Saturday, February 16, 2008

Snowy Beauty





Snow is what we have most of here in Janesville. The sidewalks and roads are narrow and slippery. Driving is a real adventure, especially since it is impossible to see oncoming traffic unless one pulls out into the intersection; the piled snow blocks the driver's view. There are some prizewinning icicles hanging on neighborhood eaves. In fact, this winter has seemed more like winters I remember from when I was a child, with long cold stretches, schools closed, and mountains of plowed snow. I assumed those huge remembered piles were just me being little, but folks my parents age say no, the snows back in the 1950s really were worse than those in recent years. The Janesville Gazette says we've had 66 inches so far this season, and will easily break the record of 67 inches.  I know, some places routinely get more, but that doesn't make anyone here any happier.  More snow is forecast for tonight, which means we'll shop for groceries and lay in a stock of books and videos. I'm dreaming of the day when we'll see something more than white out the window.

Anyway, I decided to look on the bright side of things today, and post some pretty winter scenes I photographed at Rotary Botanical Gardens. It is a beautiful place in every season, even when there are no leaves or flowers. I added a link on the right side of this page, if you'd like to see more.

2 comments:

Steve Penberthy said...

Your photos are gorgeous! Snowy scenes are always so interesting to me. If you haven't already, you should think about sketching and/or painting a few of these. Good stuff!

Michael said...

Tangentially related--I've seen Wisconsin's winter cited as part of the unusually cold last year, a piece of evidence that adds some contrary data to the global warming thesis.