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.

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A college campus blanketed in fresh snowfall

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

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A snowy road backdropped by a blue sky

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Freezing rain during the Polax Vortex of 2013

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Cosying up in trees in a snow-covered Central Park

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

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Squirrel party in the snow at Central Park

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

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Snowflakes collect on a winter jacket

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Clusters of snow caught in tree branches

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Dashing through the snow…

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