I let the dog out and grabbed my camera to capture this scene
It was a beautiful, wet, heavy snow that unfortunately was too much for some of our still leaf-bearing elm trees. The result was this:
Broken elm boughs
The rest of our trees were not harmed. The maple and ash had already lost their leaves. The spruce, junipers pines and the weeping birch tree had no problems. In fact the golden leaves of the large birch contrasting with the snow in our front yard is quite beautiful.
Of course this beauty came with below-freezing temperatures and shoveling requirements to clear the sidewalks and driveway. Ttime-consuming as it may be to clean up after, it is still beautiful and contains much-needed moisture. We only got about 5 or 6 inches. Some people in the foothills (Conifer and Evergreen) got 30 inches.