Friday, October 10, 2008

A Snowy Surprise


Life is full of little surprises! Just when I was adjusting to the change from summer to autumn, a real cold spell arrived, and changed the mood completely! In the valley, there was a definite chill in the air this morning. Brent decided it was a good day to go to the mountains for another pick-up load of firewood, and I decided to ride along. We were half way up the mountain when the landscape changed from greens and golds to a dusting of beautiful white. Snow was coating tree branches and leaving a skiff of carpet on the ground below. It seemed so amazing, especially when I thought of the hot weather on the mountain just a few short weeks ago. Isn't it beautiful? A picture cannot do fresh snow justice, though.

Most of the snow had melted in our meadow clearing, as the sunshine is not masked by trees and growth. But the mountain ridges beyond were a medley of sunshine and shadow. Storm clouds and sun's rays melded to create a scene that changed from moment to moment as the winds shifted and the clouds wafted here and there. Majestic!

At the high elevation, my lavender had not bloomed until a few short weeks ago. It still is vibrant and beautiful, but is now dusted with white, powdery snow! Just when I was getting used to the idea of autumn --- arrives winter! A very toasty fire and a bowl of hot soup seemed a perfect way to celebrate winter's arrival on the mountain. Welcome!

14 comments:

  1. It is beautiful...like the sugar on the cake. Hope, however, that autumn has many more weeks to delight you before winter arrives. How'd the embroidery go?

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  2. Early yesterday morning when I saw pictures of the first snowfall of the season in the Oregon mountains I wanted to get in my car and go see for myself. I longed to be in the Cascades, the Blues or Wallowas - somewhere in Oregon in the snow! Thank you for taking me there! Winter is truly just around the corner. I'm glad for the break from the cold front for a few days, though. Much to be done here before winter keeps us indoors.
    ~Adrienne~

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  3. What beautiful pictures. We have been having such lovely fall days that it's hard to imagine snow right now. I love fall, so I hope it lasts a little longer here in my neck of the woods.

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  4. Oh gorgeous. . it would be a perfect Waltons mountain Thanksgiving scene. I talked to a girl in the grocery store that said she was headed to the mountains to a cabin for Thanksgiving. . I thought of you. . .
    Blessings on our Thanksgiving weekend.

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  5. BERNIDEEN1:07 PM

    Yours is the first phot of snow....very pretty!

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  6. OOhh snow. That's early in the season. Enjoy your fire. We have a fire in our stove too, even it isn't snowing.

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  7. The snow looks so lovely....

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  8. Beautiful photos. I love the light dusting of snow on the pines! We got our earliest snow this week. Just like you, we jumped from autumn to winter. It's so cold tonight! I'm hoping it will warm a bit... I'd like a little more autumn.

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  9. Anonymous2:51 PM

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    2:45 PM

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  10. I can hardly believe that the snow has arrived there already! Wow--winter will so quickly be upon us. Thanks for all of the lovely pictures!

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  11. Cozy ....lavendar in the snow...hmmm, that must be a feast for the eyes. Not sure I am ready quite yet, still don't have the flannel on the beds yet.

    Kimmie
    mama to 6
    one homemade and 5 adopted

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  12. Lovely to see the snow at this early time!

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  13. My stars! I can't even comprehend snow yet! Today as humid, warm, with a bit of rain and our leaves are just beginning to turn. It seems so strange to see all the weather patterns in other areas. Your skiff of snow was lovely. I love snow and we get more ice than snow. Thanks for sharing!

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