The way it should be

Central Russia has gotten too much snow in the past week – ideally, it should have fallen over a few weeks, not days – but the cities and the countryside are finally looking the way they ought to in the middle of a Russian winter.

Yes, Moscow and the environs have put on their once-canonical winter look. “Your Benvenuto, O Russia, // Our homegrown frost,” as Pyotr Vyazemsky put it in 1861.

Plus, it’s dogs’ paradise: unlimited snow bathing opportunities. And this photo is vaguely Wyethian.

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