Unexpected: First snow on the mountains

How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains!  – John Muir

First snow in the mountains acrross the lake - Nov. 2013


Despite all I have seen and experienced, I still get the same simple thrill out of glimpsing a tiny patch of snow in a high mountain gully and feel the same urge to climb towards it.  –  Edmund Hillary

Coast Mountain Range, BC


For me, the first snow in the mountains always comes as an unexpected surprise . . .

View from our deck


Cheers to the coming of winter in the Northern Hemisphere

Posted in response to the weekly photo challenge: Unexpected


19 thoughts on “Unexpected: First snow on the mountains

  1. how lovely and so breathtaking from the photos – it must be triple the effect in reality. i can see this being a totally unexpected moment. blessings for sure. 🙂

    • It is indeed, Sun. What is sort of also amazing is what the photos don’t convey. I think of the poetry and stories you write and how in many ways they actually show a more complete picture than these photos.

      For example, the second photo was taken from a large ferry on the way to see our grandchildren, and it is about 15 miles from Canada’s 3rd largest metropolis,Vanacouver.

      The 1st and 3rd photos were taken from our secluded wilderness home looking two different directions across the lake. The nearest small village of 1000 people – also about 15 miles away.

      They say a picture is worth a 1000 words – sometimes I wonder about that.

      • what a lovely blessing to have a secluded home surrounded by such beautiful landscape. like living in heaven all the time. nice.
        images are wonderful tools that help nourish the imagination, for me anyway, and so grateful for the human eyesight that allows us to see so much.
        wishing you a happy Thanksgiving weekend, Bruce – cheers!

    • Right – people who want the snow can go up. Like Edmund Hilary.

      Luckily for us the Pacific west coast is considered the banana belt of Canada. We might see snow three of four times each winter and it disappears (in [plain sight) within days!

      We have been occasionally snow bound though. Being self employed, I don’t mind being stuck at home now and then.

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  3. Here in Northern Vermont, we have a little 2-3″ of snow on the ground now and are waiting for our early Christmas gift of snow due this afternoon. SNOW POWER!

    Great picts as usual, Bruce. I was duckhunting about 2-3 miles from the eastern Canadian border this past weekend, and I kept screaming “BRUUUUUCE….WHERE ARE YOOOOUUUUU? You must have had your ears focused somewhere else. Pay attention, man!

    • Wonderful indeed, the snow. We are having an incredibly sunny fall here in the pacific northwest, with almost no rain. Usually the rainy season starts in October, and we’re talking about 180 inches per year.

      The down side, is the realiziation of the unusually beautfiful weather has come from a cost to the planet. Like a tasty grape that has depleted the aquifer.

      Loved your post about bicycle riding and stopping for water at the winery David. Sad though, the owners attitude. Let them eat cake! I don’t really mean that . . . 🙂

      • wow, no rain up there? wishing you joyful non-rainy weather, Bruce. I still wear a silver Hopi ring with water symbols to remind me that they are always praying and dancing for enough rain, for the well-being of all. I won’t do a rain dance, and counter their efforts.
        Thanks for your thoughts on the winery visit. Somehow it seemed symbolic of a pervasive attitude. Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone could eat cake and drink wine like it’s 1999, and no bad karma?

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