Roundup of writing about winter 2013-4

As we enter late winter, I thought now might be a good time to share some of my favorite essays about appreciating the season which were published this winter.

Elegant explanation of an interesting project that connects past experiences of winter in a place to present visitors of place: http://grist.org/climate-energy/blast-from-the-past-audio-project-reminds-us-that-times-and-temps-are-changing/

A piece that focuses attention on trees, and what they offer to urban scenery during the winter (specifically about elms in New York City, but you can consider other examples closer to home). http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/23/opinion/sunday/in-the-treetops-a-winter-gift.html?_r=1

A nice photo-based piece on ice caves in the Apostle Islands: http://thecookerymaven.com/2014/01/our-morning-at-the-ice-caves/ Another piece demonstrates all the wonder and fun people experienced while visiting the caves: http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2014/02/a-frozen-walk-to-island-ice-caves/100682

An author writing a story, one word at a time, each word imprinted in a different snow scene: http://instagram.com/snowshelleyjackson#

A math professor’s reflections: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/culture/2012/12/the-wondrous-mathematics-of-winter-and-snow.html

Milwaukee photographer and writer Eddee Daniel’s reflections on one day’s experiences skiing in Milwaukee: http://urbanwilderness-eddee.blogspot.com/2014/02/cross-country-in-heart-of-city.html

And I’ll also share my piece about an unusual Wisconsin winter tradition: https://milwaukeesnow.com/2014/02/03/walk-across-lake-winnebago-impressions-from-my-first-time-crossing-the-ice-2/

And a news piece with some perspective on the season that will seem surprising to most of us in Wisconsin: http://knowmore.washingtonpost.com/2014/02/20/last-month-was-one-of-the-warmest-januaries-ever-no-really/

I am happy to hear other recommendations for articles that help us appreciate the kind of winters we have in Wisconsin. (As well as for articles on appreciating Wisconsin winters during other seasons, which I can share through my list at http://wisconsinnatureart.wordpress.com/reading-recommendations/ ) I may update this post at the end of winter; and I think I will try to do this in future winters as well. Here’s to enjoying what every season has to offer, while that season is around…

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Dr. Jeffrey Filipiak, Milwaukee's Ambassador of Snow, loves winter, Milwaukee, and environmental history! He has taught college courses on topics including history, writing, environmental ethics, food studies, the Great Lakes, and sustainability. You can contact him at ambassadorofsnow@gmail.com.
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