Views of the Neighborhood – Snow

We had an unusual occurrence Friday. We got about an inch of snow and it was the first time since 2004.

We woke up to snow. Here is a shot of the backyard.

A corner with the giant Birds of Paradise.

A third view of the backyard. This photo looks blurry in the distance but that is snowfall.

Lucy makes some tentative steps. She has not seen snow before.

Lucy tries the “Let me go back,” maneuver.

Baily is an old veteran of snow since she went to college in Waco where it snows more. The dogs are blurry because they are running around a full speed.

A shot of the upper palm tree leaves covered with snow.

The palm trees by the hurricane-damaged pool. This is facing East so you can see the snow coming from the North and piling up on the tree trunks.

The cart over to the beach.

A shot from the top of the cart over. The Gulf is to the left.

A photo on the beach. The snow falling makes the horizon look foggy.

One more shot of the beach and Gulf. You can see large snowflakes falling.

I met Tiny on the cart over and he had lost his head over the snow. The cap shows how fast the snow is falling

These are my footprints after about five minutes. You can see the falling snow is filling them in.

Our Hibiscus decided to close up and wait for better weather. I hope you enjoyed the snow. It may be another ten years before we see it again.




  1. I was surprised to hear on the news that you had snow there. It’s a regular thing here – lovely to look at while it’s pristine (provided you’re looking at it through double-glazed windows from inside a heated house, of course)

    1. Ha haha. It was pretty. Gone by noon.

  2. Unbelievable images, dear John. true breath of Christmas no matter palm trees.

    1. So true, Marie. Thank you. 😀

  3. Great snow pictures, John. It probably made you feel like you did in a northern winter. My daughter sent pictures and a little film about Chicago’s first snow. Of course, it’s expected there. 🙂 — Suzanne

    1. I used to live in Chicago and remember the drifts. You were right, the snow brought back some memories. One time I ran into a snow drift in my car. Was stuck until a farmer dug me out. That was something. Thanks, Suzanne. 🙂

      1. I know what you mean. I grow up in the country in northeast Ohio. Snow, snow, snow. My dad pulled out of the garage one time during the Spring melt and sunk to the wheel rims of his car, He was disgusted because he had to call a tow truck to just pull him across to the other side of the lane. 😀 — Suzanne

      2. I lived in Northern Indiana and we got the lake effect snow. Came in Feet instead of inches. Thanks, Suzanne.

  4. I’ve only seen snow one time while at the beach…it’s pretty amazing to see. Thanks so much for sharing your photos, John. Don’t you wonder what Lucy was thinking? The Hibiscus shot is beautiful! Happy Sunday!

    1. I have to agree with you. I’m sure it was along the lines of, “Boss. I usually trust you, but there is no way I’m going out into frozen water.”

  5. Love it, John. We only got down to 45*F last night, so we missed our chance at it. I hope this means we will at least have a cool winter, day after day of heat makes me sluggish and gets boring.

    1. I know how you feel but don’t try to convince the Northerners. 😀

  6. Gwen Plano · ·

    Incredible photos! A couple of them would be great to sell during the tourist season. No one would believe it. I loved seeing Lucy trying to figure out what was going on. So precious. 🙂

    1. She was confused for sure. It took a while to coax her out. She finally had fun running in the snow.

  7. Looks pretty. Really hope you guys have shovels and boots. This reminds me of when it got so cold in Florida that there was frost on cars. People were calling into the police and radio stations asking what the stuff was. One person even thought the way to get rid of it was set the car on fire. I wish I was joking there. Great to see that the dogs are enjoying it.

    1. It was gone by noon but certain fun while it lasted. 😀

      1. Lucky. Our stuff is still on the ground.

  8. This is wild. You have more snow there than we have in northeastern indiana.

    1. I know right? Thanks, Pamela. Go Steelers.

  9. John, this not a View of the Neighborhood that I would ever have expected. How amazing to see palm trees in snow!
    I’m glad Lucy had Bailey’s experience to guide her — I imagine it was a tad frightening. 🙂
    (Although personally, I’d be happy to see snow only once every ten years — if that much! ) Have a sublime Sunday. Hugs.

    1. Thank you, Teagan. In the end Lucy had a wonderful time. Hugs

  10. Snow on the palm trees….that about says it all !!

    1. It does. Thanks, Van.

  11. Dogs can be really strange the first time they encounter snow. Looking forward to Frankie’s first time in it.

    1. You’ll have so much fun. I had to convince Lucy that it was okay.

      1. Otto was afraid of it last year. It then became something to play with.

  12. Wow John! It is beautiful, but I find it ironic that we haven’t yet had any snow this year in Nova Scotia – which is SO much farther north than where you are.
    Mind you, the weather hasn’t been great – we’ve had rain for three days now…

    1. It is a strange situation for sure, Lynne. All I know it was a cold front from mid Canada that swooped down and hit us eh? 😀

  13. Very festive! 😀 Lucy’s well camouflaged too – they’re adorable when they experience snow for the first time! 🙂

    1. I couldn’t get close enough for a shot of their faces. They were running around too quickly. Thanks, Jan

  14. History documented in pictures. Amazing that you guys got snow this early in the year and so much of it. Just crazy!!

    1. It is crazy. Who do I talk to about this? 😀

  15. I’ve been waiting to see these, John. Great photos. I love the tentative Lucy. Poor Tiny. I suppose he’ll survive for the Top-10 tomorrow. Good thing you didn’t push him off the rail. “Author attacked by disembodied WWF fighter head” Not pretty.

    1. Ha ha ha. Thanks, Dan. I think by the time I got a snow blower started the snow would have been gone.

  16. Gee, it might be another ten minutes before I see snow again! Great shots, John. The beach scenes remind me of a visit to the beach at Port Dover on Lake Erie one winter. We rented a cottage there for two weeks every summer for about ten years. I remember that it felt eerie to see the beach covered in snow. Enjoy your winter wonderland while you can. I’ll bet it’s 80 today!

    1. It is only 70 degrees. 80 next week

  17. Looks great down there, John! I especially like the palm trees. 🙂
    Enjoy your Sunday,

    1. Thank you, Pit. Enjoy the day as well.

  18. Wow! That’s a rare thing for this part of Texas, for sure. Snow makes for such gorgeous pics, though. Love the photos you took. I feel for the plants but most are so resilient they should come back soon. Your neighborhood is for sure beautiful, John.

    1. Thank you, Evelyne. I think you are right about the plants. Snow doesn’t get to them like freezing. 😀

  19. It looks so pretty, John! Enjoy the festive treat. 🙂

    1. Thank you, Natalie.

  20. Love the pics, John. Just think, you almost got a white Christmas this year!

    1. Almost. In 2004 it was Christmas eve.

      1. A Norman Rockwell moment, indeed.

  21. Incredible photos, John! Al least a fleeting peek at a snowy Christmas even though it didn’t last. Happy Sunday! 🎄🎄🎄Christine

    1. Thank you, Christine. Happy Sunday to you as well. ;-D

  22. John, great pictures, especially the palm trees covered in snow. It is lovely and yo can’t complain about an inch. We got about 2-3 inches in NY and that was a pleasure compared to the nearly 2 feet last winter. Maybe the earth is shifting on its axis so you better buy long johns just in case. 🙂

    1. I still have a pair from my ski trips. I’ll keep them in mothballs

  23. Joining the chorus, John… Great pictures! We had a dusting yesterday, visible only on our driveways – all gone today! We had no snow last year here in Lincoln Land. A most Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours! ♥

  24. I’m usually offline on weekends, but I hopped on for a quick email check and as soon as I saw the word “Snow” in your blog post, I had to look. I think you actually got more than we did, although there is something just “wrong” about seeing palm trees doused in snow.

    Loved the pics of the dogs. Too cute!

    1. Thanks for checking in Mae. Glad you liked the photos.

  25. Lovely! I love snow. I’m really bummed out that you got more snow than we did here. Less than an inch.

    1. AW. Ours was gone by noon though.

  26. Great photos! I do not think I have ever seen snow on the beach. At least it does not last. Warm is good!

    1. Thank you, Jo. I was fun actually.

  27. Great pics! Between the hurricane and this, that’s two disasters in a few months!

    1. This one was fun though. Thanks, Phil

      1. Sure, fun for you. But if it happened every day for four months, like it does where I live, you wouldn’t enjoy it as much

      2. It’s amazing though that you even got any snow at all down there.

  28. So strange to see snow on palm trees and the beach. Poor Lucy! When our cat saw snow for the first time a couple of years ago, his first reaction was to relieve himself on it. Guess he’s more of a warm weather kind of guy.

  29. How wonderful and surprising to see the snow, John. Here in northern Calif., we don’t see it either, but a light dusting would be welcomed. It adds a special touch to the holidays, don’t you think? 🙂 Enjoy!

  30. What a nice early Christmas gift — and best of all, it’s probably melted by now! Thanks for showing it to us since we haven’t had any yet (shh, don’t tell Mother Nature that!!)

  31. Beautiful pictures, John. I’m still enjoying the sight of snow every time it happens, and at present we have lots of snow in the Nothwest of England which changes everything into a wonderland for me.

    1. I’m so glad you like it, Maretha. Me? Not so much.

  32. It does look so pretty, John, but if you’re not used to it then it can be a bit of a shock. We’ve had our fair share too, with over 10 inches of the stuff falling over the weekend. I wonder what the odds are of you having a white Christmas in your part of the world? They’ve cut the odds here.

    1. Our odds are 2000 to one. Only snowed here once in 2000 years on Christmas

      1. That’s great odds, John. However, the chances of winning are very slim. However, I still do the lottery every week in the hope…😀

      2. You never can tell. Keep playing, Hugh.

  33. Wow, John! I love the pictures, especially the ones of the frozen palm trees. I heard some flurries came down in northern Florida but nothing like this. I think I would have a heart attack if I woke up to that here (south Florida). It is beautiful though. 😀

    1. It was gone by noon so it was very much fun. 😀

      1. I bet it was. What a nice surprise. 😀

  34. So amazing pictures of Snow. These days I am writing HAIKU on snow. If you permit would like to use pictures in my posts

    1. Your blog is beautiful and Haiku’s lovely. Feel free to use my photos. 🙂

      1. Thanks. Thatz very kind of you

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