Moving to the light

We’ve turned the calendar page to a new month and new year. But we’ve also started gaining more daylight with each day. At first it seems imperceptible and yet those half minutes eventually add up.

In the north we are still in the depths of winter. The snow is getting deeper and we’re continuing to get slaps of polar temperatures from the north. Our cold will continue for another month or more. My coping mechanism is to follow the light and the increasing daylight. The sun will slowly rise to a higher angle and it will shine through our coldness for a longer time each day. Eventually our part of the planet will tip towards the south and we will say goodbye to our cold temperatures and short days. But until then, I plan to embrace (as best I can!) the cold and the beauty of winter.

After the summer storm

With the heat of summer we often have storms develop in the late afternoon after the high temperatures have built up throughout the day. One early evening I walked south to Como Park but noticed a large and dark cloud to the northwest. It was threatening but there was clearing after it. When I reached the McNeely Conservatory the sun was just sliding below the cloud, it’s rays streaming and illuminating the sky above and the sun itself lit up the dome of the conservatory. It was a beautiful albeit fleeting moment. Sometimes we are put in just the right spot to see and appreciate the beauty around us, if we will only look for it and take it all in.