Cape Gazette

Sunday morning brings the season's first snow

By Dennis Forney | Dec 09, 2013
Photo by: Dennis Forney From the Freeman Highway Bridge, looking northwest, up the canal, into the village.

"Whose woods these are I think I know.  His house is in the village though.  He will not see me stopping here to watch his woods fill up with snow." Robert Frost, Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening

SUNDAY MORNING, DEC. 8 - For a few morning hours, an amazing variety of snow fell over Delaware's Cape Region.  By 10:30, the flakes were the size of fifty-cent pieces, slushing the highways, frosting the branches of cedars and pines, softening the leaves in the woods. All mixed in were ice pellets, sleet and rain.

Back in the woods of Cape Henlopen State Park, I flushed an owl from its daytime perch.  In total silence, like the flakes hitting the ground, it careened through the trees, staying close to the edge of the forest where it meets the marsh along the canal. Then, as quickly and quietly as it appeared, it disappeared.

Here are some photos from the season's first snowfall, taken before the temperature rose and returned the winter scenery to its browns and grays and greens.

A Sunday morning explorer, with metal detector, works a field near the canal.
Marsh, snow, cedars and a pavilion in the distance.
Red in the woods is such an arresting color.
A snow-frosted path through ivy and scrub trees along the railroad tracks in Lewes.
No snow in this one, but this illustrates the higher than normal tides that preceded the storm that swept across us on Sunday. This was on Saturday morning at the Canalfront Park in Lewes.
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