The beauty of New York snow in 11 photos

I saw my first snowfall in 2012. I had arrived in Upstate New York for an exchange semester and was welcomed by a very white – and extremely cold – January. Coming from Australia, the snow was a novelty for me because for the first 19 years of my life I’d only ever seen it fall on television.

When I arrived in New York, I watched the snow blanket the ground and collect in the elbows and arms of trees. When it stopped snowing and the blue sky appeared, I saw it sparkle like glitter in the sun. I was fascinated by the sound of the fresh snowfall under my feet, crunching as it compacted, and how soft the snow felt when I picked it up in my hands. I watched as the wind whirled the handfuls of snow from my open palms and through the air like magical dust. I found myself mesmerized by the snowflakes landing on my clothing and disappointed by how quickly they melted away.

Some years on, I think the snow is still a bit of a novelty to me. In this post, I wanted to share a little bit of that snowy magic with these 11 photos.

A college campus blanketed in fresh snowfall

Meet Delly, the first and only snowman I’ve ever made

A snowy road backdropped by a blue sky

Freezing rain during the Polax Vortex of 2013

Cosying up in trees in a snow-covered Central Park

Road closure in the town of Clayton due to heavy snowfall during the Polar Vortex

Squirrel party in the snow at Central Park

Skiing (or trying to ski) at Bristol Mountain in Upstate New York

Snowflakes collect on a winter jacket

Clusters of snow caught in tree branches

Dashing through the snow…

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