Every year, it seems, I capture the winter scene through visual images of what life is like in Fargo, ND, during the winter months. But this year, I’ve been sluggish about taking photos of life in the “southern tundra.” I’ve been too immersed in simply making my way through the white stuff that has overtaken us this year to actually be out in it with a camera. Alas…it’s time. Even though I will look back on these photos a few months from now and cringe, wondering how we made it through, and why I felt the need to capture such frigidity, it’s life, and trying to will it to be otherwise won’t make it go away anytime soon.
It’s not always this way. I’ve lived through dry North Dakota winters too, and summers of drought. But we’ve had a series of wild, wet ones for quite a few years in a row. This year, it started early and was relentless. I know the East Coast has gotten it bad, but we were dealing with it much earlier. Though it may seem to make less of an impact here, trust me, the opening of the winter skies has created a lot of challenges in the way we move about day to day.
For example, this
is was our bedroom window. It will be nice when spring comes and I can open the shades and let in the sun. Right now, it’s pretty dark in here.
Our poor little mailbox got dumped on to the point of being nearly buried. It’s an adventure just trying to find the mail every day.
This is our view from the garage looking into the back yard. Look at those layers of snow!
Even the evergreens, usually so resilient in the winter, are barely managing to stay above ground.
We do have limitations in the winter here in Fargo, ND, but we also have a lot of creative ways to keep life moving forward and enjoyable.
Q4U: How do you beat the Winter Blues?