Hello Friends and Family,

1976 - North Oaks, MN, Part 2

Link to this year's index by clicking here.

Surprise!!! I found some more of my winter photos from Minnesota. Enjoy.

For those who don't know, residents of Minnesota are susceptible to "cabin fever" — the feeling that you can't stand being cooped up in a house (or cabin) for a minute longer.

The only cure is that you have to get outside no matter how cold it is.

So I bundled up in my Arctic parka, pulled the fur-lined hood over my head, strapped on some boots, and stepped outside.

The sun was shining and the snow pristine — as if the Disney artists had just painted the landscape in white.

Yes, it looks like a fairyland. The snow has covered everything — houses, bushes, driveways, main roads — everything.

Picturesque? The dictionary says "picturesque" means "visually attractive, especially in a quaint or pretty style".

Maybe we need to invent a new word for this breathtaking beauty because even the Thesaurus falls short — "attractive, pretty, beautiful, lovely, scenic, charming, quaint, pleasing, delightful, romantic".

Good thing I remembered to bring my camera. If I had not captured these images, you might not believe it.

Besides bringing back old memories, these photos have meaning in my current life.

On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, I was working my relatively new job in the outdoor garden area at a Lowes home improvement store.

The temperatures here in Phoenix were in the low 100s. I know they say it's a dry heat but it is extreme heat!

But at least one can escape these severe temps, whether cold or hot, by just going indoors. Thank goodness for heating and air conditioning.

Life is good.

B. David

P. S., All photos and text © B. David Cathell Photography, Inc. — www.bdavidcathell.com