“In a universe of ambiguity, this kind of certainty comes only once, and never again, no matter how many lifetimes you live.”
Robert James Waller, "The Bridges of Madison County"
Not that we wish for harsh conditions, but with some lament, this winter has not been severe enough to create the "once a decade or so" phenomena of having safe walking to the ice caves on Lake Superior at Cornupcopia , WI. I was fortunate enough last winter to make three trips to view and photograph this awe-inspiring landscape. The only downside for those who do not relish a shitload of people was the crowd factor.....literally thousands of visitors a day, lined up going and coming on the lake like prisoners in a Russain gulag. A sight in and of itself. Imagine setting up a tripod, attempting to concentrate, focus accurately on abstract ice sculpture, and having an entire semi-load of idiot mouth-breathing miscreants and their untamed children walk in front of the camera, as though you did not exist, or at best, were some fixture of the environment that was otherwise unnoticeable. Time for deep breathing and thankfulness that I live on this remote farm with my dog and the conspicuous absence of my species.