The Beauty of Snow Again

The Beauty of Snow Again

As many of you know, I’ve lived in the desert, in the Phoenix area, for almost thirty years. During that time, it has snowed twice in the Valley of the Sun. Each time was magical, mostly because it was so rare to see all that white on the ground. I find snow, and especially photographs of snow, heart-achingly beautiful. Maybe it’s easier for me to say that since I don’t have to live with the daily challenges of moving snow around to get to a vehicle, or to clear a walkway, or to prep a garden for a snowy winter season. I don’t have to watch the roadside-snow turn brown from the local movement of automobiles. I don’t have to worry about accidentally driving into a ditch when the snowfall blurs the road markers. Instead, I can think very sentimentally about the sheer beauty of snow without any of the consequences.

The Beauty of Snow Videos: Here is a gorgeous, 6-minute video featuring a slide-show of lovely snowy scenes. Here’s a relaxing, 1-hour video of falling snow accompanied by lovely piano music.

FunFacts about Snow: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Snow comprises individual ice crystals that grow while suspended in the atmosphere—usually within clouds—and then fall, accumulating on the ground where they undergo further changes. It consists of frozen crystalline water throughout its life cycle, starting when, under suitable conditions, the ice crystals form in the atmosphere, increase to millimeter size, precipitate and accumulate on surfaces, then metamorphose in place, and ultimately melt, slide or sublimate away. 
  • The major snowy areas of the globe include the polar region and Antarctica, the northernmost half of the northern hemisphere, mountainous regions worldwide and the mountainous regions of the southern hemisphere.
  • Snow develops in the clouds.
  • Lake effect snow, quote: Lake-effect snow is produced during cooler atmospheric conditions when a cold air mass moves across long expanses of warmer lake water, warming the lower layer of air which picks up water vapor from the lake, rises up through the colder air above, freezes and is deposited on the leeward (downwind) shores. (Source)
  • Snowflakes can be classified.
  • A snowflake is a single ice crystal.

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29 thoughts on “The Beauty of Snow Again

  1. I never get to see snow so pictures and videos always make it seem so beautiful. I imagine it can be a hassle if you have to deal with it for weeks on end, though!

  2. Ahhh, snow. My husband and I lived in Missouri for approximately 4 years total when stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri and I absolutely LOVED snow and all it’s danger and sheer beauty. I had never experienced it before, having been born and raised in Hawaii. We have since moved back to Hawaii after his Military retirement and I miss the seasons oh so very much. He said I loved snow because I never HAD to go out in the cold as he did when out on assignment or training. But I love my memories of the beauty of it. Also had so much fun playing in it also. Perhaps one day I will experience it again.
    Merry Christmas everyone.

    I enjoyed your email with photos very much, Caris, thank you.

  3. Absolutely gorgeous photos. I do love the snow too look at however I live in the snow belt so it’s not always fun. Merry Christmas or which ever holiday you celebrate.

  4. I don’t see much snow either here in South Louisiana. I loved the videos and photos – so beautiful. I love the cold and my husband hates.
    I hope everyone has a wonderful Holiday. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

  5. We moved from Connecticut to Florida and have now missed two winters. I miss seeing the snow but the driving and the clearing. Beautiful pictures. I think my favorite is the first town picture. Welcome back!

  6. So glad you are back! As for snow, it is beautiful when fresh. And I love when I don’t have to drive in it or shovel it.

  7. I grew up in New England. Although snow scenes are beautiful to look at I’ve still had enough to last me a lifetime. Living in the South is mostly snowless but I don’t need a snow shovel anymore. LOL.
    I’ll just look at the pretty pictures.

  8. Welcome back Caris-missed your blogs. I enjoyed all the pictures but my favs are #7 & #16. We don’t get much snow here in our part of Arizona and being an ex-easterner I miss it at Christmas. We haven’t had any for many years now at Christmas or Christmas Eve. 🙁 AZ

  9. Love the pictures ! At one time we had 3 acre of land near Steven pass . In Washington. We would go snow hiking with the dog he loved , sometimes the snow would be almost 4ft. Deep! Your pictures bring back good memories! !

  10. I’m from Western NY but now live in NE Ohio. I love the cold and the snow and live here happily :). My favorite photo is of the snow cover forest trees.

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

  11. I live in NY so we have snow. I am more than ready to head west. We’ve been to your area several times and loved it. I can live without the snow.

    There are a couple of pictures I really like, the white fox and the house lit up in the forest with the sky that looks almost blue.

    Hope you have a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

  12. So pretty. I was hoping for a white christmas but it’s going to be 64. When I was growing up it snowed almost every christmas. It’s funny you can always tell when it snows but how quiet and still everything is.

  13. I want snow on the grass and trees. I want fall color leaves. I want the temps to be in the 70’s. I don’t think that’s too much to ask for. All the pics are beautiful.

  14. We had snow for the first time in almost 20 years up in the High Desert of Southern California on Thanksgiving Day! It was a lovely sight to see!

  15. I love seeing photos of snow! I’m not crazy about driving in it but I do well enough. It’s neat to see how snow can stick to the smallest of places like a fence post or other parts of the fencing. I love how the snow quiets things. We’ve had snow here a couple times already and there will be more before summer. Thank you for sharing those beautiful snow photos.

  16. I love seeing photos of snow it is so nice to see and not have to deal with it as we did in Massachussets. Thank you for always doing these great photos and sending to us. I hope you and your family have great Merry Christmas

  17. Hi, Everyone!
    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Sorry my website had a bit of a problem for the first part of December. But it’s all good now. Hooray!

    Like many of you, I rarely have to deal with the problems of living with snow. In the 30 years I’ve been in the Phoenix area, it has snowed only twice and of course it didn’t stick! But I know I miss so many moments of sheer wonder and beauty. Photos help and aren’t these wonderful!

    Have a blessed week!
    Hugs,
    Caris,
    Buckeye, Arizona USA

  18. Snow is wonderful to look at for a short time. When you are the one slogging around in it frustration is not far behind. But it is indeed beautiful. Last week in Indy we were graced with 7″ of the white fluff. But the temps have been in the 40s and 50s with the same forecasted in the near future, so we are watching the snow melt away. Beauty comes in many different packages.

  19. I love living in a part of the world that has lots of snow every year. It is so pretty but it does create a lot of work and chaos. I would want to live without it ..
    Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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