January 10, 2007

When the morning comes, we will step outside

view from front door

Here is perhaps the laziest photo I've ever taken for my blog readers. I took this picture this morning from my front porch. I stepped out wearing socks, not even bothering to put on my boots – or pants, for that matter – and snapped it quickly before ducking back into the warm house, where breakfast and a fireplace awaited me.

The weather here has been ridiculously and unseasonably warm; the ski centers were closed last weekend because we simply didn't have enough snow. No snow in Snowstorm Region! That is just wrong. I've barely even used my mittens so far this year, no less my snowboard. So I was thrilled this morning to wake up to a snowstorm, to look out and see the grass and trees all covered with white, to have winter return to this part of the country.

Fresh snow in the early morning turns my landscape into a monochrome. Drifts of white cover the ground, smoothing out any sharp edges, even the tree branches are puffed with snow, and the light turns everything grey or black. It's a muffled world without edges, without colour or noise.

Later in the day, the sun will rise higher, and the sky might turn a deep blue. The pine trees will show their green colour, the tree trunks will look brown, and subtle reddish tints will appear on the barberry bushes. The wind might stir the branches of the scotch pines, making that creaking noise, and dogs will go by with their owners, barking.

But early in the morning, my world is grey and white and soft. Simple.

I've been asking members of the household to give me titles for blog posts, and this one comes from Film Guy, who took it from the lyrics to a Midlake song.

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Beautiful. We have a dusting of snow now too and I hope some more. Nathan and I actaully went slidding today. He was a hppay 5 yr old.

Can't wait for more and BEGONE warm weather for a while anyways.

Anonymous said...

As much as I, BeachMama, have been enjoying all the warm temperatures and lack of snow, I do have to admit that it wouldn't be so bad to see a little more of the white stuff. That and I am also feeling terrible for all the resort owners and employees that have been laid off. Oh yes, and our Canal, the longest skating rink in the world has no ice :).

Songbird said...

We got a spritzing, but nothing that stuck where it landed. Sigh.

Chip said...

wow you got a lot more snow than us. I'm really happy that it's gotten back to normal now.

landismom said...

That is beautiful! We only got flurries here today. But since it was 70 on Saturday, it still feels like winter has set on us.

Anonymous said...

Wow. That's beautiful. Love the title to go along with it.

Dr.K said...

On Monday, Dragon Boy and I went skiing--him for the first time, and for me it was my third, but the last was 25 years ago. I mastered the beginner's slope, learning to turn and stop, and even went up to the second level, a little bit steeper, a little bit longer. Next time--I'm taking the lift! Dragon Boy got tired and then terrified, but he'll catch on. At any rate, it's easier than snowboarding, which was impossible when we tried that. But I love the snow.

Listing Straight said...

I love being back in the land of grits and y'all, but giving up snow almost makes me reconsider. We like snow. We miss snow. I think we'll have to plan a vacation for a cabin in the woods where it snows. Thank you for the picture and the words that accompanied it.

YourFireAnt said...

You want a blog title? "Naked Blogger Steps Out".

I dare ya!

FA

jo(e) said...

FA: Well, if you want a photo to go with that title, you might have to wait for warmer weather ....

Anonymous said...

Beautiful! We actually have a chance for snow here this week! We rarely even get a chance for snow. It probably won't stick on the ground, but any snow is better than no snow. I am jealous of the beauty in your yard!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful snow. Glad it's at your house and not at mind!

Anonymous said...

The snow looks great, I'm glad you love it, and you can keep it right there, thankyaverymuch.

OneTiredEma said...

It's beautiful. I was happy to see snow when we visited my parents recently, especially because we could enjoy it without having anywhere to go in it!

Anonymous said...

I was just thinking the other day that last year I was reading all about your learning to snowboard, and this year you're taking walks and wearing a coat only out of habit and not due to need.

If this kind of weather keeps up, you might have to break down and buy a fan next summer.

joanna said...

Snow. Wow. We haven't had any this year. : (

Beautiful photo.

Anonymous said...

How lovely, that you can walk outside in your panties & no worries! (At least when it's not hunting season, right?)

It's snowing here too and veryvery cold -- single digits -- I got a friend to watch my kids in the morning and so I'm going up snowboarding!! Wee hoo!

YourFireAnt said...

You were outside in your panties??!!!!

FA

Anonymous said...

I wish we'd get some of that snow around here!