I can pretty much say with certainty that the winter season has officially arrived in the Pacific Northwest. November tends to be a pretty rough time of year for us with heavy wind, rain, and snow in the mountains. The month had been pretty quiet up until now. The few initial dustings of snow in the Cascades the past few weeks were a subtle reminder of things to come—and soon! Kinda like the calm before the storm. Well…the beast has arrived!
Have you ever ventured out into the wilderness to witness the beauty after the beast has departed? I mean right after the first good dumping of snow on the hill tops, mountains, and forests. One of the most exquisitely beautiful sights to behold is a hillside of conifers covered in a think blanket of pristine snow before it starts to melt from the sun’s rays or gets blown off by gusts of wind. Experience the sparkling light reflecting off the crystals of thick, fluffy, white stuff heaped up inches deep on tree branches. Again I say, “It’s exquisitely beautiful!”