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Thursday, February 08, 2007

Winter Wonderland

We received several inches of snow today in Cambridge: it was wonderful!

Alas, it has mostly melted by now, but still, for the first half of the day we were in a winter wonderland.
For many children, it was a snow day. I love snow days, even at my age. When I was a kid, of course, they just meant a day off of school. But now they are something more, something precious. They are an interruption in the schedule, a blessed time to pause from the routine -- a time which, since it is unanticipated, I have not had the opportunity to fill with scheduled events (such as the weekend), nor will the time be filled with traditional and family demands (such as holidays). It is just a day off: a gift of time.

And it is a gift that comes packaged in the most beautiful white wrapping paper. In our case, today, the snow took a beautiful city and made it moreso. I hope the pictures in this post -- this time, taken by me -- help to illustrate this beauty.

Along with blanketing the city, the snow served to bring out snowmen, a traditionally under-represented group here in Cambridge, as undergraduates paused in their studies to take advantage of the snow. It also brought out another group quite prominently: photographers.

You can find some more Selwyn College photos here, and some more Cambridge photos here.






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4 Comments:

Blogger bryan said...

Those pictures were amazing... I live in south Texas. It snows here every 30 years or so. I can't imagine what it is like to see that kind of thing on a regular basis. I probably would not deal to well with the cold. Our coldest week this winter was right at 30 deg F for about 2 days.

bryan
http://isitjustme-bryan.blogspot.com

Thursday, February 08, 2007 10:33:00 PM  
Blogger James Lark said...

Yeah, when it comes to it we don't deal that well with the cold either. I'm pretty fed up of hearing the announcement "a rumoured snowflake on the railway line in Royston has stopped all trains between Cambridhe and London!!!" Frankly, the people running our railways might as well be from Texas...

Friday, February 09, 2007 12:35:00 AM  
Blogger PdB said...

Beautiful!
I recently aimed a camera at some snow myself. You would have loved this snowfall: perfect snowflakes were falling everywhere.

Friday, February 09, 2007 3:45:00 AM  
Blogger Marshall said...

Snow day as sabbath time....

Friday, February 09, 2007 7:18:00 PM  

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