Well, winter suddenly descended last week with a blast of strong wind that was followed a few days later by a thin blanket of snow. This was enough of a shock to my system - I'm very thankful I don't live in south Buffalo, New York, right now!
While nothing too exciting has happened with this seasonal change, above and beyond earlier-than-usual cold weather with a couple inches of snow, it still seems like I ought to celebrate the arrival of winter with a brief post. So here goes.
Since there was little transition between the relatively warm fall weather and a cold snap more typical of January than mid-November, quite a few trees and shrubs were caught with leaves in place. Thankfully, we didn't get ice, so the leaves simply freeze-dried in place. Some species, like cottonwood, have gone ahead and shed the remainder of their leaves. Others, like the oaks, are still sporting a green coat.
I didn't get out to take photos until 2 days after the snow fell, so I have no glorious shots of snow, quietly sifting out of the sky, or sitting heavily on the branches of the trees, but there was still enough snow around to document the start of winter.
Each year is so unique - I wonder what THIS winter will bring? Is this early snow the sign of much more to come? Or is this the only snow we'll get all season? There's no way to know so, as always, we'll take the new season, day by day, week by week, month by month. Suspense - natural style.