Winter. Snow. I can’t see it going anywhere soon. While we have had early snowfalls in the past, I don’t remember anything that feels so permanent.
It’s a bit of a shock to the system. One day I’m out puttering in the garden, reaping seeds from some of our perennials and scattering them in bare spots in the hope of generating new blooms. The next day the plants are all covered in snow. I’ve had to dig into the storage boxes that contain my out of season clothes. Now where were those heavy wool sweaters? Time to exchange them for the sleeveless tops and flimsy running clothes in my drawers. It’s taking a while for my body to adjust to these frigid temperatures. Single digits bring a penetrating chill.
I know I should be out on the ski trails. Rich claims that they are amazingly good. I did give them a whirl one day. But I can’t quite give up running yet. It’s been a challenge, dodging the crusty snow left behind when they plowed the Lakewalk, but each day it gets better. And I have a great excuse for running a slow pace.
The biggest bonus was having the sun come out the last two days. What a transformation, from dark and dreary to sparkling contrasts of white and blue. I was inspired to run all the way down to Canal Park and back just to spend more time alongside the deep blue lake. How I wished I could capture it with more than just my eyes.
This morning, I discovered that my tiny camera would fit snugly into the key pocket of my winter tights. There was no chance it would bounce around there, which drives me crazy. So I was in business. I didn’t repeat my visit to Canal Park, but made a swing through Brighton Beach instead. There I found the same blue/white combination I find so appealing.
I was amazed to see just how much freezing is going on already. Lester River was filling in with ice, creating a wiggly pattern through its snowy banks as it made its way down to Lake Superior. If this keeps up, soon it will disappear below its icy surface.
Even if fall does briefly reappear, it won’t feel real. By now we all know where this is headed. Winter is here to stay.