Christmas VII

The first measurable snowfall of this winter graced the central Nebraska prairie early this morning. Not enough to warrant sledding, but plenty to provide the mystical quiet that comes with the white crystal earth-insulation.

Composition: Snow on kiln brick

The same storm system produced a tornado in a very small town about 12 miles south of Siloam Springs, Arkansas where we lived until last July. Reports now say five people died. The community doesn’t have any civil defense sirens.


About pcNielsen
Paul Nielsen founded The Aesthetic Elevator late in 2005. He owns a piece of paper, located somewhere in his house (not on the wall), stating that he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska around about 2001. While there, he studied studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics, graduating with a degree in studio art. Paul presently serves as communications manager for a small non-profit doing their print design and marketing. He spends as much time sculpting in his studio as possible — which is not nearly enough. Visit his website at

One Response to Christmas VII

  1. sojournwanderer says:

    I like that snow makes the mornings bright… over here a bit west of Cleveland, it’s 50 degrees out and gray gray gray. Rain all day, but so warm I’ll probably run anyway. A dear friend, I am realizing this morning, drove through Rolla going west, about the same time as the storms were going through, headed east. I’m thankful they’re safe.

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