:  Of illness, slowly but surely.

55 Comments on “First big snowfall of the season”

  1. Wow – the snow sure found you guys!! We have bitter cold temperatures here today, but no snow. It sure does make for some pretty images, though – I definitely have a new appreciation for the white stuff! 😉 I hope your recovery process is going well, and you are able to get plenty of rest!

  2. ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
    Would you mind sending that snow down my way? 😉

    Glad to hear that you’re feeling a little better today.

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Michaela. 🙂

      I’ll talk to Mama Nature and see if she’ll give you a gift of snow. Be careful what you wish for, though… 😉

  3. Lovely images, but I sure hope the snow stays up in your neck of the woods. 😉

    I like the symmetry between the image of the steps and the tree below it, they work well together.

  4. Kel says:

    i heart snow
    off to bountiful healing for your small stone

  5. We actually had a slight dusting of snow here yesterday–which I’m thankful for. I’ve been craving snow after 2 winters spent in tropical climates. Yours looks lovely–so fresh and clean!
    Stay warm, Robin.

  6. milkayphoto says:

    You got slammed! We in the Northeast are still snow-less but the temps are BITTER. I hid inside all day today. You are a brave woman!

    Lovely images as usual. You’ve captured the beauty of winter!

  7. ceceliafutch says:

    Beautiful images. My fav is the golden hued sun reflected off the pond backlighting the bush/plant. Love it!

  8. bearyweather says:

    Love the warm lighting on the picture of the pond with the snow all around. I remember last Spring how I did not want to take one more picture of snow – it all looked the same and I was tired of snow … but, now it is novel again and fun to look for the unique formations and coverings. Nice post.

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Bearyweather. 🙂

      I used to feel that way about snow when we reached February, but getting out and doing stuff (skiing, hiking, etc.) has made a huge difference.

  9. aFrankAngle says:

    While you got the beauty of the first snow, you got enough to be a nuisance – especially since the road crews were surprised. Fortunately I didn’t go out much on Jan 2nd as Cincinnati traffic had more than a few incidents. Nonetheless, well done Robin!

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Frank. 🙂

      The road crews in northeast Ohio are amazing. They sometimes have difficulty keeping up when the Lake Erie snow squalls hit. Otherwise, they do a really fine job of keeping the roads clear of snow and ice.

  10. Marianne says:

    Snow up to your knees, Robin? Wow. That IS a goodly amount. We had very, very, very cold weather today with lots of sun here in southern Ontario. Later in the week it’s supposed to warm up according to the weather forecast and not much snow is in forecast yet.

    I may have to go shopping to see what I can get to keep my feet warm since I can’t wear the regular winter footwear.

    The snow really looks great in your photos, Robin.

    • Robin says:

      Well, Marianne, my husband says snow up to my knees is not really all that much. He must think I’m much shorter than I am. lol!!

      Thank you. 🙂

  11. cfbookchick says:

    We didn’t get quite as much as you did this time – You have certainly taken advantage of the beauty here and captured it perfectly. I am sitting here with a icy nose and cold toes, and thinking that I am quite chilly enough and looking at your photos made me feel just a little bit colder! I think I’ll have to come back to this post in August when the heat and humidity are almost, but not quite, unbearable!

  12. Chloe says:

    amazing snow photos, you could make a winter calendar filled with these

  13. ladyfi says:

    I’m so jealous – you have snow! Lovely snow!

    Magical shots as always.

  14. Gilraen says:

    How beautiful. Here the weather is nowhere close enough to snow In fact at present it is more springlike than winter. I want some snow too!

  15. TBM says:

    Just beautiful. Glad to hear that you are feeling better. Thanks for sharing. No sign of snow in London…it will be in the 40s and 50s all week. Don’t think we will have winter here.

  16. Wicked cold here, no snow. Hope the plants survive.
    Glad you’re feeling a little better!

  17. mimo khair says:

    so wonderful!! Great images

  18. giselzitrone says:

    Thank you Gruss Gislinde

  19. Great images. Love the gate with the lock – it looks like it’s determined to keep that snow in place. THe one with the trees at the back of the pond: a wild winter festival dance in progress there?

  20. Dana says:

    That snow looks GREAT! Our snowshoes are still waiting by the door for some winter snow, but lately it’s just been raining and raining some more. (It’s to be expected in the Pacific Northwest, though– snowfalls are an occasional gift rather than an inevitability out here.)

  21. hugmamma says:

    God bless you…for forging ahead…no matter the weather…you matter your health…

    God bless you…hugs… 🙂

  22. Your photos make the the snow-scape look other worldly – so beautiful. I can see why you had to go out there! No snow here, yet, but after last year, I’m being careful what I wish for.

  23. jane tims says:

    Hi Robin. This is a lovely lot of photos. Our snow is gone, so it is nice to go for a walk with you! I love the snow-laden fir with the hardwoods behind. Jane

  24. Oh, I wish I could take you up on your invitation. I’ve only seen snow once in my life, and I miss it, even though I’m not a big fan of the cold. Love the 7th shot! The colors are so beautiful!

  25. Here in our little valley, we’re lucky if we get snow even once a year. So far, nothing. And when we do, it’s not usually enough for great pics. Love those steps.

  26. … and the patterns on the pond are gorgeous!!

  27. txhsabullprobra1988 says:

    Reblogged this on Ashley King Weblog.

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