The Last of Winter in Wisconsin

Ice Out - Not Yet © 2015 Bo Mackison

Ice Out – Not Yet © 2015 Bo Mackison

The snow is melting. A fine layer of sand coats many of the road surfaces, but the ice is gone. Heavy winter coats are back in the far corner of the closet, though the lighter winter coats are still front and center. Although there are a few piles of snow in parking lots, most of the snow is gone.  The last remains of winter remain on the lakes.

It was a long, cold, unrelenting winter. Once the cold in early January took hold, there were no warm spells, and even  ten days ago we were still seeing -2˚ in the early morning. But a week of sun and warming temperatures, and winter has disappeared and a muddy early spring has arrived.

Only the lakes are still winter bound. And parts of the larger lakes are still covered with 12-15 inches of ice.

Not ready for winter to warm into spring? Head down to the lakes for a last look at winter’s grip.

About Bo Mackison

I'm a photographer, book-artist, traveler, naturalist, and creator of the Contemplative Creatives Journey, An Online Workshop and Community and Desert Wisdom Cards and Workshops. Though often not well known, I find the desert a welcoming place - a healing space. Its mysteries and gifts transformed me several years ago. Since that first encounter, I return again and again to fill my well in what most people think of as a desolate region. I'd love to share my desert discoveries and wisdom with you. Please subscribe to receive my five part mini email course The Gifts of the Desert. It's my gift to you.


  1. What part of Wisconsin are you in? It’s hard to tell if that’s Lake Michigan with their being so many lakes! And when we lived near Waukegan, I don’t recall the lake ever totally freezing.

    Spring is on the way here in Virginia. It should be by you shortly.


  2. Bo Mackison says:

    Madison — the city of 4 lakes!

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