First Snow


This weekend brought us our first significant snowfall of the winter, about a foot waiting for my snowshoes.  Here are a few photos from yesterday’s walk, along with an excerpt from the poem First Snow by Mary Oliver who passed away last week.



glitter like castles


of ribbons, the broad fields

smolder with light, a passing

creekbed lies

heaped with shining hills;



and though the questions

that have assailed us all day

remain — not a single

answer has been found —

walking out now into the silence and the light

under the trees


and through the fields,

feels like one.


— from First Snow by Mary Oliver
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10 Responses to First Snow

  1. Michael Slyzyk says:

    It’s beautiful, how the snow seems to open up the landscape like a cotton boll that’s snapped open.
    Walking in the fresh snow, with that scrunching sound under foot. I used to say a sharp hook knife cutting through a spoon bowl reminded me of that sensation, maybe that’s one of the reasons I enjoy spoon making 🙂 Thanks for the pics, a breath of cold fresh air.


  2. Dana Wright says:

    Wonderful tribute to a first snow and to a beloved poet. Thanks David

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  3. Geoff Chapman says:

    Nice Dave. We only had 2-3” an hour south, almost all was rain! Mary Oliver is one of Becca’s favorites. Wonderful poet.


  4. John Fielding says:

    Thanks, Dave! Especially like your pic of the dried thistle heads capped in new snow…

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  5. John Breiby says:

    Thanks, Dave, it’s nice to hear a fresh perspective on it, now that we’re three months into it, here in SouthCentral Alaska. Makes me re-appreciate it, and the poem is so beautiful and evocative, too. Are the snowshoes of your own making?


    • Dave Fisher says:

      Glad to hear that, John. When it comes to Mary Oliver, it is hard to go wrong. The snowshoes were not made by me — someday I’d love to do that though. These are Fabers — made in Canada. Traditional materials, wood and rawhide.


  6. cynthamum says:

    Two trees growing so closely together makes a special individual snow drift.

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  7. Michael O’Brien says:

    Wonderful words by Mary Oliver and equally beautiful photos to accompany them. My favorite is the photo with the snow on the Teasel seed heads.
    Thank you.
    Michael W. O’Brien

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