Friday, January 25, 2013

Winter Highway at Dusk

I drove at dusk recently and marvelled at the beauty of January in northern Ohio. I doubt many people would find a stretch of midwest highway pretty in the dead of winter, but this part of the country is embedded in my soul, and I can't help but love it.

Houghton/M26 at Dusk
Photo by pcfishhk

See, the sky is prettier on snowy January days. Indigo clouds are outlined against a peach and wheat-colored sky as the sun descends. The dark brown and gray tree trunks and branches add mystery to the view. Now and then you'll see a hawk perched high on an electrical wire, watching the fields below for mice and other dinner choices.

Tiny wisps of snow swirl for a few miles then disappear.

Forests get broken up by large fields, and you have to stay alert for deer who love to leap on the highway as the sun goes down.

Exits sometimes lead to small towns that welcome the highway with their glowing lights. But I like the stretches of nothing the best. It's where my head clears and I hear my life.

There's something magical about a winter highway at dusk.

How is your weather? Cold, warm, balmy? Do you enjoy this time of year?

Have a wonderful weekend!

29 comments:

  1. I love those shades of blue. I live there too; why don't I see those colors in the sky?

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    1. They are only visible for a brief time, that's why! And if it's overcast, forget it. :)

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  2. That is a really beautiful photo. The weather here is cold, but it's not a nice cold. Right on the cusp of being too cold, but not cold enough to be pretty. It's all gray and cloudy and rainy. It's a soggy cold. Ugh. Not very motivating. It is lovely when we get noisy heavy storms though! Love a good storm.

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    1. Yeah, we have our share of gray an cloudy and rainy too. That's one of the reasons a frigid, clear day can be so gorgeous! :)

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  3. We just got two feet of fluffy white snow, and yesterday was a clear blue sky -- it was beautiful! However, by today, I'm ready for the snow to leave:) SO so so pretty to look at, not so fun to navigate through. Ever try and push a shopping cart full of groceries through a slushy-snowy parking lot? Oh my...:)

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    1. Unfortunately I HAVE pushed a grocery cart through slushy-snowy parking lot. It's the worst! And the snow is all gray and nasty too. Yuck!!

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  4. LOVE winter! I'm looking forward to getting some snow today.

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    1. We're getting it too, Monica! Maybe there will be a snowman in both our futures? :)

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  5. Beautiful tribute. Your words say it well.

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    1. I know you don't miss it, though, do you? *wink, wink* :)

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  6. Pretty photo!

    The weather has been icy cold this week...but I hear we might hit all of, like, 35 degrees this weekend. Woohoo! :) And yes, despite the cold, I do enjoy this time of year...mostly 'cause I love getting to wear colorful scarves and boots.

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    1. Woo, 35! Ha! I love wrapping up in blankets. I do get tired of wearing so many layers, though!

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  7. Okay, I'm a little in love with the skies lately. I'm seeing it as a reminder of God's promise, but He keeps blowing me away!!!

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    1. So true and a good point! The sky reminds me of God's promises too. :)

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  8. Today it's cloudy and rainy...and brrrr cold!

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    1. Eww, I'm not a fan of January rains. Try to stay warm!

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  9. I love the picture.

    We woke to a white carpet of snow this morning. I don't care to have the snow. Hubby broke his ankle five years ago and doesn't not like the ice and snow. I have fallen on dry pavement because I kicked a curb a couple of times in my life. I was ready for spring after the pre-Christmas snow.

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    1. Snow can be dangerous, that's for sure. Try to admire it from your window and stay inside today!

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  10. Brrr, very cold here in PA! We're expecting a bit of snow later today, but the main concern is ice.

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    1. Ice. Yuck. I can't tell you how many times I've landed on my buns from ice...

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  11. Jill, I honestly have to say I don't care for winter, and I feel like the longest stretches are from January through about the first of March. I'm so ready for spring!

    The weather in my neck of the woods is ever-changing, but today it's about 32 degrees with sunshine. :)

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    1. Yeah, January through March gets tough around here. I don't think it's just the cold--it's the lack of color. Everything is gray, white and brown, you know?

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  12. I agree with you, Jill. Although I've grown up in the southern part of the U.S., I get the same feelings you get when I'm surrounded by the scenes you describe. Thanks for the mental trip.

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    1. This is such a beautiful country, isn't it, Bruce? I'd love to see every state! :)

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  13. Very cold, but bright clear skies, lovely really!

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  14. I enjoy looking at wintery photos but son't miss the cold. Here in Thailand if there is frost on the grass, high in the mountains, newcrews flock to the scene to get it on film.

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