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Friday, February 11, 2011
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It’s almost mid-February here in the midst of an especially cold and snowy winter (at least for New Jersey; not sure if what we’ve gone thru would get much attention in Chicago, certainly not Moscow). But there are signs of hope; the days are noticeably longer, and there doesn’t seem to be any snow in the immediate forecast (I hope). I read that the jet stream finally straightened itself out, meaning that we might get an easier ride thru to mid-March. Can Spring be far behind?

A winter like this creates plenty of odd and imposing landscapes from the snow and ice, ugly landscapes that get in your way and tell the soul that times are not favorable. Here are two such landscapes right near my house.

But then again, if one looks hard enough, there can be found occasional vistas of simple beauty, like a shadow in the sun or a streetlight reflecting at night on a shiny, undisturbed field of snow. If you can find one that is not all crunched up. Well, once I started looking, I did find a few virgin fields, so here are two scenes; one by day and one by night.

In a few weeks this will all be replaced by mud, and then by the warmth and greenery of plant growth. And the monster-ish winter of 2011 will be just another bad memory.

◊   posted by Jim G @ 2:34 pm      

  1. Jim, Once again great pictures. I do hope that the first two (the ones at the top) are not in your driveway.

    And you are right: So often it’s the way one looks at something that can make it ugly or beautiful, and you have caught a way of making all the pictures beautiful in their own way. Your pictures capture a kind of beauty–even the “ugy” ones–all the shades of white, gray, black; the strange formations caused by the melting process. I like all the pictures. MCS

    Comment by Mary S. — February 11, 2011 @ 7:12 pm

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