snow day remix

Re-posting with the photos that ran in Sunday's and today's paper..

I woke up Saturday to see the snow still falling after far surpassing the three inches of accumulation that were forecasted. I threw on my snow boots, grabbed a Subaru from the office and hit the unplowed streets (perhaps getting overconfident with the all-wheel drive) in search of features, after confirming that both of my assignments for the day were canceled. The neighborhoods on the SE and NE side close to downtown are always a good place to find people outside. (Above 19th St SE I had a hard time finding anyone out, but below 19th was like shooting fish in a barrel. CR readers will understand this; for you others, just know that CR the personality of our neighborhoods changes block-by-block.) And, of course, all of this gets more difficult to cover in a new way the more often it snows.

Lewis Kleman, 7, left, and his brother Caleb Kleman, 8, brush snow off their neighbor’s sidewalk as snow continues to fall on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009, in Southeast Cedar Rapids. Between four and eight inches of snow fell over east-central Iowa overnight and into midmorning. More snow is expected Sunday and Monday before temperatures dip into the teens and single digits.

..and here’s an outtake of Caleb. I love how rosy his cheeks are. The boys were clearing snow for the neighbor, but not their own mom, who was just starting to clear the walk in front of their house while Caleb and Lewis were finishing up their project.

I pulled up C Ave NE and saw several people in the midst of brushing off and digging out their cars. It’s a chore I never look forward to, but we all have to do.

Paul Kleinstauber cleans snow off of his car on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009, as snow continues to fall in Northeast Cedar Rapids.

I usually try to swing through a couple of parks when feature hunting, but didn’t really expect to find anyone in Bever Park that day. Cathy was just leaving the park when I pulled up next to her, got her name and let her go on her way back home, following along from a distance with a long lens. The snow was completely unspoiled, and little Teddy seemed to be having a great time bounding through the drifts that were nearly as tall as he was.

Cathy Rawson walks her dog Teddy through Bever Park in Southeast Cedar Rapids on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009, as snow continues to fall.

We're expecting more snow and single digit / below zero temps the rest of this week. Sigh. How many days til spring?

1 comment:

  1. I like that shot of Cathy Rawson in Bever park a lot.