A rare event! Yes, the snowfall, but also a photograph shared on the same day it was taken.
I had a black-and-white image in mind when I took this photograph in the David C. Lam Asian Garden this morning. The snowfall started soon after arriving at work, and I fortunately could spare some time to wander in it after completing teaching duties in the Horticulture Training Program last week and marking exams & grading yesterday.
Though snow is silent, the forested garden is not. The crackling of breaking branches of grand fir (Abies grandis) and Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii var. menziesii) due to the heavy wet snow helped make the decision to close the Garden to the public. Another sound that drew my attention was the throat-howl of a coyote as it captured an invasive eastern gray squirrel in the underbrush about 10m (~30 ft.) away from me. I encountered the coyote again as I was returning to the office; this time the animal was on a garden trail, with ears perked forward. In the time it took for me to quietly take my camera out of the camera bag, the animal had raced forward, kicking up snow and dirt in the process. Another squirrel was being pursued.
Former BPotD work-learn student Tamara Bonnemaison wrote a well-commented entry on Tsuga heterophylla a few years ago, so please revisit that entry for additional links and readings.