Autumn Meets Winter

My last post was pretty negative about the whole situation with the snowstorm, since the blackout was definitely not very fun. But having a snowstorm in the middle of autumn also provided some beautiful and astonishing scenery. It was very unexpected to see flashes of gold, red, yellow and orange peeking out through the white carpet that covered every branch, leaf and patch of grass. Obviously I couldn’t help but take lots of pictures, so I figured I’d share some of them with you, to share the good side of the snowstorm too.

Hope you enjoy and please feel free to comment or share any of your pictures.

The pumpkins were confused...
I loved seeing the flash of orange under all that snow!
The snow was definitely piling on at this point...but the branches hadn't started breaking - yet.
Still before disaster struck - branches were still up, power was still on. Although I had to admit, whether with or without power, the sight was beautiful.
The colors were even more stunning the next day - most of the snow had melted off the trees, but just enough was left to make such a beautiful contrast between autumn and winter. And that gorgeous blue sky was the perfect backdrop.
The fiery colored leaves on the white, crisp snow was definitely one of my favorite sights. It was such an odd and unexpected mix, but truly lovely.
Couldn't help taking a close-up! Really, really loved those gorgeous autumn leaves on the fresh snow. The storm caused a lot of damage, and the blackout was pretty awful, but it also made some beautiful and rare scenery that we were lucky to see.

Snowstorm Time Lapse

While I collect my thoughts (or rants) on our ongoing blackout for a ‘proper’ post, while still waiting for our power to come back on, I’ll leave you with these pictures of the storm, while taking advantage of my brother-in-law’s internet and heating.

Hope you enjoy!

13:20 on 29 October 2011 - The First Flakes

 

15:22 on 29 October 2011 - Still enjoying the view at this point, since we still have power. Boy, didn't that change quickly.

 

16:59 on 29 October 2011 - You may not see much of a difference between this picture and the last one, but please observe that not only is there more snow on the ground, but the branches are also lower. By the by, at this point, we had already lost power. But not hope. We lost that when it started seeming like power was never coming back. We're still waiting - - for hope and power.
8:41 on 30 October 2011 - The Morning After. Don't let the blue sky fool you, it was just a masquerade to trick you into thinking everything would be ok. Not cool. Cold, very cold, but not cool. I'd rather the treats, not the tricks at Halloween.

 

16:16 on 30 October 2011 - As you can see, the unbroken branches have regained their proper posture, unlike the previous photo where they were weighed down by the seemingly never ending dark and cold. Oh wait, my mistake, that was us, not the trees. The trees were just momentarily weighed down by the snow piling up on their leaves.