Imagine a snowflake crystal ball with figures inside. A gentle shake and all the flakes would whirl and tumble sprinkling the figures with dollops of snow. Photographed from an apartment window as the snow fell at a steady pace, adults, children and pets reminded me of these ornaments. The figures below my window appeared magical, blurry configurations stepping and treading through the pile-up of snow. Hurrying and scurrying, most braced themselves against the snow and wind, as dark silhouetted figures and colorful pops of umbrellas and hats mingled with childhood memories of white-out winter scenes.