I know I like to complain a lot about winter. It’s the fun part of living in the frozen tundra. In reality, I actually like winter. Well…aspects of winter.
I get tired of the deep deep cold and the short days, but with the advent of daylight savings and some unseasonably warm weather, I’m remembering some things about summer that I’m not too fond of…like bugs that inadvertently fly in my mouth. Or maybe they are suicidal and do it on purpose – I don’t know. I only know it grosses me out.
A couple of weekends ago, we had an absolutely gorgeous winter day – temps in the mid-teens, blue skies and a brilliant sun. Dave and I grabbed the dogs and headed up to Potowatami State Park to tromp around in the snow, knowing it would be one of the last weekends before the crowds of people, mosquitoes, and wood ticks hatched.
It’s been a great winter for ice, so we decided to hike out along the shoreline to the boat landing, and then come back on the Ice Age Trail thru the woods. This gave us a chance to see the park from another vantage point normally reserved for boats and spend some extra time under the sun.
Along the way, we came across this mini igloo erected by some bored ice fishermen…or maybe bored ice fishermen’s children. I hadn’t been taking too many pictures because it was cold enough to shut my phone down if I had it out too long, but the minute I saw this, I knew I had to grab a few shots for Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge.
With all the melt and the mud, the dogs and I are stuck pounding the pavement until early summer, when it will at least dry up enough for chemically aided woodland hikes (translation: my body parts slathered in OFF and Front Line on the dogs). I guess I’ll just have to console myself with sunshine and bike rides. Oh darn.
Hmm… I saw one around here too. I wonder if that had any special meaning 😉 I am glad it is getting warmer!
It reminds me of stacked stone sculptures that people build along the shorelines here – where they take small flat stones and build little towers.
Looks like modern art, igloo style. Oh spring will be sensational!
It sure will – already had my first bike ride yesterday. Supposed to cool off again (thirties Fahrenheit so not too bad) so I have time to get my bike in for its spring tune up.
We had great weather last week but tonight it is snowing! Boo!
Boo is right! No snow in March!
Hi Sue, I really adore your photos this week. Thanks for playing 🙂
Thank you, Cee!
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Sue, I’m a lover of winter as well, but this one was long and very, very cold. Spring has definitely come to the Chicago area and one other joy of winter is the anticipation and then arrival of spring, made better in contrast. 🙂
It was cold, wasn’t it? Last year too! But it seems like we are getting warmer sooner this year. This past week all the red wings and robins arrived, and I heard sand hill cranes yesterday. Just waiting for the pelicans, now!
It’s hard to tell with March. Some years it warms up early, some it’s cold the entire month. I’m ready for a warm spell this time around!
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Sweet! Thank you Cee!
You are welcome Sue. 🙂
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These are a fabulous find but I am dyin’ for some sunshine and bike riding! 😉
Hmmm maybe a frozen rune.
Oh hadn’t thought of that. Intriguing…
Family trees, igloos (or the lack thereof, in my case) and poop … our blog post topics are on similarly odd trajectories. And I like odd! Craig
Thanks, Craig! I’ll have to check out your blog – I like odd too! 🙂
Oh wait- your Crazy Letters From Grandma Craig! Lol – love reading your grandma stories- she had a big personality, that’s for sure!