It’s March already, and that means it’s time to start looking for those sunny and warm early spring days to start coming. I hear my daffodils are blooming quite happily this year, which means they survived the move across the garden last year just fine. I hope there will still be a few bright yellow bursts in the garden when I return! But before we turn all sunshine and blue skies, which I know we’re all eager for this year, I want to share with you one of the most beautiful moments from this past winter on the Amalfi Coast.

A few weeks ago a clap of thunder just after dark startled us. I hurried around turning off and unplugging everything, and just as I finished the snowflakes started falling. The wind swirled as the thunder rumbled in across the mountains. A thunder snowstorm! For those of you who follow From Australia to Italy, Leanne down in Calabria experienced the same thing. (Only they got a good deal more snow down there. And they say Calabria is HOT!) Soon the wind stopped and the biggest sugar snowflakes started gently coming down covering the garden and terrace.

Hearing thunder and seeing snow at the same time was a first for me. You can really hear it and see the snow blowing in this video:

Here’s a video where you can see the snow a bit better:

One of the cats sat covered by a small overhang, head darting in all directions trying to see each and every snowflake. We weren’t much different with our heads out the window listening, trying to hear something in the snow but only catching the distant laughter of children. It snows rarely here on the Amalfi Coast, making it a wondrous event even for so-called adults like me. Truth is, I’m always a bit giddy on the inside when the snow falls.

The garden turned white, and part of the beauty was that we all knew it wouldn’t last long. By morning there were only a few traces and these rather dark videos and photographs to remind me of the beautiful, sparkling night snow of the previous evening. Some things truly can’t be captured. So you put down the camera, the pen, close the laptop, pull a warm hat over your head and stick your head out the window, absorbing the magical moments!

6 Comments
  • Wanderlust Woman

    Grazie – I'm glad you shared that. Love the part that some things really can't be captured. 🙂

    March 1, 2010
  • Laura

    Ciao Lisa! I'm happy to hear you enjoyed this post. I'm sure you're getting sick of snow this year, but I do know how you would love it on the Amalfi Coast. 🙂

    March 1, 2010
  • charlie

    When was this? I might have missed it as have been in the UK for a bit lately. (That last photo looks like two little spikey hedgehogs trying to escape from the snow!)

    March 1, 2010
  • Cherrye Moore

    Wow! I've never heard of / seen a "snowstorm" before, either! Thanks for capturing it for the rest of us.

    March 5, 2010
  • KC

    I once saw a thunder snowstorm, not here but in Nebraska, and I remember being awestruck. There also happened to be a flock of snow geese in the sky as it started…what a spectacle!

    March 8, 2010
  • Welshcakes Limoncello

    Gosh, I've never seen anything like that!

    March 15, 2010

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