Tag Archives: winter

crisp.

Standard

last night’s walk in the park

 

“it is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam.

this crisp winter air is full of it.”

-john burroughs

 

 

 

 

 

argo park, ann arbor, michigan, usa – february 2021

snow was falling.

Standard

grand circus park, detroit, michigan, usa – 1920s

walking in the beautiful snowfall yesterday, it was clear some things never change, even after 100 years

“snow was falling, so much like stars filling the dark trees

that one could easily imagine its reason for being was nothing more than prettiness.”

-mary oliver

 

 

photo credit: historic detroit

 

most obvious.

Standard

should we swim or play ice hockey today?

luckily this sign helps to make the decision easier.

“i try not to go the obvious route all the time,

but sometimes the most obvious is actually the best.”

-al yankovich

 

 

 

image credit: jim grampie, at gallup park, ann arbor

phil.

Standard

puxatawny phil with some other (less famous) celebs.

it’s his big day, and one of my favorite fun holidays

no matter what he predicts

about the coming of spring

(*not sure about his accuracy)

 i love his spirit. 

 *the national climatic data center compared U.S. national temperatures from 1988 to 2012 to determine the accuracy of Phil’s predictions, and he’s only been proven correct 39% of the time — significantly worse than chance.

unbroken unity.

Standard

nothing like the feel of

walking on a lake of solid ice

remembering how it felt

swimming in its warm water

pure magic

“in the arctic, the inuit say water and land are the same;

they’re an unbroken unity.

in the winter, you travel on the ice because it’s the linkage and the easiest way,

and in the summer, you move around on the water.”

*-john ralston saul

 

 

*John Ralston Saul (born 1947) is a Canadian writer, political philosopher, and public intellectual. His work is known for being thought-provoking and ahead of its time, leading him to be called a “prophet” by Time and to be included in Utne Reader’s list of the world’s leading thinkers and visionaries.

snowball.

Standard

our class has been taking a close look at snow and ice

after reading them

the first book i ever read all by myself 

‘snow’ by p.d. eastman

 brought a snowball in from outside

named it ned

popped it in our freezer

 check on it every now and then

take ned out for just a little bit

see if it’s still cold and in the shape of a snowball and if it’s drippy

 hope that ned will be with us throughout the season

even if he goes away in the spring

 we’re pretty sure he’ll be back next winter.

secrets in the trees.

Standard

on a winter walk in the woods

 came upon a labyrinth made of pine

 fall to winter vegetables as offerings at its center

 beautiful yule celebration on display

left for all to enjoy.

 

“the trees will tell their secrets to those that tune in.”

-steve magee

 

 

greenview nature preserve, ann arbor, mi,  usa – january 2021