Snow: what’s not to like?  

Posted by Denis Haack in

A series of successive weather fronts have moved across the Dakotas, bringing snowfall about twice a week to Minnesota. The temperature has remained below freezing, so the snow has been light, each front leaving behind an inch or so. Snow piles on the Mountain Ash berry clusters, and leaves the bird feeder looking jaunty.


The snow isn’t difficult to shovel, the exercise is bracing, and the weather after the front has moved through is always delightful: bright sunshine, blue skies.


Friends who live in southern regions are dubious. Snow, for them, is apparently dreaded, something to be avoided. I have never understood this attitude, and assume it is the result of excessive exposure to heat. We know what heat does to an egg, so it takes little imagination to know what it does to otherwise healthy brains.


The view outside my office window has been transformed from autumn to winter, the chickadees and goldfinches visiting the pine tree send little puffs of fluffy snow off into the air as they land.

Snow is a metaphor for purity, and a reminder that beauty is never neutral, but dangerous.

(Keen eyes will notice the dates on the photos are from earlier years, but the view has been the same.)

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let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. it's fun to watch the folks here in st. louis completely freak out over 2 inches of snow.

one time, they salted the roads hours before a single flake ever touched the ground. another time most of the local schools canceled classes for the next day, again before a flake fell, and then felt foolish the next day when there still wasn't any snow.

one of the things i'm not looking forward to in auckland is the fact that it never snows there.

December 10, 2008 at 10:53 PM

Beautiful pictures, Denis. Whatever the year!

We had the same experience when we were in St. Louis--so funny to see everyone panic over what we would call a skiff of snow here in Nebraska.

December 11, 2008 at 10:12 AM

Proverbs 31:21 (English Standard Version)

21She is not afraid of snow for her household,
for all her household are clothed in (A) scarlet.


(A) Or in double thickness

according to the above verse all southern women miss out of becoming the 'perfect proverb 31 woman'!

December 11, 2008 at 10:13 PM

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