First Snow

The early morning light shone blue, the wind tossing the frozen branches like sleepy dancers, to and fro. The last leaves of autumn, that yesterday were bare, are heavy with snow. Initially wet and sticky, now frozen in place, clinging to what was once the green hope of spring. Strawberry plant vines hang lifeless, while a stray snowflake or two fall, twisting in the gusty breeze. As the minutes pass, the light morphs from blue to gray, daring to illuminate the paint job brought overnight by mother nature. The season’s first snow.

The boy has been excited for weeks at the prospect of a wintry wonderland scene, wanting to capture the perspective that was once available only to birds. Low clouds clinging to the tops of trees skirt the mountain, creating drama, but gusting winds will make for a challenging flight.

As the vista becomes even more illuminated, thumps emanate from the boy’s bedroom, evidence that he’s voluntarily up and about, earlier than he’s been in weeks. The snowy scenery beckons.

Buoyed at the thought of grabbing the photo-op that is rare, the mom, already up and tending the wood stove, gets her own aircraft out, powering it up to check that everything is up to date and ready to fly.

After a few updates, and digging out snow boots, warm jackets, and knit caps, the pair ventures out to the snowy yard and captures the first snow of the season, from a bird’s-eye view.

snow on treetops

Snow on cedars (and firs).

snowy river from above

Aerial view of our small river.

looking north toward the mountains

Looking upriver, towards the river valley.

Enjoy a few of my drone photos! I used a Phantom 3 Professional.

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About mariner2mother

I'm a mother of a very spirited 15 year old son, and a former merchant ship's deck officer. To feed my creative side I take photos. I am also Reiki attuned and am a student of Energy Healing, having used several healing modalities to work on myself and my family. Our most recent adventure has me homeschooling my teenager.
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8 Responses to First Snow

  1. The Hook says:

    I loathe the winter but we need the changing of the seasons to remind of us that life is a journey not a static… something.
    Okay, so this fell apart like the Titanic.
    Great post though.

    • Thanks Robert. (You made me giggle). I still get jazzed by the first snow of the season. And yes, the changing of seasons does help remind us that life is cyclical, as is everything.

  2. Not ready for winter in terms of the cold, icy weather. But I do appreciate this time of year for more inspiration and writing energy. Great pics!

  3. What beautiful photos!

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