October Surprise – First Snowfall


We don’t usually get significent snowfall in October, at most, a few flurries. Yesterday, what was predicted to be ‘an inch of snow turning to rain’ turned into 3.5″ of heavy, wet snow with a topping of sleet. An October surprise!

While many trees have shed their leaves, there were plenty of shrubs and oaks with leaves still on and I worried that the soggy load would cause breakage. In the above photo, on the right is the weigela weighed down and just past the sunspace, the fothergilla is flattened. After I took these photos, I went around with a broom to knock off the excess. I’m glad to report all made it through fine and today are standing back up. The oak across the roadย lost a few branches, but it was sustainable. Not wasted, it will be windfallย firewood for us.

The Korean dogwood bends under its load and you can see the whiteout beyond.

img_6064And for those following my Tuesday Views, here’s the garden. You can see snowflakes falling past the camera and the little blue globe stands abandoned by its floral friends.ย The Eastern redbud shrub at the forest edge, and an oak behind it, still have leaves.

A stroll down to the river shows more whiteout and a just-turning American beech hunkers down. Below is the view upriver. It really is coming down heavily. My fingers are frozen, but it sure is pretty!img_6097

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101 Responses to October Surprise – First Snowfall

  1. Widdershins says:

    SNOW!!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Sabiscuit says:

    Hello! I love that river shot. I’m feeling chilly already. Stay warm and cozy this weekend. ๐Ÿ’•โค๏ธ

  3. Quite incredible. We have very good friends in Connecticut and they happened to email me yesterday and said “we have snow” and what’s more they said it was starting to stick. Of course the is then led to long conversations about the predicted harsh winter ahead etc etc. If you get a harsh winter, usually we do on the other side of the pond, the same Atlantic weather system maybe. Either way, today we had 23C low 70’s and it was gorgeous. Wishing you a little more good weather before winter and a happy weekend, stay snug and warm x

  4. Maria F. says:

    Beautiful images Eliza.

  5. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Wow – I beat that was a surprise. Nice in it’s own way but still – a bit early!

  6. It hit where I am as well, though there was nothing this good to shoot. At least it was an opportunity for some great shots.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      That is one way of looking at it. ๐Ÿ˜€ I had to go dig out my fingerless gloves afterwards. I wish I remembered them before I went out! Wet, cold, and a challenge to keep the camera lens dry! But, very beautiful in a wild, natural way.

  7. Cathy says:

    Now that IS early Eliza! I am glad you could brave the cold to get some lovely images to share with us. And I do hope the trees get a chance to shed their leaves before the next lot of snow comes your way!

  8. Laurie Graves says:

    Oh, my gosh! An October surprise, indeed. Lovely pictures, though.

  9. Wow that is early! It does Look beautiful โ˜ƒโ›„๏ธโ˜ƒ

  10. What a difference a day makes! The ‘two leaves’ shot is lovely. We got off lightly , only a dusting.

  11. Well, at least you have the ‘first’ out of the way. We’ve had rain but didn’t have to shovel it so I’m feeling lucky. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Ouch…not certain I really like seeing images of snow yet. We have had mostly rain in Montreal in the last few days but, crossing fingers, no snow in the forecast for the next 2 weeks…Nice shots. (Suzanne)

  13. Kris P says:

    When you indicated that your gardening season was coming to an end, you weren’t kidding! The contrast between your October 18th view and this one is remarkable. It’s sad to admit but I’ve only seen snow fall a couple of times in my life. On one occasion, I was in middle school and the flakes melted before they touched ground. In another case, my husband and I were driving north of Sacramento to visit family and rain slowly changed to snow – I actually asked my husband what it was because the evidence of my eyes didn’t compute!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Ah, SoCal living, I sometimes envy it (not in the hot summer though)!
      Yes, things here abruptly end, so it will be hothouse flowers from here on for the next few months. I already miss the hum of bees and cricket song. sigh

  14. Val Boyko says:

    That first unexpected snow is so magical! And the we really get our act together for the impending winter.
    Enjoy the textures and different perspectives … it will be the norm in the blink of an eye. ๐Ÿ’›

    • Eliza Waters says:

      IKR? The town crew had to scramble to get out the plows and I expect the tire centers are inundated. I prefer to just sit back and watch from the comfort of my chair near the woodstove. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  15. We had snow also. I took a picture of My dogs first paw prints in the snow for this year. Beautiful picture you took.

  16. Alice Pratt says:

    Nature surprises. Interesting “snow” forecast! I like the small branches, top left, of the Adirondack chair photo.

  17. Beautiful pictures, Eliza! I’m so not ready for winter.

  18. MK says:

    What a transformation! It’s quite beautiful.

  19. Anne says:

    This is a sight I won’t ever have in my garden, so it is good to view the snow from afar!

  20. Wow! It is some years since we had anything like this

  21. Where in the world is it that is colder than the south of Norway at the end of October?

  22. Oh, that is an October surprise! It is beautiful, but I will say that I am not upset we didn’t get something similar!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      I know, it’ll come soon enough, right? No need to rush things. ๐Ÿ˜‰ We still have snow in the shady spots even though it has been above freezing (but not by much).

  23. Shocking…especially since it will be in the 80s here again next week. Glad your shrubs weren’t damaged.

  24. Sue Vincent says:

    Beautiful! It will be a while before we get our first down here in the south…if we get any at all. Some years we don’t…and then I miss it.

  25. Christina says:

    So quick! Your view really has changed, I can understand why you changed the Tuesday view but more than anything I can see why your summer flowers are so important to you.

  26. natalyadrian says:

    That’s amazing! It’s boiling hot over here in Taiwan ๐Ÿ˜‰

  27. Wow, seems early for these gorgeous photographs.

  28. Just checking …. nope! I don’t miss it! ๐Ÿ˜€ xo

  29. Jane Lurie says:

    Brrr…it has arrived. Your images are so lovely especially the fall leaves with snow and your Adirondack chairs by the stream. How serene, Eliza.

  30. Bun Karyudo says:

    Your surroundings look beautiful in the snow too.

  31. Chloris says:

    Oh my goodness, it is beautiful but what a shame when you have been enjoying all that autumn colour so recently, to be plunged so abruptly into a monochrome world.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Chloris. It has thankfully all melted, but knocked everything down, including the grasses. We spent hours doing cleanup today. I miss the bees and flowers already.

  32. Nice post documenting just one of Mother Nature’s surprises … she keeps us on our toes!

  33. bittster says:

    Well I have to say I’m just not ready for that yet. Hopefully it waits a few more weeks before we get our dose!

  34. Giaskyler says:

    Surprise indeed ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. srickman2014 says:

    Oh my! The weather here has been so mild that we haven’t even thought about snow. I hope that your snow is not a sign of a rough winter ahead!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      My spouse says that when he grew up they said the calendar number of the first snowfall predicts the number of storms that will come that winter. In this case, 27!!! I hope that is just an old wives tale. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  36. Brian Skeys says:

    Please don’t send it over here just yet!๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง

  37. Oh my goodness, that is too early.

  38. Brenda says:

    A little poor man’s fertilizer in October. In whatever form, the moisture is most welcome, no? Still, it must have been a shock.

  39. Kathy Sturr says:

    Beautiful Eliza! Our first snow is long gone – receiving more life giving rain today. I do miss the snow sometimes, some times. I am looking forward to my travels soon.

  40. Jewels says:

    I must have missed this one when you posted it Eliza, so beautiful, I love the first snow! โค

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