Last night we had the kind of snowstorm we haven’t seen much of this year; heavy, wet snow started falling late in the day and then after dark the wind picked up. The snow fell and the wind howled all night. And yes, it is as cozy as it sounds. We made soup and read by the fire and went to sleep with the storm raging outside. This morning, it looks like this out the window.
Between this space and my Instagram feed, I realize there have been a lot of snow posts lately…but when there is this much of it, it kind of becomes a major character in a person’s life. Seriously, there is so much of it, I’m not sure what we are going to do with it after last night’s contribution. Normally, snow falls and then there is something of a thaw that doesn’t usually melt it all, but enough of it to keep a balance. This winter I read that we’ve had 50 days below freezing, so basically all the snow that’s fallen has stuck around and the piles keep on growing and growing.
This is the Stone Arch Bridge, where I like to take Metro for walks. It used to be a train bridge and now it’s a walking path that has a great view of the city and St Anthony Falls.
The snow is pretty and romantic, but then there is reality: keeping the walks and the driveway and the alleyway clear is a LOT of hard, physical work. And the cold is truly brutal and unrelenting. It is the sunshine that has gotten me through this hard winter with spirits high.
Our walk across the Stone Arch Bridge takes us on a loop around the riverfront and over Nicollet Island, a very favorite place of mine.
And those are some views of life + snow in Minnesota.
Photos by Rebecca Silus for the Field Office