Friday, January 3, 2014

Winter's First Snow! - Garden Blanketed

We got our first significant snow of the winter and I am so excited to finally be able to get some photographs!  This is the first real snow we have had since last February and the three prior snow shower events came and went so quickly that all was melted before pictures could be taken.  Winter storm Hercules arrived yesterday, reaching its full potential by evening, and exited this morning.  It is 16 degrees outside with a wind chill of -2 and we are blanketed under 12 inches of glorious snow.  With the help of a zoom lens I was able to take some photos from the small cleared area we have under our protected overhang. 
Winter's Snow on Birdbath
Snow Covered Spirea
Snow on Barberry
Pool Area Under Snow
Side Yard Garden Blanketed in Snow
Side Yard Garden with Hydrangea in Snow
Weeping Norway Spruce Covered in Snow in front of Pool
Winter's Snow Shadows
Snow Covered Blue Globe Spruce
Storm Clearing this Morning
Winter Storm Come and Gone By This Afternoon
 
It's is a amazing how the snow can come and go so quickly. Just yesterday we were preparing for blizzard like conditions and now we are blanketed in snow and the sun is out and shining in the blue sky.  It is way too cold to be outside but from the window the snow glistens in the sunlight and there is a peaceful stillness.  Winter storm Hercules is long gone and we are warm and cozy inside.  Hope you enjoyed the photos!  Life is good.
 
As Always...Happy Gardening!
 
Author: Lee@A Guide To Northeastern Gardening, Copyright 2014. All rights reserved.
 
 

35 comments:

  1. Lovely winter photos! We don’t get snow like this in London ever, but it brings back memories from when I used to live in Norway :-)

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    1. I love the winter snow photo days and get so excited when we have our first storm. It gets old by the end of February and then I can't wait for spring to arrive but I do love the different seasons. Glad this brought back memories for you!

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  2. Yup. Looks the same here and there's more snow coming Monday. I heard JFK airport was shut down this morning. You guys really did get a good blast. I know we're supposed to live in the moment but I'd rather live in a summer moment :)

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    1. We did get quite a bit of snow and they shut down the expressway and parkways as well so they could plow and keep people off the streets. I'd rather live in the summer moment as well but for now photographing the snow is nice when it first comes down.

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  3. How interesting. You're excited about your first snow, and I'm ready for it to end. We've have nearly constant snow since Thanksgiving. And now the record cold will come. Brrr... Lovely photos, though!

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    1. I feel for you. Luckily we haven't been getting our major snow storms until January and February but by the end of the winter I am so ready for spring! The snow is so beautiful though and as a photography enthusiast I was longing to get some new winter photos! We got enough snow for photos and then some!

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  4. ooohhhhh we are sisters, we really are!! i have many "snow" images that are so similar to yours, i have all the same plant life growing in my yard!! i too, had so much fun photographing and playing in the snow!!

    it did come and go quickly, i prefer snow during the day, when i can watch it!! i will speak to mother nature about that ;)

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    1. We had the snow all day and by nine o'clock at night it really picked up. By the next morning we were blanketed and it was time to bring out the camera! It is way too cold to be outside here but I love using the zoom lens to capture the photos. The snow is glistening like crystals in the sunlight today. I loved your photos of the birds and snow!

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  5. You are very brave indeed! I have no desire to venture out in all that white, but will admit from indoors cuddled under a blanket it looks almost magical.

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    1. Thank you for visiting. I am not so brave...today is a good day for staying in with a cup of tea. I am also enjoying looking at the rose photos on your blog..very nice!

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  6. I'm pleased you are excited about the snow Lee - I love when it snows but we don't get quite so much as you have had.
    Perfect winter images.

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    1. Thank you Angie. We did get quite a bit so it will be around for a while until it warms up. I hope you have good luck with your pergola. It will look beautiful when it is all done.

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  7. Beautiful winter pictures! Your garden has great bones - lots of structure to look at in winter. I need to work on that in my garden for sure... winter is so loooong...

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    1. Thank you Rebecca! I have always had a love for evergreens and they do provide a framework in winter, especially in the snow. I enjoyed your lovely post on peonies...gets me thinking of spring.

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  8. Ciao, ho appena scoperto il tuo blog! Molto bello con delle stupende immagini, complimenti! Ti seguirò con piacere!

    Un saluto!

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    1. Grazie per la visita e per le sue cortesi osservazioni! Mi piace visitare il tuo blog. (Thank you for visiting and for your kind comments! I will enjoy visiting your blog as well.)

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  9. First let me say thank-you for your comments on my blog. As I scrolled through your blog,I like what I'm seeing. The snow pictures are beautiful,even though I live where we get lots and also VERY cold temperatures.Looking forward to many more visits to your blog.

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    1. Thank you for your nice words Ruth. I am gald to have found you as well and admire your photography. I am looking forward to visiting often!

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  10. Wow, Lee! What a lot of snow! It is 3 degrees here right now. It is supposed to be so cold tomorrow, that school in my city has been canceled for the day. I wish it would go ahead and snow as long as we are staying inside.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment.

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    1. Hi Sue. The snow was pretty while it lasted so I am glad to have gotten some photos. It poured all day today and the snow is all gone. Now we have record freezing temperatures of 0 degrees F, a chill factor of -15 and 50 mph winds in the forecast for tomorrow...brrr.

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  11. I enjoyed your photos very much! I was lucky to see a few snowflakes this morning. I am enjoying our subfreezing temps inside my house with a blazing fire in the hearth, but no snow for us!

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    1. Thank you! The idea of a blazing fire sounds good with these frigid tempertures. Our temperatures are taking a dive again this evening and tomorrow...not fit for human or beast! Hope you stay wam and cozy!

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  12. Your photos of your winter wonderland are beautiful.. And the last shot of the sunburst is lovely. Have a great day and stay warm..

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    1. Glad you enjoyed Eileen and thank you! It is 7 degrees F outside right now so I am staying in with a hot cup of tea. I hope we get warmer weather soon!

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  13. Brrr ! Looks very inviting - but only through the window! Love the photos, especially the one with the long blue shadows :-)

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    1. It has been frigid Jane but is finally warming up a little. Your rose photos keep me thinking of spring!

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  14. It is only early January and already we have had lots of snow and freezing temperatures. It does have its beauty though as your pictures demonstrate.

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    1. Thanks Jennifer. I just keep thinking the daylight hours are getting longer and spring is on its way. Winter is a good time though for catching up on blog posts and planning the garden for warmer days ahead!

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  15. Your enthusiasm is contagious! It's so fun when folks who haven't had much snow, get some--it reignites the child-like viewpoint. We haven't had fresh snow for quite a while, but thankfully we had quite a bit on the ground to protect the plants during the polar vortex. Great photos, Lee!

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    1. It was fun Beth...running out there with my camera after waiting for the first snow scene for some time. It does bring back childhood memories of snow angels and building snowmen. I am longing for spring though (my favorite time of year) and can't wait to get back out into the garden!

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    2. Our snows have come and gone two - maybe even three times - this winter. Temperatures varying from minus 20 and windy! to 50 degrees and raining. What a winter.

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  16. Beautiful pictures!! I love a garden in winter with all the lovely white.

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    1. Thanks Erin. The winter wonderland is beautiful but cold! I enjoyed your winter photos of the ice that is hitting you. It certainly has been an interesting winter with more cold and snow on the way! Spring will be very welcomed! Stay warm.

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