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  1. Prairie’s Winter Wonderland A visual presentation of a magical season

  2. Prairie’s Winter Wonderland A visual presentation of a magical season

  3. “Cardinals” Mary Mullen “Joy in looking and comprehending is nature’s most beautiful gift.” -Albert Einstein

  4. There is neither heaven nor earth Only snow, Falling incessantly - Hashin Ralph Tyksinski, finished shoveling, for now.

  5. Ian (on snow shoes) taller than Barb, Lake Wisconsin, by Bob Park “It may happen that small differences in the initial conditions produce very great ones in the final phenomena.” -Henri Poincare

  6. “Out of the bosom of the air out of the cloud-folds of her garments shaken, over the woodlands brown and bare, over the harvest-fields forsaken, silent, and soft, and slow descends the snow.” -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow “Garage House” Mary Mullen

  7. “Snow Dragon” Peter, Lisa, and Iris. Photo by Galen Smith Green thoughts emerge from some deep source of stillness which the very fact of winter has released. - Mirabel Osler

  8. “Queen Anne’s snowed” Mary Mullen “The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.” -Eden Phillpots

  9. “Snow Duck” Madeline Long-Arnold The Fish The fish who lives within the stream  has trouble when it snows. He sinks, resulting from the weight of snowflakes on his nose. While I sit by the fireplace and warm my little toes Far from the cold, and with a book contented, I repose. Rachel Long (written in high school)

  10. “Bright Red Family” Mary Mullen Nature chose for a tool, not the earthquake or lightning to rend and split asunder, not the stormy torrent or eroding rain, but the tender snow-flowers noiselessly falling through unnumbered centuries. - John Muir

  11. “The question is not what you look at, but what you see.” -Henry David Thoreau Prairie sledding party at Elver Park

  12. “Kites on Ice 2005”Galen Smith If there were no tribulation, there would be no rest; if there were no winter, there would be no summer. - St. John Chrysostom

  13. “Female Cardinal” Mary Mullen Someone painted pictures on my Windowpane last night -- Willow trees with trailing boughs And flowers, frosty white, And lovely crystal butterflies; But when the morning sun Touched them with its golden beams, They vanished one by one. - Helen Bayley Davis, Jack Frost

  14. Photo by Andy Swartz I'm particularly fond of this photo of Emma, Caleb, and Kristin. I took the photo on our spring break ski trip in the Northwoods this year. A wonderful, sunny, warmish day on snow in the quiet woods near Mercer. We had a wonderful lunch break at a little log cabin warming hut overlooking a beautiful stream... Great family memories.

  15. If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant. - Anne Bradstreet “Morning Light” Dorothy Krause

  16. There are two seasonal diversions that can ease the bite of any winter. One is the January thaw. The other is the seed catalogues. - Hal Borland “Mail Boxes” Mary Mullen

  17. “Winter Swamp” Colin Bosch “The subtlety of nature is greater many times over than the subtlety of the senses and understanding.” -Sir Francis Bacon

  18. Eskimo Child, Fairbanks Winter Carnival, March 1953 Photo by Galen Smith The north wind doth blow, And we shall have snow, And what will the dormouse do then, Poor thing? Roll'd up like a ball, In his nest snug and small, He'll sleep till warm weather comes in, Poor thing. - Traditional ballad, The North Wind Doth Blow

  19. “Cooper’s Eyes” Mary Mullen Keep your faith in beautiful things; in the sun when it is hidden, in the Spring when it is gone. - Roy R. Gibson

  20. Ian and snow bunny at Lake Wisconsin, by Bob Park “One cannot fix one’s eyes on the commonest natural production without finding food for a rambling fancy.” -Jane Austen

  21. “Wren House” Mary Mullen “How full of the creative genius is the air in which these are generated! I should hardly admire more if the real stars fell and lodged on my coat. Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand.” -Henry David Thoreau

  22. Life is a series of little deaths out of which life always returns. - Charles Feidelson, Jr. Ralph, walking on water

  23. Rose, Galen, and Peter Smith Fairbanks, Alaska, 1954 The world's great age begins anew, The golden years return, The earth doth like a snake renew Her winter weeds outworn. - John Davies. 1570-1626

  24. “Ice Window’s East” Mary Mullen “The subtlety of nature is greater many times over than the subtlety of the senses and understanding.” -Sir Francis Bacon

  25. “This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere: the dew is never all dried at once: a shower is forever falling: vapor ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal sunset, eternal dawn and gloaming, on seas and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls.” -John Muir “Snow Comp 2” Colin Bosch

  26. “Snowy Branches” Mary Mullen And for the season it was winter, and they that know the winters of that country know them to be sharp and violent, and subject to cruel and fierce storms. . . . For summer being done, all things stand upon them with a weather-beaten face, and the whole country, full of woods and thickets, represented a wild and savage hue. - William Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation, 1650

  27. If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome. Anne Bradstreet (1612 - 1672), 'Meditations Divine and Moral,' 1655 Log cabin, Deep River Ontario, by Bob Park’s dad (194?)

  28. “Lake Mendota” Mary Mullen “Like a great poet, nature knows how to produce the greatest effects with the most limited means.” -Heinrich Heine

  29. “Squirrel Visitor” Dorothy Krause "Hear! hear!" screamed the jay from a neighboring tree, where I had heard a tittering for some time, "winter has a concentrated and nutty kernel, if you know where to look for it."  ~Henry David Thoreau, 1858 journal entry

  30. Snowman at Barb and Bob Park’s house It snowed and snowed, the whole world over, Snow swept the world from end to end. A candle burned on the table; A candle burned. Author: Boris Pasternak Source: Doctor Zhivago

  31. The flowers of late winter and early spring occupy places in our hearts well out of proportion to their size. - Gertrude S. Wister Jeff Studdaroot, giving rides at dog races, Fairbanks, March 1953Galen Smith

  32. “Winter Coneflowers” Mary Mullen I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape - the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter.  Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn't show.  ~Andrew Wyeth

  33. Photo by Ralph Tyksinski • The trees down the boulevard • stand naked in thought, • Their abundant summery • wordage silenced, caught • In the grim undertow; • naked the trees confront • Implacable winter's long, • cross-questioning brunt. • D. H. Lawrence, • Winter in the Boulevard, 1916

  34. There is a privacy about it which no other season gives you.... In spring, summer and fall people sort of have an open season on each other; only in the winter, in the country, can you have longer, quiet stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself.  ~Ruth Stout “Swing set” Mary Mullen

  35. “There is nothing in the world more beautiful than the forest clothed to its very hollows in snow. It is the still ecstasy of nature, wherein every spray, every blade of grass, every spire of reed, every intricacy of twig, is clad with radiance.” -Fiona Macleod “Early Snowfall” Dorothy Krause

  36. “Cold Forest” Colin Bosch “There is a pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture on the lonely shore, there is a society where none intrudes, by the deep sea and music in its roar: I love not man the less, but nature more.” -Lord Byron

  37. Reindeer Ride, Fairbanks, March 1953 Galen Smith Every gardener knows that under the cloak of winter lies a miracle ... a seed waiting to sprout, a bulb opening to the light, a bud straining to unfurl. And the anticipation nurtures our dream. - Barbara Winkler

  38. Jim and Robert Park, Deep River, Ontario “If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life.” -Rachel Carson

  39. “Birdbath” Mary Mullen Winter is the time for comfort - it is the time for home. - Edith Sitwell

  40. "Prairie broom hockey game" The people in the center are Gary Giorgi (who is still listed as a Prairie member though I haven't seen him at Prairie for some time), Katrina Schroeder and Ian Park. I don't know who the photographer was, perhaps Carl Wacker. (photo and info provided by Bob Park)

  41. The tedious part of the mind, so to speak, is more developed in winter; the fleshy, in summer. I should say winter had given the bone and sinew to literature, summer the tissues and the blood. ~ John Burroughs ~ The Snow-Walkers “Trail” Mary Mullen

  42. Frosted blooms, by Bob Park In the bleak midwinter Frosty wind made moan, Earth stood hard as iron, Water like a stone; Snow had fallen, snow on snow, Snow on snow, In the bleak midwinter, Long ago. - Christina Rossetti, A Christmas Carol

  43. Shed no tear - O, shed no tear! The flower will bloom another year. Weep no more - O, weep no more! Young buds sleep in the root's white core. - John Keats Winter at the Tyksinsky’s

  44. “Snow Ridge” Mary Mullen “In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.” -Aristotle

  45. In a way Winter is the real Spring - the time when the inner things happen, the resurgence of nature. - Edna O'Brien Powderhorn Park, Minneapolis, by Bob Park

  46. “The Sun Came Out” Colin Bosch Announced by all the trumpets of the sky, arrives the snow, and, driving o'er the fields, seems nowhere to alight: the whited air hides hills and woods, the river, and the heaven, and veils the farmhouse at the garden's end. The sled and traveller stopped, the courier's feet delayed, all friends shut out, the housemates sit around the radiant fireplace, enclosed in a tumultuous privacy of storm. Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson Source: The Snow-Storm

  47. “Park Patches” Mary Mullen For the ignorant, old age is as winter; for the learned, it is a harvest. - Jewish Proverb

  48. Dog races, FairbanksMarch 1953Galen Smith February is merely as long as is needed to pass the time until March. - Dr. J. R. Stockton

  49. “Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.” -Henry David Thoreau “Snowy Lilac” Mary Mullen