First Snow

Posted by karla (Omaha, United States) on 17 January 2012 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

The first snow we had this Fall was on November 2. It came down thick and heavy, though it melted away quickly in the next day or two. Each year as I see the first snowfall of the season, I stare in wonder, perhaps due to the transformative nature of it. This day was like being inside a snow globe. Snow is my mental connection---more so than rain or sunlight---to eons past, to times in which early humans huddled in cave shelters around fires to stay warm.They felt similar flakes on their cheeks and eyelashes. Perhaps their children stood with faces upward to catch snow flakes on their tongues, just as modern children do.

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Arnd from Basel, Switzerland

Love the words you paired with this beautiful winter wonderland.

17 Jan 2012 10:02am

@Arnd: Thank you, Arnd. I appreciate it.

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Lovely narrative here and, yes, a snowfall is a deep experience in strange ways. I love the silence it brings . . but not the mess it leaves afterward !

17 Jan 2012 10:15am

@Ronnie 2¢: The silence is lovely--the muffled hush, and sometimes the sparkle on some types of snow. And right, the slush, the shoveling, the grittiness from sand/gravel to prevent slipping!

Mary from PA, United States

Beautiful !

17 Jan 2012 11:14am

@Mary: Thank you, Mary!

Mariana M. from Waterloo, Canada

beautiful frame and tones

17 Jan 2012 1:08pm

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

A scene so familiar in a complementary tone. best…jf

17 Jan 2012 3:54pm

@ordinaryimages: Thanks, Jim, for your comment.

Richard Geven from Montferland, Netherlands

Awesome shot Karla!!! This could be in my town ;-)))

17 Jan 2012 5:55pm

@Richard Geven: Thanks, Richard! That's great, that it looks familiar. It's interesting how various architectural styles can span a country and then the world. Here in Omaha we have a vast variety. There is no one style that is prevalent, due in part to the age of the city and its location. We have it all...colonial revival (which is the brick [red] house you see here), Spanish, Victorian, Arts & Crafts, modern, current. It's quite a jumble!

Jim from Fort Worth, United States

Snow transforms the landscape in a beautiful way. It makes the everyday things new again. Lovely image.

17 Jan 2012 7:57pm

@Jim: It does indeed! thanks for your visit and sympathetic comment.

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

lovely sentiments to match the image.

17 Jan 2012 10:00pm

@Ted: Thanks, Ted, for visiting and commenting. Glad you enjoyed reading the text.

franz from Baden, Austria

beautifully framed! i love the very appealing winter mood here!

18 Jan 2012 10:04pm

@franz: Thanks, Franz. I appreciate it! A chance look out the kitchen window had me running for the camera. But it took a few months to get processing that looked right to me.

Anita from West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States

Interesting that snow connects you with the ancient past. Lovely tones in this image. No snow here since October.

20 Jan 2012 11:19am

Maria from California, United States

this is where you live? wow....looks like a scene from a fairy tale...so extremely beautiful, it would make a wonderful season greeting card

22 Jan 2012 8:26pm

@Maria: This is from my back window, looking across at the neighbor's house. :) Nice idea, about the card.

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