“Mirth is like a flash of lightning, that breaks through a gloom of clouds, and glitters for a moment; cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind, and fills it with a steady and perpetual serenity”. – Joseph Addison
Winter can be extremely long and grueling here in Minnesota. I’ve learned long ago that the art to surviving a Minnesota winter means embracing it. Layer up, lace the boots and put on a pair of snowshoes. Get outside and enjoy the serenity of a beautiful winter wonderland.
I read in the paper that the Minnehaha Falls had finally froze over and it was attracting a lot of attention. Photographers and thrill seekers were going to explore the frozen falls, risking some serious injuries to get up close and personal on the treacherous ice. Many did not heed the posted warning or listen to the park policeman yelling at them to get out from behind the falls.
I took these shots of the magical frozen falls from above where it was safe. Did I want to get a photo like this amazing one I saw in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, heck yeah! But I wasn’t going to risk it. Instead, I grabbed these photos below using my iPhone and stared in awe and wonder at the incredible beauty of winter in Minnesota.
Who would have thought there could be so much beauty and complexity in ice?
A different take of the same shot using filters on Instagram.
“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open”. – Jawaharlal Nehru
“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams”. – Ashley Smith
This post was inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: Serenity. To view more entries, click here.