kissed by snow

October 15, 2018  •  7 Comments

It is said that the first snow in northern New Mexico usually happens on Halloween.  The snow was a bit early this year, as it began gently falling during the night after a very civilized, rainy Sunday.  Thank you, Tropical Storm Rosa!  Leaves and flowers left in the garden were kissed by the snowy dusting.  Although the sky is still solidly overcast and, photographically, leaving a flat, mostly uniform light, it also allows some of these holdouts to shine.


The aspen still have golden leaves that hold snow crystals.

aspens leaves with snowaspens leaves with snow

An autumn serviceberry bush just began its own color show this week.

autumn serviceberry with snowautumn serviceberry with snow


Some new flower stalks appeared in the purple sage and are also dotted with snow.

Purple sage blossom with snowPurple sage blossom with snow


The gallardia or blanket flowers have had an extraordinarily long bloom season this year.  The blossoms now nod downward under the wetness.

Gallardia blossom in snowGallardia blossom in snow


Gallardia seed pods are like painted buttons in the snow, waiting for the goldfinches and juncos to pull them apart.

Gallardia seed pods in snowGallardia seed pods in snow

Thanks to everyone who explores my blog every Monday and those who commented in the last several weeks, including Peggy, Wayne, Catherine, Elida, Steve, Terry, Sara, and Dianne!

until next Monday,


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Wayne Gesterfield(non-registered)
White powder on colorful foliage is always attractive. Nice

Your Gallardia we always called Firewheel.
elida hanson-finelli(non-registered)
Thank you Daryl...these are exquisite, showing the nuanced colors of the "First Snow". True visual poetry!
Thank you for interpreting late summer into autumn's colors and feel.
Steve Immel(non-registered)
I'm glad you captured these leaves, flowers and seed pods with their dusting a new snow. The crystalline snow looks like granulated sugar or shave ice. I'm particularly fond of the "blossoms now nod downward under the wetness." A wonderful image and prose.
Catherine Sobredo(non-registered)
Daryl, these images are gems. Exquisite! I simply love them!
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