St. Louis weather is largely unpredictable, with a warm, sunny day followed immediately by a freak snow storm. There's a saying here that goes something like "if you don't like the weather, just wait a day and it'll probably change." Except for summer weather. Heat and humidity are the name of the game of summer in St. Louis.
During one of my many visits to the Missouri Botanical Garden's orchid show in February, I noticed a "what's in season" sign. It was the middle of winter, so I didn't expect any flowers or trees to be showing. Instead, the sign read:
"Seiwa-en: Garden of Pure, Clear Harmony and Peace. Snow is considered to be a flower in the Japanese Garden. In the winter, shapes and contrasts become the visual pleasures of this garden, and many elements are meant to be appreciated when the snow delineates their graceful forms."
Beautiful right? It inspired me to venture outside to take a few pictures during the next snow. Predictably, the snow only stayed around for about a day, so I'm glad I went when I did.
I stood by this waterfall for a few minutes before walking out of the Japanese garden. Have you ever noticed how being still for a few minutes in normal life seems like hours? Well, it was a beautiful place to spend a few moments or a few hours.