During the North Dakota winter, the tendency is to stay indoors as much as possible. That’s understandable as the season can be unforgiving with scouring winds and week-long snaps of sub zero temperatures. However, the season also affords moments of profound beauty, stillness, and wonder. A favorite pastime of mine is just going out and being immersed in it all, breaking trail across the untrammeled snow and observing winter’s glory. Albeit these escapes often lead to frozen fingers, fogged lenses, and the occasional vehicle problem it all seems worth it. Here are a few images of winter time in North Dakota. Click on an image to launch the gallery.
The weather this month has been unseasonably warm. Certain days have felt like spring. The sunsets have been incredible, like this one on the shores of the Missouri River mid July. All of a sudden the dreaded season of winter in North Dakota doesn’t seem so bad. At times, it even feels like a hospitable environment capable of sustaining life, as opposed to deep space, which is the usual for this time of year.
While temperatures this day dropped below zero, with enough warm clothing I was able to stay toasty (except for my hands which I had to de-glove a few times to operate the camera).
Any cold I experienced was well worth it, to see the river in a transitory state during this time of year. As seen in the photograph, the surface of the river was just beginning to freeze and ice floes bobbed there way down river.
It’s likely that in just a few short weeks, this entire stretch could be frozen over.
If I could make one photography related New Year’s resolution it would be to embrace the winter more and spend more days like this, walking around with a camera.
Camera: Canon Rebel T2iLens: 10-18mm