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Liking the Cold

This month’s image, "Icebound Intake," shows the Wilson Avenue Water Intake Crib surrounded by ice -- with the moon watching over it. 

It was a frigid winter's twilight when I took this image and very quiet -- except the ice creaking and groaning as the lake moved beneath it. 

Maybe it's because I grew up in rural Minnesota, but I like the cold. I like it because it reminds me of being young and playing outdoors in the winter for hours. Bundling up to stay warm was like the summer ritual of slathering on sunscreen -- a toleration that let us play outside longer.

I will continue to like the cold until the dampness of spring is upon us, the heat of summer wilts us and the blustery winds of fall bring us back to the cold of winter.