The silence pulls me and I offer no resistance. The flakes swirl past the window and I could fall forward, Alice down the rabbit hole. I was born in winter. My name conjures up winter, my colors are winter, my very nose smells the scent of it a month before it arrives. Everything about it fuels my engines and releases me from a thousand worries. I cannot explain it. Winter heals me. Snow invigorates everything I love within myself.
I sit watching the snow fall now, thick and dense. The world of human chaos comes down with it. The streets empty and the store fronts close. Mother Nature calls all to home, soup to the stove and a fire burning steadily into the night.
This is the peace of snow.
45 thoughts on “Peace of Snow”
Beautiful post and pictures Noelle. Winter does pull us into silence and nurturing.
I listen to people gripe about the cold, but I think we’ve forgotten there is a season for everything and winter has a very powerful purpose in our lives. Thanks for stopping by, my friend.
One of the interesting effects of deep snow is the acoustic dampening it provides, and so it seems to invoke within me the sense of peace you mention Noelle, as the world descends into a stilled hush. Thankyou, Hariod.
One of my favorite things is to stand at the edge of a field while it snows and just soak up all that quiet. Thanks for stopping by, my friend.
Such a lovely contemplation Noelle. I have sensed it, but not fully embraced it like this. Thank you for sharing your window of insight 💛
Lovely images. I agree that snow heals, quiets and brings a different kind of beauty and peace. Thanks for bringing it into reality with your words.
Not sure how much you’ve been getting hit by snow, but at least 1-1 1/2 feet expected here by the end of today. Whoop, whoop!!
You make the winter wonderfully warm.
That might be one of the nicest compliments I’ve ever gotten!
I love your photos and warm words… It’s been a long time since I’ve experienced this snowy season and felt cozy snuggled up beside the open fire in my winter nest, reflecting on my life. Thankyou for the reminder X barbara
I do believe that is one of the main purposes of winter. To slow us down, encourage us to curl up and drink something warm. Contemplate our lives before the spring. Thanks for stopping by, my friend.
So beautiful Noelle ❤
And wonderful timing – we are in the midst of a winter storm warning here with 10 inches expected by tomorrow and I'm very much looking forward to it. I only hope my daughter doesn't decide to go into labor, as she is due any day now.
Wishing you a wonderful, blessed day, filled with all things lovely and good. Thank you for sharing your snowy meditations. xx
You must be getting our storm. Just dumped a foot and another six expected. Your daughter is due now???? Um…. you do know that means she’ll go into labor, right? No one ever goes into labor on a sunny day, at noon, on a Sunday when there’s no traffic!!!
Hahaha! She just had a doctor appointment yesterday and wasn’t dilated or anything yet, so hopefully she holds off at least until after the roads are cleared. 😉
24 years ago today I went into labor with her, but it took 2 days to get her out. Funny we also had a big snowstorm that year just a couple of days prior to my due date where we got something like 2-3 feet and I remember hoping I wouldn’t go into labor myself until the roads were cleared. 🙂
Loved your beautiful images and the sense of peace your writing evokes. I always feel a sense of timelessness in the midst of a big snowfall. It’s like the world stops and we’re returned to our roots, in awe of nature.
So true. Snow to me is a gift. It forces me and everything around me to slow down. So light, fluffy and pristine yet she commands a city to do her bidding in but a few hours.
A welcome invitation to leave the world to one side and pause for a while.
Lovely words, and you know I admired your writing style. I am secretly enjoying the snow in the US, especially after the snow day when there is new snow coming. Giving the fresh start of the day 🙂 ❤
I work in a hospital so there really is no such thing as snow days for me, but I love the fantasy of them. I really should’ve worked as a teacher. Holidays, snow days, whatever was I thinking….
my day 🙂
Blessings, my friend.
A post after my own heart. You have put into words what I feel but do not have the talent to express. Bookmarking this one
You have the best winter photos. We should pair up again on something. Your photography and my words. I love your winter images.
I would love that!!
If you get some winter photos you feel just move your heart/spirit in some way, send them to me and I’ll see what they inspire in me and then fire that back to you. Let’s see what happens. Could be fun!
I have to tell you that after visiting blogs, and been in awe of Susan’s latest post, I am daunted. Her work is inspiring.
Okay.. yeah… she’s good. Just came from visiting her site. But we don’t know if she’s actually as cool as you and me… Just sayin’
You’ve made me smile. I’ll hold onto my camera for another day and I’ll keep on learning and growing
My dear friend …I so understand your love of winter , your words and photos are so softly beautiful ( I wish so much that I could have made plans to meet with you while I passed thru Denver but alas , I saw you’re kind message too late ) winter blessings sweet Noelle and always love , megxxx
The world will turn in such a way, you and I will surely meet one day. Of this, I’m certain. Where is your home base?
Hi Noelle ….I’m moving tomorrow from northern Michigan to a rural area outside of Santa Fe New Mexico for 6 months renting …I’ve never been to the southwest … Time of transition for me again ….I know I am about 5 hrs drive from Denver where my son lives so maybe someday we could really meet !
Oh Santa Fe…. Now you are entering into a world that has much magic to it. I love Taos a bit more, just because it’s smaller and less crowded, but really you can’t go wrong. So much fun.
I hope our paths cross Noelle ….I’m grateful they have crossed here on WordPress ….
Love that first photo, esp. So interesting how we tune into certain seasons. Beautiful through and through, N.
I was born in winter, my name is synonymous with a winter holiday, my color me beautiful colors are winter colors. I think I was destined to love this season from the word go. I also think there is a reason we are drawn to certain seasons. There is a message for them in it that speaks powerfully of their journey. Thanks for stopping in, my friend. Was by your place last night. Have been missing your pieces.
I hope this doesn’t mean you feel terrible in the summer. *grin*
I’m generally joyful year round, but there is definitely something that happens to my energy in the winter. But this shouldn’t be construed as my snubbing a nice beach, beautiful ocean and a cabana boy named Juan Pedro who makes excellent margaritas!
LOL. You’re probably funnier in the winter, too. (And more amenable to romance?) ^ ^
Oh yes…. much funnier….. And yes, very amenable to romance, although I need to work less to have more time for it!
I enjoy winter and love it when it snows. Unfortunately I’m in a climate where snow isn’t in the cards most years (we had a few hours of snowfall last year but it didn’t stick – boo!) I imagine where you live there is plenty of snow. Such a nice place, your state. I love the corridor through Telluride, Silverton, Ouray, Leadville, etc. Definitely lots of snow there. Especially Leadville. I think all they have is snow. And lead. Also, a place with a really good steak dinner for $8.95. 🙂
Could you be talking about Quincy Steaks? Great place to eat. Yes, we usually have a fair amount of snow but with global warming we’ve had 70 degree temps in the last week! Yikes!
Yes it was Quincy’s! Thanks, couldn’t remember the name. We stayed the night at the Delaware. In the winter. 70 sounds nice, I’m jealous! It swings between 40 and 60 here.
I really feel like we need more cold/winter here. Not enough snow in the winter means drought come summer, so though I won’t deny it’s nice, it is a bit disconcerting.