Winter


“Winter Mailbox” © R.L. Herron

When you live in a northern climate, there are a lot of bad things about winter.

The worst part about this winter, from a photographic perspective, is the lack of snow (never thought I would say that).

They’ve even had snow in Florida this year and, as far south as Miami, have recorded the coldest January in ten years. We’ve had cold days and some snow, but we’re far behind our average. Not that I’m complaining.

February still has the potential to be brutal, and shoveling is not my favorite winter sport.

It’s warming up a bit this week. Not much. It’s above freezing and what snow we had is melting. That’s not a bad thing. It’s just beginning to look old and dirty outside. I guess the winter blahs have hit me.

So, I wish it would snow.

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t want as much as the picture above. Just enough to brighten the scenery, give it a fairy tale glow, and make venturing around the local parks and lakes with my camera worthwhile.

I also wish I had a client right now for whom I could do some design work or writing. I sometimes wish I had a place in Florida, too, where it’s supposed to be warm enough for shorts in January, even if it isn’t this year.

While I’m wishing, I wish there was more I could do for the unfortunate victims in Haiti. I wish we had world peace, too, but don’t worry, I’m not about to try twirling a baton for you (I’ll leave that to Sarah Palin).

I’ve never been one to stake my life on wishes. For better or worse, life must be taken as we find it. For the time being, I’m only thinking of doing more photography in the spring, while I snuggle warmly indoors with my lovely bride of almost forty years.

Now that I think about it, life could definitely be worse.

 


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