There’s no denying it. That glorious burst of color that blazes from the trees in the fall season soon turns into bare branches covered with snow as winter settles itself in for the long haul.
As much as I love autumn, I become absolutely giddy when the first snow of the next arriving season carpets the earth. Glistening snow turns the world into a fairy-like land full of gleaming white billows and glittering sparkles.
And there’s something even more magical – at least to my eye – when the two seasons mesh together overlapping the flashiness of fall with a wafting of winter.
One autumn season several years ago, we experienced our first snowfall here in our home state in October. Leaves had not yet performed their final floating dance from the trees when snow blanketed the ground.
It made an outstanding photo opportunity right in my own back yard as shown by the picture below.
I experienced a similar occasion on our October journey to Michigan.
While driving northward from the edge of Lake Huron to a southern side of Lake Superior, outside temperatures continued in a downward spiral. Soon the raindrops hitting our windshield became icy pellets and then….snow!
Snow flurries – the first ones we saw in this last quarter of the year. Right smack dab in the middle of the fall season. (Since then, we’ve had our own first snow fall right here at home but not until this month of November.)
But back in October in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, a magical kind of photo op presented itself before my eyes. Spying a scene that I just HAD to capture on the side of the less traveled blue highway, I squealed at my trusty driver, Papa, to turn the car around and go back.
As always, my husband honored my request. I stepped outside of our vehicle into a fresh coating of snow on the ground and focused my camera on the lovely display of autumn with a touch of winter in the photo you see at the beginning of this post and a closer view below.
I think it’s one of those special captures I will always remember – one of those ‘Thank you, Lord, for showing me such beauty’ kind of days, memorialized by a photograph.
A way of saying goodbye to autumn and welcome to winter all in one photo.
“Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile.” ~ William Cullent Bryant