Archive for the ‘Winter’ Category

An eerie sort of feeling

This is a picture I took a few weeks ago over at another local park, this time Emmenegger Nature Park. I didn’t really notice it so much when I took the picture as later when I started to pursue through the pictures I had taken afterwards.


It was in the middle of winter but the lichen growing on the trees had an almost neon look. I love how it stands out in the middle of the woods when everything’s so brown. I’m hoping to get back out on Saturday to take some more pictures.



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Winter of days gone by

So, looking back at this winter so far, I’m a bit reminded of winters from my childhood. The difference being that this year’s winter happened most years, minus perhaps the arctic vortex that we got last week.

So while we lived in Minnesota only for a couple of years when I wasn’t even in school yet and when we do visit these days, it’s in the summer time, this article reminded me of the Minnesota (and even Missouri) winters of my childhood.

The article is entitled “Minnesota winters ain’t what they used to be over at the Grist. Oh, for the winters of days gone by, when I was in school. Now if I just get work to take a snow day. Hmmm?



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I must admit, this article makes me hope we get some snow this winter. As a kid, I got the chance to experience snow in all its glory, from sledding down our neighborhood street to making a snowman or even a snow fort in our front yard.

When my kids were younger, I always tried to get them outside if it snowed. While we haven’t had a lot of snow over the years and don’t have a great big hill to sled down, we did have our driveway. I even have a few pictures to prove it. I’ve often thought I would love to spend a few days in the winter at our family cabin in Minnesota,

Anyway, the article is entitled “Don’t hibernate this winter” by Katherine Martinko over at Treehugger. I can only imagine what it’s like up north, especially in Winnipeg, where we got the chance to go for a day while on our family vacation a couple of summers ago.



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Poetry night

So lately I’ve been writing a little poetry and I thought I would post this one on Winter entitled When Snow Comes Calling:

From tip to tip
And wing to wing
The view is clear
While the birds still sing

The sky is blue
The leaves have fallen
Winter will arrive
When snow comes calling



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Welcome to winter

When I came upon this article over at Live Science it reminded me of how when the weather is warm like it is now in the middle of December, I must remember that winter has really only just begun.

The article is entitled “Winter: The Coldest Season” by Nola Taylor Redd. Meanwhile, I’ll just sit here waiting for the snow to fall as the sun continues to shine on a rather warm (mid-fifties) day.

Happy Holidays!


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No sledding!?


I remember coming across an article last year that talked about how the city of Dubuque, Iowa was going to (and eventually did) outlaw sledding. Here’s an article from Radio Iowa entitled “Dubuque Decision on Sledding Ban Getting Lots of Attention“.

Then I came across this article tonight entitled “To Toboggan or Not to Toboggan? Canadians Can’t Agree” by Katherine Martinko over at Treehugger. Are you serious? No sledding? We’ll at least my kids can still sled here in St. Louis, Missouri.



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These buffalo are so cool

Okay, so there’s no snow here and my daughter is very upset about that. She got a new sled for Christmas and she’s never had the chance to use. The buffalo are one of my favorite animals and they’re not here either. Still, it’s a cool story.

Check out the article entitled “How Bison Survive Winter in the Northern Great Plains” by Alison Henry over at the World Wildlife Federation.



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There’s a chill in the air

With a limited run of a “winter chill” in the air the last couple of days (though now giving way to yet again warm front), I thought that this article “Science in Ice: Lab Operates Inside a Glacier” by Katharine Gammon over a Live Science was a great story.

However, if that’s a bit too much then there is this wonderful reminder of those chilly days, at least the ones where you wake up to a frosty covering outside your window. The article is “Beautiful Photos of the Day: Frost Flowers” and it’s by Celeste Yarnall over at Care2.


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