October 12, 2006

Ooh. It's a little early for this.

It was a crisp morning:

Early snow

It can't be snow!

28 comments:

Maxine Weiss said...

First snowfall!

Isn't there some sort of ceremony to mark the milestone? What are the Midwest traditions that accompany the first snowfall?

C'mon, I'll find any reason to throw a party.

Peace, Maxine

Hey said...

A dusting... check out this, fronted on Drudge... http://tinyurl.com/y88825

Buffalo is getting hammered, with serious danger of trees and powerlines coming down in the face of 3-6 inches of very wet lake effect snow. This is beyond unseasonable... Sure Denver et al gets snow in late August/early September, but BUFFALO?

Dale B said...

Maxine...Isn't there some sort of ceremony to mark the milestone? What are the Midwest traditions that accompany the first snowfall?

Yeah. Gas up the snow blower and start it to make sure it still works. Then put a fresh coat of wax on the snow shovel so that the wet snow doesn't stick.

I gotta get another tradition.

MadisonMan said...

I believe the ceremony chiefly includes good-natured (or not) grumbling about the earliness of it all.

Plus, a hurried finishing of winterizing the abode.

Maxine Weiss said...

I love real snow....so romantic.

The fake stuff is pretty good too.

---The just-add-water stuff.

There has to be something special to commemorate the first snowfall of the season.

Maybe you could quick dry a flake, or two, then frame, with engraved date, ....as a precious keepsake, to always remember.


Peace, Maxine

chuck b. said...

Maxine, don't you live in L.A.? What kind of *snow* are you talking about?

tiggeril said...

Ann's eight feet tall!

JohnF said...

Of course it isn't snow. Haven't you heard of global warming? Why do you give us such obviously photoshopped pictures?

You've now got me wondering if you even live near a lake.

Maxine Weiss said...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/pisceslibra/238590238/

Lawrence said...

fake but accurate?

Maxine Weiss said...

We've been punk'd.

Another hoax.

That snow is synthetic!---I tell you !!!!!

Peace, Maxine

Fenrisulven said...

Of course it isn't snow. Haven't you heard of global warming?

Global Warming is UnWord.

Climate Change is ReplaceWord.

bill said...

The five stages of Winter:

Denial -- "It can't be snow!" Maybe a volcano erupted in South Dakota and this is the ash fallout. I better check CNN.

Anger -- Screw this, I'm moving to Arizona. For reference, read Lileks' Bleat every day for the next six months.

Bargaining -- Just one more week of nice weather and I promise to stop complaining about Summer being too hot.

Depression -- One word: snotcicle. Did you know The Shining is actually a documentary about cabin fever?

Acceptance -- It's not so bad out. You just have to learn to dress in layers.

Mojave Joe said...

Ah, the sight of snow melting over an Audi's gas cap. It melts my heart . . .

And it reminds me of the Wallace Stevens line, "Snow sparkles like eyesight falling to earth . . ."
Wallace Stevens--he was a great lawyer.

Molon_Labe_Lamp said...

Synergy

A word that's gotten a bad reputation for it's use in explaining the unexplainable investment and business decisions made in the late 90's.

But here it's great. Ann tosses out a mundane topic and dozens of little worker bees go about fashioning the comments into some truly enjoyable reading.

Seriously, has any thought been given to an Althouse blog symposium? 100 Althouse commenters, booze and a "jump to conclusions mat" sounds very interesting?

I've only been a regular reader for about 4 months and I rarely post but I'll be damned if I wouldn't like to meet you guys in person.

Mostly so I can sort out all the D(d)aves on this site.

Ron said...

I got the 'Midwestern Hello' walking into Whole Foods yesterday, with a gale-like wind bringing the snow, and walking out? Sunny, calm...God needs his lithium...

Ron said...

I'll bet Silvio is not so romantical over the snow!

Derve said...

Nice shot.
Holiday postcard quality.
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Is the photographer wearing a parka?
Damn Rorschach test...

Pogo said...

Lovely photograph.

The first snow first brings to my mind sixth grade, feeling half-excited and half-afraid, wondering if my mix of old and new coat and boots and gloves will pass muster among friends and (now especially) girls. And Christmas is not far, so great.

Simultaneously it reminds me I am now over half done with my life, and winter signals death and then rebirth. The same excitement and fear, actually. No longer worried about my clothes, or even girls, but about my kids. Are they warm enough? Are they wearing a hat? What do they want for Christmas? Did I already replace the broken bolt on the snowblower?

Re: "Mostly so I can sort out all the D(d)aves on this site."
Clues: the Bad Daves are pretty much one-note bots. You, a lawyer is their commonest complaint. BushLied etc. soon follows. When perusing their work, it's far more fun to read every other word. Makes their work much better.

dmc_in_washington said...

Nice image, Ann. If law proffing ever falls through, consider photography. At the very least, Audi could use you. That's a gem of a photo.

Goesh said...

That leaf really makes that picture. I know you don't arrange things but it is almost too poignant to be not-placed, almost..

Cedarford said...

That picture caught my eye. Must have looked at it a solid 4 minutes or so daydreaming, looking back at it, thinking of feelings and images it evoked.

Ann, seriously, that shot is a gem.

You might wish to pass it around beyond your Blog.

Goesh said...

Yeah, I can see that in an Audi ad - a bit of a broader shot, the vertical fully upright and not angular, a woman's hand in a long black glove lying just above the tail light, a very short take with simple message,"Winter time depression? No way! Just go" - not sure where and how to impliment the brand name, perhaps with an audio of wind and a quick shot of "Audi" in bright chrome - what the hell, it's Friday ain't it?

dick said...

Funny how when global warming didn't take over from the global ice age prediction that the global warming group decided to change it to climate change and now they can take credit for whatever happens. If any climate change happens it is all the fault of the USA and its energy policies. I can hear the bleating now!!

Enjoy the snow. I live in NYC and we are not there yet but I know it is coming. At least where you live it can be beautiful.

Ann Althouse said...

The leaf was really there. I moved nothing but the camera. And I love the way that gas cap looks.

rightwingprof said...

Up in the Pennsylvania mountains too, frost this morning, and now, it's about 41 degrees.

But no snow. Thank God. Not yet, anyway.

Hollywood Freaks said...

The first victims are the leaves.

Brent said...

Hello from Sunny Southern California.

Sigh . . . . .

I miss the snow, I miss the snow, I miss the . . .

Oh , I forgot . . .

Late February grey slush . . .

OK. I'll stay.

Sigh . . . .