Its the beginning of December, but Santa Claus would be proud of the first snowfall for the fall and winter of 2010-2011. And hey, according to the calendar, its not officially winter yet! The snow started around 2 o'clock on Saturday afternoon with huge flakes falling, then light snow, and then back to huge flakes. Throw in a light sprinkling of some sleet too and we got a nice wintry mix. As you can see though, the concrete and asphalt were warm enough to not cause problems until night fell, but the roads started getting slushy late in the evening.
North Carolina is the home to the University of North Carolina Tarheels, the North Carolina State University Wolfpack, the Wake Forest University Demon Deacons and the Duke University Blue Devils. Since this bird house is Duke blue, it would only be appropriate that a blue jay reside there in the warm summer months!
A sleeping Dogwood tree. This is a beautiful tree that borders my property and is covered with dark pink flowers in the late spring in time for Easter. Snow flakes covered every limb!
One of several camellia bushes in my yard. Mind you, they're all covered by snow now, but they're loaded with buds for the spring of 2011! I don't think that bees are attracted to camellia flowers because I've never noticed them on mine. But my neighbors keep beautifully landscaped yards so they have plenty of other flowers to choose from!
No album of a snowfall would be complete without a snapshot of my bee hives. Yes the girls are all snug as bugs inside their hives. But as you can see, the snow covered up the entrances to all three. While it sometimes acts as an insulation barrier to keep those icy winter winds out, it also keeps the bees from going out when temperatures rise.
To help the ladies, I opened up their entrances so they wouldn't have to wait for Mother Nature to do it for them. Now they can quickly and discreetly go outside to do their business when nature calls. By the way, the bees in the yellow hive are still taking 2:2 syrup from the Boardman feeder.
The snowfall of December 4th covered everything. It was truly beautiful. And thank goodness it happened early enough in the day that everyone could enjoy it. With the Sunday temperatures forecast to be sunny and in the 40s range, you will never know that a snow event even happened here. But with photos, we'll always have our memories. Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!