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    Posted November 12, 2012 by
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    Travel photo of the day

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    Winter magic


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Kalalau123 captured this photo of a winter scene last weekend during an ice and snow storm near Stettler, Alberta. "I've seen it a thousand times before. Beautiful light and sun after almost 12 sunless and snowy days that were depressing. Beauty always comes with great storms, no matter where you are," he says. "Winter here now is mild, but we were -20 F with an inch of freezing rain preceding the two feet of snow we had." This image was selected as CNN's Travel Photo of the Day for January 23, 2013.
    - Anika3, CNN iReport producer

    Two inches of hoar frost and then freezing rain, and then two feet of snow and -20 below zero. Tough times here and yet in bright sunlight incredibly beautiful. All storms reveal such beauty at their height or near their end. Such is life.
    In all things, positives and negatives co-exist. Live the paradox. In literature it is called dramatic tension. In Chinese philosophy it is called Yin and Yang.
    Sometimes good fathers lose their cool. Some judges and policemen are corrupt. Giving too much to children can destroy their ability to care for themselves. Smothering little creatures with too much love will make them want to escape their home. Put this way, if you make life too easy for your children or grandchildren they will never grow up to fulfill any destiny.
    Put it another way: Teach your children to wild and dangerously under the open sky. Then again, what do I know?
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