Wednesday, December 29, 2010

ice storm

it's always a breath of fresh air
in many senses of the phrase
to get out of the city.
even if it means a long white-knuckled drive
in terrible conditions
on christmas evening.

those ugly conditions created for us
a fairytale backdrop
that we woke up to the next morning.
the ice storm also meant
we were without electricity and hot water
all morning,
and couldn't go swimming--
but instead we found plenty to do
in the wide open air.
sledding, eating ice, hiking,
making ice houses and playing
who can keep the largest piece of ice intact.

and with this
we wished ourselves a merry christmas
before returning to the heart of the city.
but the russian festivities are only
just beginning!


bob said...

nice music :) Happy New year to you guys

OnGod'sErrand said...

Looks like a Currier and Ives painting! Not a single snowflake here for Christmas---guess you guys got it all this year. But, the ground is now white and the temps have dropped. Just a little late this year, I guess. Stunning photos, especially those night shots!

Josie said...

Tell me there was a troika to complete this beautiful Russian scene....

Maggie Ann said...

I have really enjoyed coming across your lovely blog this evening. Your writing style and pictures are special. Happy New Year to you and your family!

brooklyn said...

those pics are AMAZING. you have such an amazing eye and talent.