Saturday, December 5, 2009

*******First Snowfall*******

Well today it happened.....Warrenton, Virginia got it's very first snowfall. What a wonderful way to start a Saturday. It began to fall around 7 am and did not stop until 8pm this evening.



What is it about snow that captivates us so?  Scientifically snow is formed when water vapor is deposited in the upper atmosphere where temps are below zero degrees and then it drops to the ground in the form of snowflakes. Those flakes get their symmetrical and hexagonal shaping while falling through the clouds. The photo below is of an actual snowflake...amazing!



 This is all proven scientific fact.  What no scholarly person  has yet to explain to me is how those frozen ice crystals have come to represent something much greater than water, vapor and upper atmospheric happenings. We do not think of that when we watch the beautiful flakes fall. Instead, we see snowmen, holiday greetings from loved ones, Christmas trees and lots of twinkling holiday lights. Why does all that white stuff, which has no odor, invoke in us the aroma of gingerbread cookies, roast turkey, pine trees and cinnamon? So maybe a good snowfall is not such a strictly scientific occurrence after all, but a purely magical one with just a tiny bit of science sprinkled in to keep it legit. For me...I'll take the magic.  Until next time...be kind and stay creative.
PS...I tucked a little magic in my freezer for all of you ;-)

4 comments:

Diane said...

Mmm I love the magic myself...bring on the snow!

Tweed Delights said...

Looks fabulous Janet! Wish we had some of your 'magical' snow here! I have sent you a little 'tweedie' magic in the post - hope you get it soon :)

Missy Alden said...

Janet, I really enjoy your writing!! You are so descriptive and I think you have another great talent, aside from your art work. I love to watch the snow on a weekday early in the morning.....especially when the newscasters are saying "school is closed". ----Missy

Kelly Ann said...

I love the magic of snow when I can stay home and quilt...but when ya have to be out...yuck. The parade was canceled as the snow hit the roads and started stacking up...we left Warrenton at 1:00 and the roads in Old Town were yucky! But yes the trees lining Main Street were pretty...