Thursday, October 29, 2009

Colorado Snowstorm -- My Photos

I took a snow day yesterday. I finished reading The Ghosts of Belfast by Stuart Neville (which I highly recommend for thriller fans), took a nap, and avoided work, which is why there was no blog post earlier this morning.

We cancelled our travel plans for the weekend. And I took a few photos so I could show off our gorgeous Northern Colorado weather. This shot on the right is a bit of whimsy that ended up all over me when I opened the gate this morning.

Here's the rest of the story. Earlier this week there was a spectacular sunrise:


Late Tuesday evening the snow began to fall:


By Wednesday morning we had plenty of snow on the ground and the forecast of more to come:

















By this morning, when I stepped outside to get the paper and take a few more photos, the silence was incredible. With the deep blanket of snow on the ground, no traffic, no wind, and not one single branch snapping under the weight of the snow, it was a special moment. We don't get to hear that kind of quiet very often these days.

Our official total snowfall so far is close to twenty inches. Since the wind is picking up, and is especially fierce to the east of I-25, roads are closing and drifts are growing. Where we live near the foothills in Northern Colorado, however, the snow may have run its course. It will be sunny over the weekend, and we'll be out and about in sweatshirts instead of overcoats and mufflers. In the meanwhile, this is what it looks like today:

















Note the depth of the snow on the flat bird feeder to the left compared to the Wednesday photo above left.

10 comments:

Elspeth Antonelli said...

What beautiful photos! I never get tired of the sight of snow on tree branches. It's poetry.

Elspeth

Karen Walker said...

Ooh, I'm jealous. It's snowing in Albuquerque right now, but it won't last more than a few hours, and it won't stick down in the valley where I live. Only on the mountains. You live in a slice of heaven, Patricia.
Karen

Terry Odell said...

It's 5:30 pm here. It's 89 degrees.

Patricia Stoltey said...

Terry, you know you're gonna love the snow when you're living here in Colorado (although maybe not so much in October).

Margot Kinberg said...

Oh, thanks for sharing these!! They are *gorgeous!* I so miss winter....

Jeanie said...

Beautiful pictures. I made it out yesterday, a day early because I was afraid the airport would really be a mess today. I know what you mean by the snow and the quiet...it is really wonderful.

Elizabeth Bradley said...

Wow what a snowfall. It's sunny here and about 70 degrees, and everyone thinks it's cold! Enjoy, love the beautiful photos.

Carol Kilgore said...

Your birdfeeder is wearing a top hat. Beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing.

Brian, the old man said...

I love your photographs. I remember all the snow we use to get in my youth. Now living in Georgia I don't get to see it too often. I miss it when I see beautiful photos like these.

Have a great weekend and Happy Halloween!

Rayna M. Iyer said...

If they are not the most gorgeous photographs I have ever seen!!!
Wish I could spend a Fall and Winter in Colorado. Haven't ever seen even snow :-(