#SOL16: Winter

winter first


That season between Fall and Spring

Sometimes that never ending season that seems to begin in October and end in April.

The meteorologist on tv merrily says,

“Precipitation is headed your way!”

Will it be







slowly and gently falling?

torrential downpour?

Will the weather map be

pink for ice?

light blue for some snow?

medium blue for some accumulation?

deep blue for snow to be measured in “feet”?


I prefer snow . . .

the cleansing beauty of a layer of snow,

the crunch underfoot while

while walking in a winter wonderland.

winter one

Closely examining leaves frozen in time

as brilliant crystals glow in the sunlight.

winter two

Beauty or Danger?

Snow and frost accumulate on windhields,

Requiring scraping so views are not obstructed.

Daily scraping,


Crispy, cold, and repetitious!

winter three

How much snow?

A skiff?

A blanket?

An inch or two?

Six or seven inches?

A foot?

Snow day?

snow day

An opportunity to read a good book?

Alas, not meant to be!

Road crews working diligently to make sure the roads are safe for travel.

winter three and half

Making sure we can get where we need to be.

Don’t forget to stop and look.

Where are we going?

Where have we been?

What did we see along the way?

winter four




What do you see in winter?

Most of the time,

I love winter in Iowa!

winter last


Tuesday is the day to share a “Slice of Life” with Two Writing Teachers. Thank you, Anna, Betsy, Beth, Dana, Deb, Kathleen, Stacey, and Tara. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here. 

18 responses

  1. Great post Fran! It’s ironic because we’re experiencing our first snow day here in Michigan and the first post I read today is about Winter! 🙂 I’m a big fan of Summer and Fall myself! 😉

    1. Lisa, love Snow Days (and Lester Laminack’s book about Snow Days as well!)!!!

      Of all four seasons, it is definitely not my favorite. All things in moderation seems to be my current mantra! ❤

      1. Oh, that’s my mantra as well, but I usually apply that to food! LOL! I do have a sweet tooth and a love for chocolate! 🙂

  2. I know I’m romanticizing it, but I’m jealous of all you folk who get a real winter. We had a bit of chill in the air and now we’re back to the mid-60s. Is it best to look at winter from my lens, through yours?
    Safe travels my friend!

    1. Julieanne,
      Your lens is probably better. You would be freezing as mid-teens are our expected highs for the next several days!

  3. As I sit here on our first first snow day of the year, I can appreciate your words. I like snow, but I don’t like to be out in it. I think I am truly blessed by having all four seasons. I will be reading, writing, catching up on grading and just enjoying this season…at least for today!

    1. Thanks, Leigh Anne!
      So many different views because it can look so different EVERYWHERE!

  4. I. Hate. The. Snow.

    The End

    1. So sorry, Dana, that you are not finding any JOY in snow!

  5. I echo Dana’s sentiments especially the older I get. I do love the beauty of freshly fallen snow covering the landscape and there is nothing more beautiful then the sun glistening on ice covered branches after an ice storm. I just wish I didn’t have to shovel.

    1. Shoveling is such a pain. Someone had a shovel attached to a wheel yesterday. Maybe like a one row planter type thing – would be a great invention. Pushing snow, not shoveling, would be a great idea!

      Agree – the beauty is amazing. The reality of having to be out and about in it. Not.so.much!

  6. I love the beauty and silence of snow, but not its day to day grind…shoveling, boots, coats, etc. Int eh Portland, OR snow is such a novelty that things shut down and I get to go out and enjoy it.

    1. Adrienne,
      So interesting that Portland doesn’t have much snow. I think of them as being NORTH!

      I don’t need snow every day, but I think I would miss it if I never saw snow. I’ll have to think about that! What would I trade for “some snow”?

  7. I felt I was reading a beautiful picture book, Fran. We had six snowflakes today, and I danced. My daughter shook her head and said, “You are dancing now, but you’ll be crying tomorrow”. She’s probably right…but I enjoyed the snow (and the dance) anyway.

    1. It’s fun when we ease into the snow. Dancing in the snow or because of the snow- also a lovely picture!

      Thanks, Tara!

  8. You’ve captured the many moods of winter so beautifully, Fran! I love peaceful, quiet snow, and am looking forward to at least one snow day so I can read all day!

  9. As my 3d graders are preparing to publish their information book on Friday, I hear myself teling them to “be sure to only add images that enhance your words.” You, my friend have a gift for this. I love both your words and the clever images chosen to enrich your writing. I’m in VA and flurries are falling as I type this! But no snow day in sight. It is 43 degrees! Stay warm!

    1. Thank you so much, Sally! Some days matching the words and pictures seems easier than others. This seemed easy, maybe I know the subject well! I think we have above freezing temps predicted for today – so a heat wave that moved us above some single digit days!!!

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