(Video link here.) The record snowfalls across the country have brought with them both hardship and heartening creativity. Here’s a small collection of spontaneous snow creations made in joyous defiance (including a wild New York City snow boarder). They’re accompanied by a few philosophical words about snow from one of our favorite kid’s books, Moominland Midwinter, in which a hibernating little beast wakes unexpectedly to see his first snow.

“Tell me about the snow,” Moomintroll said and seated himself in Moominpappa’s sun-bleached garden chair. “I don’t understand it.”

“I don’t either,” said Too-ticky. “You believe it’s cold, but if you build yourself a snow house it’s warm. You think it’s white, but at times it looks pink, and another time it’s blue. It can be softer than anything, and then again harder than stone. Nothing is certain.”

Indeed…

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Darumanyan — a snow cat/Tokyo 2014

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Cat image via Neatorama; other snow images via Susan Dworski

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