Wayzata, Minnesota

Friday, January 16, 2015

Off to the Lake

I sure like the sound of that.  If only the lake wasn't frozen.

But even the croaking of frogs everywhere abounds, as our spell of bitter cold weather is changing to the balmy somewhat recherche air of a hopeful thaw, for this time of year.

Emerging from his bed of snow he hops into a warm pocket of springy air.

I'm free!

Of course not all that is frozen will be released from the icy clutches that weigh them down.

The upside, no long lines, and plenty of parking.

This snowy street in Stillwater, surely caught a melting spree yesterday, with more arriving this weekend.

Not all of our lakes and rivers are frozen solid.

Although lakes like Lake Nokomis are frozen shut, but with easy access from shore to ice.

Okay so this photo was taken back during the summer.  The quote is important to recall.

Lost in a blanket of fluffy white snow
we drift down
softening our bottoms
whistling in the face of blizzards
yet, all cozy and comfy 
by the fireside
with perspiring faces
thirsty for cocoa
and the frost on our bottoms
to take a leave
until the next round
puts us chest deep in fluffy white snow.

Oh well.  It is what it is.


On my way to the lake, I'll be stopping by a Montessori school for a precious little munchkin and then it's off to visit the Trumpeter Swans of Monticello, Mn.  and more about visiting the Trumpeter Swans!  

Trumpeter Swans aren't new to Minnesota and I've tracked them to Hudson, Wisconsin and even closer to home in Cannon Falls, Minnesota.  

It's been a long while since I've posted any photos of them here.

Silly?  No way, it's one of the things that keeps our frozen tundra of minds flowing freely.


Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I like the frozen frog!

Jeanie said...

Is that the riverboat where they do (or used to do) old melodramas in the summer? Years (OK, decades) ago when visiting a friend in Mpls., we went to a show there on a warm summer night -- all the boo-hiss! Great fun. Hope they still do it, even if not on that boat!

I want to go to the lake, too -- the melted, warm, bright blue lake. Longing for summer!

aspiritofsimplicity said...

Winter and I have come to an understanding....mostly a result of me learning to find the joy

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

I walked out with the d.a.w.g. on frozen Lake Siri a couple weeks ago.

I took some pics...maybe I'll go back a few hundred and see if any turned out?


TexWisGirl said...

sweet swans!! cute little snow frogs. :)

Debbie said...

I just adore swans, they are so beautiful!!!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

"Ribbit" - Killroy


Swans, Ice, and Frozen frogs leaping into the Spring air. You've covered it all here today.

But wait........STILLWATER? As in Pennsylvania?

Filip and Kristel said...

First I thought it was a statue but the fog really moved.


sage said...

I like the look of the town of Stillwater--it looks like my kind of place.

Cloudia said...

Think ima show a froggy toad tomorrow, K!

ALOHA from Honolulu

laura.forestdreams:) said...

i guess the frogs you have up there are really used to the COLD...they must have hard, stony, thick skin!! :) here in FL...all the froggies are still in hiding...waiting for the warmer temps to arrive! the snowy pic's...your poem, the quote to remember AND the beautiful swan!!

Mike @ A Bit About Britain said...

Like your poem, the photo of the swan - and want to hear that the frog will turn into a handsome prince in chapter 2.

humbird said...

Loved the humorous take on our winter, February - ahead with its ice sculptures and snow monuments. Will the weather provide the proper temp for it? Will see. :)x

eileeninmd said...

Cute, I love the frogs.. And the pretty scenery.. The swan is beautiful and always a pretty sighting! Have a happy week, stay warm!

eileeninmd said...

Cute, I love the frogs.. And the pretty scenery.. The swan is beautiful and always a pretty sighting! Have a happy week, stay warm!

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Karen; I love the way you hinted in your writing that the warm (thawing) season will come through snow and frog etc :-) Sweet swan♡♡♡
Love the quote on the stone and the poem; yes, I think I should look up and think bright side♪

Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend, xoxo Miyako*

Breathtaking said...

Hello Karen!:Been ages since I saw so much snow.Lovely snow scenes, engaging little frog, and quote, not forgeting your poem. Love the last photo of the lonely little snowman!:)

Cranberry Morning said...

I was just going to ask if that was the St. Croix river. We love visiting Stillwater. Thanks for the info on the rooster!

Jean | said...

Karen, your lovely photos capture the enchantment of winter. I never expected to see a frog in them!

Grace said...

All is frozen here too ~ Specially like that croaking frog ~

Hey, hot cocoa is perfect ~

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I do enjoy your icy landscapes Karen, so very different from my own right now.. not looking forward to a scorcher next week. Would be so could if we could share :)

Gail said...

Beautiful but COLD.

I like the saying and your poem.

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Karen, I love those snow frogs. Your photos are beautiful and the lakes remind me of childhood growing up in Michigan. The swans are always an amazing sight to see. Lovely.
Beautiful poetry too.
Have a special day.
Hugs, CM