Snow in October! The leaves have barely begun to turn their green coats into the the reds, yellows and oranges of Fall…and we have a nor’easter hurtling through. On Saturday afternoon, I took our dog Sophie for a quick-before-the-storm gets really bad walk. By then, we already had a few inches of thick, wet snow. The wind had picked up and was blowing snow sideways, pelting our coats and making it difficult to see. Sophie, who is usually loves winter walks filled with snow to dive into and snowballs to chase, was reluctant to go very far. Something about this particular storm seem to give her pause. At one point, we stopped and just listened – there was no one else about, just the driving wind, the heavy snow…and the trees, groaning under the weight of their green leaves now covered in shrouds of white. Every so often, we’d hear a thud of snow shaken free from some branch high above. Then, a sudden gust of wind would race through lower branches and send snow shivering down. And then we heard a crack from way above – one of the grand ladies on our street had finally succumbed to the weight of Mother Nature, and a green leaved branch came crashing down. It was time to head back indoors, and Sophie wasted no time leading me back.
Today, a visitor to our village posted this video he’d made of Saturday’s storm on our local news feed; it really captures the element I found so eerily beautiful on that snowy walk – the sound. You can hear those lovely old trees responding to this wintry challenge:
Bedford Road, Ridgewood on Saturday.Professor of Videojournalism at Hofstra University,