Winter Wonderland . . .

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“When it snows, ain’t it thrilling,
Though your nose gets a chilling
We’ll frolic and play, the Eskimo way,
Walking in a winter wonderland…..” ~ song lyrics

For more than two weeks, northern Minnesota has looked like an imaginary winter wonderland. All life-long Minnesotans are "snow smart" … we live in it and play in it for at least 6 months every year. Being "snow smart" gives us a very special ability … to detect fake snow scenes in movies and television shows. We know what it looks like when it is wet and sloppy, when it is freshly fallen and when it has been extremely cold and blowing … we can spot that fake stuff pretty quick.

Well, the past two weeks have me second guessing my "snow smarts" … our snow has been very unusual this month … it has characteristics of that “fake stuff”. Like I shared in my last post (Catching up on December) our first big snow in the woods flocked every tree branch, twig, bush, weed, fence, wire, mailbox, tree trunk … everything (on all sides -not just one) in a thick, white icy snow. What makes this extraordinarily uncommon is that this flocked snow has lasted for now … over two weeks … that never happens. It usually blows down or melts within a day or two.
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Every time I look out a window, go for a walk, drive down any road I think of a "fairy tale snow". Throw in the holidays, a few festive lights and most importantly, the full moon that has been lighting up the woods with a blue light that reflects everywhere and causes nighttime shadows and it makes my northwoods appear to be a fantasy world. It is a magical sight that I am soaking up … it definitely makes living with all this whiteness more bearable this year. Winter is definitely a "wonderland" to let our imaginations indulge in this year.

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~ by bearyweather on January 3, 2013.

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