We recently had two snow days in the Greater Vancouver area. Schools were cancelled in many communities in the region, traffic was disrupted, and people were inconvenienced. The snow-covered world was beautiful to see and photograph, however.
Snow can certainly bring problems, which are sometimes serious in situations such as traffic accidents or the isolation of people who need help. When no one is in trouble, though, exploring a snow-covered area can be magical.
In this post I share photos that I’ve taken in the last few days, quotes about snow that I like, and some notes about the joys brought by a snowy environment.
A snow day literally and figuratively falls from the sky unbidden and seems like a thing of wonder. Quote from Susan Orlean, a U.S. journalist and author
The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found? Quote from J.B. Priestly, a British writer (1894-1984)
Snow creates responses that reach right back to childhood. Quote from Andy Goldsworthy, a British sculptor
The photo above shows a different creek from the first photo, although the two creeks eventually join. If you look carefully, you may see three mallards in the water on the right of the photo. Two of them are males. In front of them is a female. You may also see the falling snow against the darkness of the creek background. The group of ducks didn’t seem to mind the snow.
I see a male and female mallard each February on the creek. They pair up in preparation for mating. This year I saw two males and a female, which I’ve never seen on the creek before. One of the males disappeared for a couple of days, but during the current bout of snow I discovered that he (assuming it’s the same bird) has returned. The female seems unperturbed about having two suitors. It would nice to known the outcome of the trio’s association.
There’s just something beautiful about walking in snow that nobody else has walked on. It makes you believe you’re special. Quote from Carol Rifka Brunt, an American writer
Silently, like thoughts that come and go, the snowflakes fall, each one a gem. Quote from William Hamilton Gibson, an American artist, writer, and naturalist (1850-1896)
Kindness is like snow—it beautifies everything it covers. Quote from Kahlil (or Khalil) Gibran, a Lebanese-American writer and artist (1883-1931)
A covering of snow can be magical, as J.B. Priestly said. Fresh, untrampled snow on a path is a welcoming sight. It always seems like a personal invitation offering me a chance to explore a new world. The fact that this world will disappear soon makes it especially enticing.
Familiar objects are covered by a fresh and sparkling coat and items that are unattractive in their ordinary lives become beautiful. If the snowstorm is followed by a blue sky, the combination of white and blue can be wondrous.
One local weather forecast predicts that rain will fall today, which means the snow will gradually disappear. Another forecast has issued a snow warning. Given the frequent inaccuracy of the predictions and a temperature that is hovering above and below the freezing point, the weather situation in the near future is uncertain.
We may or may not get more snow this season. My part of the world generally has mild winters, but nature may have at least one more treat in store for us. I hope she does.