first snow, sort of

December 27-2011 Snow

It's been raining all day today. I was itching to get out for a walk early, but seeing the hunched people down there on the sidewalk bracing themselves against the weather got me finding things to do around here instead.  Eventually it got to the "go now or don't go" point so I layered on my rain jacket over my coat and went out.  

Me and my umbrella wandered a bit in the Harbourfront, took a few pictures and watched the people skate at the outdoor rink down by the lake and felt I like a wuss for putting the outing off.  I walked some more and then went up to the grocery store and on the way home got a bottle of wine then the rain changed to snow.  Apparently we had some snow when I was in Vancouver all those weeks ago, but I never saw it.  So technically, this is my first snow of the season. 

There are two really great "first snow of the season" experiences.  One is waking up to a layer of the stuff blanketing the world.  The other is looking up into a light at night and seeing it falling all around you.  

After standing under the light, trying to capture a picture and feeling the snow on my face and hair and seeing it dotting my glasses and my phone (camera), I walked home significantly lighter than I felt when I left.  Happy winter.

Snow falling in a streetlight:  Beautiful thing number eighty.  


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    Selma December 27, 2011

    Definitely a thing of beauty to see the snow falling in a streetlight. It’s like something from a movie or book. I am really enjoying your photos at the moment, Jen. You have such a good eye!

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    Jennifer December 28, 2011

    I guess snow isn’t what you’re seeing these days! Didn’t really capture it, but I tried! Thanks Selma.

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    Steve capelin December 28, 2011

    Rare in Australia, unheard of in Brisbane. I vividly remember my first snow. Our family and another – four adults and five children – had decided on a skiing holiday. The kids loved it, the adults struggled; there was hardly any snow, but enough to cause the adults grief. We were there for a week; it was July. On Wednesday night the chalet did a Xmas in July dinner and just as dessert was being served a gentle dusting of snow drifted by the windows. The kids went beserk. It was beautiful. I fully understand how you must fall in love with that moment year after year.

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    Mike December 28, 2011

    “I stand transfixed
    before this streetlight
    watching the snow fall
    on this cold December night”

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    Jennifer December 28, 2011

    It is beautiful. And no doubt I will be complaining about it in a month’s time!

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    Jennifer December 28, 2011

    Love! Now why didn’t I have that soundtrack in my head last night?

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    Sheryl December 29, 2011

    We had our first snowfall Halloween weekend! LOVE the photo!

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    kelly December 29, 2011

    we had our first snow of the year yesterday. i made a fire, grabbed a book, smiled a lot.

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    Jennifer December 30, 2011

    I remember that! Completely missed us.

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    Jennifer December 30, 2011

    Kelly, that sounds perfect. I had a similar afternoon yesterday with old movies and tea and the smiling!

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