Friday, November 21, 2008


Snow! This is what greeted me when I stepped out of the cabin this morning. This truly counts as an actual dusting of snow, not a pretend dusting like I had yesterday morning. For most of this week the sky has looked like snow, and I’ve seen flurries and flakes almost every day. But since nothing much was coming out of the sky, I’d gotten out of the habit of expecting it to amount to anything.

Then around 4 a.m. I woke up and saw into the forest from my bed. The woods looked light, almost as though the sun was soon coming up. I think it was this false dawn that woke me up. I knew as soon as I looked out that it was snowing. When it snows in the woods at night, the sky turns a pale shade of tin gray that I only see in winter. This is the snow sky, and as the clouds lower, they brighten the surrounding forest even before the first flakes cover the ground.

Later, after I’d gotten up, I could see the snow was heavy enough to coat the decks and this year’s leaves that fell only last week. The dogs even tried to run through the snow with their noses acting like a snow plow. That didn’t quite work. Maybe next time.

Snowmaking at Roundtop will start tonight, which will likely make the season’s opening sometime over Thanksgiving weekend, though it will be several more days before we can yet know a precise date. Winter is arriving, one little step at a time.


troutbirder said...

Really enjoyed the pictures of your woodland home. Thanks!

Dana and Daisy said...

this is a very strange thing, this internet! It is weird that I know it snowed where you live.

okay, maybe if I watched the weather channel I would know that too, but it seems more personal when I see your snow photos.

My blog address has changed. Just noticed you still have the cabin chronicles in your links. I am blogging under the address

It is more of an all of me blog. Hope you enjoy it and will change your link list.
Love, Dana

Carolyn H said...

Thanks, Dana. sometimes I don't get around to updating my links.

Carolyn H.

Carolyn H said...

Troutbirder: Thanks for stopping by!

Carolyn H.

Debra said...

I found you at Phyllis's blog, and was intrigued by the cabin photo. I was also interested in your entry about Yellow Billed Cuckoos. They are one of my favorite 'sounds' (since I never see them) of early summer. We have one or two of them every year, and I don't feel quite right all summer unless I hear one.
Love your pictures. We visited Round Top when we toured Gettysburg. Beautiful area.

Carolyn H said...

Debra: This Roundtop Mtn. is not one of the Gettysburg Roundtop mountains, which are 20-couple miles from me. Gettysburg has both Big Roundtop and Little Roundtop. Mine is just Roundtop. A lot of the old mountains around here have round tops (and many are called Roundtop or Round Top or Big Roundtop or...well, you get the idea).

Thanks for visiting!

Carolyn H.

pablo said...

Such a lovely photo.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Carolyn, You finally got some REAL snow!!! I'm jealous!!! Did you get out and take a walk? I love to walk after a nice snow.

Cathy said...

Yea!! You got some good snow finally!! I woke up yesterday with a another dusting of snow.

It's been cold too but the ski areas are loving that. Big Boulder and Camelback are now open. Which gave me a chuckle, it made the front page of the Pocono Record. Plus the local tv news. Does the Roundtop make the front page when it opens?

Carolyn H said...

Cathy: Roundtop will open sometime next weekend. The local TV news crews always arrive here whenever we start to make snow, then again on opening day. It was 18 degrees this a.m., so it's plenty cold enough!

Pablo: thanks! Fall was just a week ago.

Betsy: I walked around a bit last evening after work. Now the snow isn't as pretty as before I walked on it!

Carolyn H.

jeff said...

Nice photo! I love photos that remind me of the beauty of late fall in the east.

Anonymous said...

What a great picture! Everything has a blue hue except for your lovely snow covered pumpkins!!!

Carolyn H said...

letspaintnature: the blue hue is because I took the photo very early in the morning, and it was still cloudy too. 10 minutes earlier and I think it would have been too early to get a photo at all.

Jeff: Thanks. I got the pumpkins from my near-neighbor's orchard. He put an acre or so in pumpkins this year.

Carolyn H.