Evening Snow

The flakes began to fall about an hour ago. Now the world is monochrome, dusk spreading across the landscape along with the intensifying snow. There is little wind and, unusually, the flakes fall straight down. We are told the wind will pick up overnight, making travel difficult at best. Our evening clients all cancelled or came in earlier today, so we are safely home.  Continue reading


Early February

A sunny day, something of a miracle following days of intermittent freezing rain. The other evening rain fell on our deeply frozen world while we were at work, covering the sidewalk and parking lot in ice. Jennie somehow managed to get to the van, brought it close to our building, and hauled our bags to it without falling. I realized my crutches would slip on the ice so, having left my ice tips at home, I crawled on all fours to the van. Now, the strengthening February sun throws deep, blue tinged, shadows across the landscape as I watch from the safety of the studio. Continue reading


A lovely winter’s day, clouds slowly lowering and promising snow. Over the lake fog has formed, largely blocking the mountains on the far side.

I grew up in rural Illinois. During winter we had plenty of ice, snow, and cold but seldom was the cold intolerable. Indeed, we were outside in most weathers, the exception being the occasional ice storm. Tomorrow’s high in west-central Illinois is forecast to be -9F, with crushing wind chills. Wisely, many communities have already cancelled school. That kind of cold  was largely outside my experience as a child.  Continue reading