What we call winter in these parts (Northern Hemisphere) officially began on Sunday, December 21, 2014 and will end on Thursday, March 19, 2015.
While we are not sure what this winter’s weather will be overall or day-to-day, we do know that last winter was said to be too cold even for polar bears and penguins according to CNN.
Winter weather, specifically snow, is a welcome sight for many, while for some a dreaded inconvenience that can even be downright dangerous. This of course depends on where you are and what you are doing. At a ski lodge for example, snow is expected, an essential ingredient for winter sports world wide.
Weather forecasting in general is a big deal and there is a cable channel dedicated exclusively to providing us updates 24/7 -and of course you can also follow them on twitter. Having up to the minute weather information is essential for those in the transportation businesses, especially the shipping and airline industries.
For those of us on the ground, it is a daily concern – mostly so that we know how to dress. A few of us go for a more “general” outlook to the winter season while others need more immediate reports – sometimes for variety of locations. We seek and get “news” of weather conditions locally, nationally, and internationally from TV, internet, radio, and a wide array of apps on our smart phones.
Now back to snow – it is no surprise that snow is made of countless snow-flakes but what is always surprising – at least to me – is how beautiful these individual flakes are and how many kinds there are. Should you seek it, there is much information out there about snow. An obvious place to start for the science of it, is with the snow experts, but if your interests are more cultural or linguistic, you may want to know that the Eskimo language has very specific words to describe various types of snow. Icing conditions on the other hand are as beautiful as they are dangerous. Ice is treacherous for almost everyone and everything.
As a city dweller with no responsibilities for snow removal, I love to look – just look – not play in it, go skiing or anything like that – just look. I enjoy it as a visual enhancement of my world. I can take my time to marvel at the transformative effect on the landscape.
While I don’t have the tools to photograph the individual contributors to “snow” I do like to capture images of how the flakes congregate in different places and on different surfaces.
I’m waiting for the next snowfall…