First Snow Meditation
The time between the departure of the last fall color and the first snow is always hard. Ohio’s cloudy late November skies don’t help.
It is true that even with the lack of snow cold weather can provide fascinating things to look at.
Ice patterns along the Big Darby, (Donna)
However, given the recent brown grey landscape, todays light snow beckoned us to venture out and again wonder at the transformation.
Picnic table, Griggs Park.
With snow outlining shoreline branches the view across the reservoir was now quite different.
Boats on the opposite shore, Griggs Reservoir.
Mallards, even with snow on their backs, didn’t seem too bothered.
Recalling pictures taken a few days earlier it was easy to imagine that the birds were in a better mood without the cold wet snow.
Female Downy Woodpecker, Griggs Park, (Donna).
Black Ducks along the Scioto River, (Donna).
Except maybe for this guy.
Grumpy White-throated Sparrow, Griggs Park, (Donna)
We continued our walk along the Scioto River seeing and hearing nuthatches, kinglets, creepers, and kingfishers but mostly just enjoying the place.
Just below Griggs Dam
Water soon to be ice.
The snow clings to the trees.
A small shallow pond freezes over early.
Rocks which might have gone unnoticed before.
In the stillness the snow continues to fall.
Unlike an April snowfall a late November or early December first snow is always magic. It opens our eyes to a world whose subtle beauty had been forgotten and is now again new. Thanks for stopping by.
In the holiday spirit a bulb had been placed on a tree along the reservoir, Griggs Park.
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