Blue window frost_StaatsWhen the temperature is -26 degrees, the places that I will point my camera for interesting photographs becomes much more limited.  As our multiple days of subzero temperatures bottomed out, I found myself inside looking out, through the beautiful patterns of frost on one of the windows.  Intricate and fascinating, it was back-lit by a neighbor’s light in the distance.  I found myself going from one side of the window to the next looking for patterns that would show the detail.  And when I stepped back to see the pattern in full, it reminded me of the delicateness of a green fern.  Within a few days our temperatures moderated and the winter beauty on this window evaporated by the welcome sun.

Mississippi River winter dawn2_StaatsLike many people, we’re dealing with colder than normal temperatures.  Sometimes the cold allows for some unusual photography, and such was the case this morning.  Dressed with multiple layers we headed out before dawn, with a temp of -11.  The air was crisp, and the snow was loud and crunchy underfoot.  The main sections of the Mississippi River are frozen, but there are some areas that remain open.  We wandered down to Hidden Falls Regional Park where a portion of the river was open allowing steam to rise into the cold air.  At the edges of the open water were large sections of frost and we could see the new layers of ice forming.  It seemed unusual to hear the flowing water when the air and outside temperatures were so very cold.  Although it was a beautiful sight to enjoy, it was only for a short while as we headed back for some needed warmth and comfort.