A MUCH-HYPED WEEKEND winter storm brought more rain than snow to Faribault. Nearly six hours of rainfall followed by about four inches of snow in my southeastern Minnesota community. That’s significantly less than the forecast of up to a foot of the white stuff. For that I am thankful.
Less snowfall equals less work in clearing heavy wet snow from our driveway and sidewalk and those of our neighbor.
The storm also brought spectacular beauty. I awoke early Sunday morning to a winter wonderland of trees layered in white against a backdrop of blue. A blue that only deepened as the morning advanced.
After brunch, Randy and I took a short drive around town just because it was such a beautiful day with the fresh snow, the blue sky and the sun flooding the landscape with brilliance and a noticeable warmth. We knew any trails in town would prove too icy for safe walking.
A brief jaunt onto a portion of a slushy/icy/snowdrifted county road reminded us that a drive farther into the countryside would be unwise.
Driving around town also required a heightened awareness with snow piles blocking visibility at nearly every intersection. Many sidewalks look like trenches.
I dodged puddles of melting snow to photograph a snow house along busy Division Street. Traffic passed within feet of me and I hoped I wouldn’t be splashed. I wanted a closer look. But snow and ice prevented me from doing that.
All in all, the day proved lovely. Sun shining. Deep blue sky. New snow layering the landscape, transforming winter, for one day, into something artistically beautiful.
© Copyright 2019 Audrey Kletscher Helbling
Beautiful…except for the drudgery of snow removal.
Thank you, Keith. Yeah, the snow removal is getting really old.
Beautiful photographs, Audrey. It is a winter wonderland indeed. Hopefully this is your last big snow of the year.
I’m laughing, Beth Ann. This wasn’t even a big snow at only @ four inches. We have to get through the rest of March and April.
What beautiful pictures, Audrey. You captured the beauty of the blue sky and fresh snow, even though we’re tired of all the snow.
Thank you, Valerie. Yup, we’re pretty much all done with the snow.
Your winter pictures are delightful, thanks for sharing!
Thank you, Jackie. See, I can find the beauty in winter. When I take my camera out.
Great photo essay!
We are visiting in Phoenix with a return flight scheduled for Sunday. Delta emailed us with an option to fly out tomorrow. We took it.
We love the sunshine – but feel like woosies for avoiding “the great blizzard”.
Don’t feel guilty. You’ve already endured enough winter. Enjoy the rest of your stay in the warmth and sunshine of Arizona. I expect you’ll have plenty more winter to experience upon your return.
Such beautiful photos, Audrey. I love the little snow house! 🙂
Thank you. I love that snow house, too. Friends told me about it.