Sunday, February 14, 2021

Happy snow daze


Before it melts, I should share our snow.


The second significant snowfall in a week brought wet, fat flakes to settle softly on every twig and branch in Brooklyn. The first snowstorm had been just that: a blizzard blowing sideways, piling in angry, wind-packed drifts. This one was different. And it had that earlier foundation to build on. 


We walked into it through our neighborhood streets and stood like tourists, serially and then permanently amazed. Behind our masks our mouths were often open.


The lake in Prospect Park was iced over and snowed on into a sense of endlessness.


The Boathouse (from which no one ever boats).


And snow people proliferated. This one, with beech leaf eyes, was my favorite.


The trees were breathtaking, and the forest paths other-worldly.


From the silence we emerged into the circus. There was not an unhappy person, anywhere.


We do.


The sky began clearing gently halfway through our nearly three-hour walk, and then lifted in time for the sun to improve on what already seemed perfect.


I wish Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert B. Vaux could have seen their park on this day, in this unimaginable age. 


One of the walks of our lifetime.

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14 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing these views of your walk. Even though we have been under snow (and ice) since Wednesday evening here in Portland (a rare snowfall that sticks and stays), I love your photographs and commentary. For once, the City's snow stayed beautiful for awhile, and at least some New Yorkers (human and canine) played!

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    1. Thank you, Leslie. I'm glad you got snow. I hope you threw a snowball or three.

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    1. And didn't you have to dig out Melanie's car en route from the airport?! You are a hero.

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  3. So beautiful. Doesn't snow just make the world a more lovely place ... and turn us all into children again.

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  4. So beautiful! We had snow in Seattle and people were sledding and skiing down Queen Anne hill as well as the fools in cars who thought they could drive up it. Its raining now so we'll soon be back to usual winter muck and mire.

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    1. And was everyone laughing? Except the sliding drivers?

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  5. So beautiful! We had snow in Seattle and people were sledding and skiing down Queen Anne hill as well as the fools in cars who thought they could drive up it. Its raining now so we'll soon be back to usual winter muck and mire.

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  6. Thanks for sharing these. It truly is beautiful. Richmond was, too, but I stayed stubbornly warm inside by the fire. The ice storm that followed was also gorgeous, but many still have no power - we were lucky! Did no one have a mask for the snowperson?

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  7. thanks for sharing the pictures.... love seeing NYC with snow

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  8. Such lovely photos, I really miss New York.

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