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Winter white art

Bird prints left at a feeding site
Bird prints left at a feeding site
L Conlin

Six more weeks of winter, declared Punxsutawney Phil, the famous weather forecasting groundhog, this week. Parents groan that their kids have had so many snow days already they are concerned the school year will be extended and may cut into summer vacation plans. The elderly are worried about falling and breaking limbs on icy sidewalks. Firefighters battle blazes, while struggling with frozen equipment. It’s a common winter tale.

Even as we continue in this frigid grip, nature’s gorgeous winter art is evident. Since we have no control over how soon warmer temperatures will arrive, we may as well enjoy the beauty bestowed by blankets of snow and layers of ice. So, let’s get through this coldest weather on record and come out the other side still smiling.

Newly fallen snow gives everything in the garden a different look. Dried ornamental grasses and old blooms covered in frosty flakes take on a crisp delicacy that can be appreciated more the closer you inspect them. Buds that will open in a few weeks gleam as they drip with watery jewels. Paw and claw prints from birds and creatures form sparkling snowy patterns. Ornamental grass fronds hang low while weighted with dazzling glacial designs. Oblique rays hit gelid ponds and rivers, imbuing a polished patina.

Life can often be appreciated more by changing our focus. When the time arrives for spring to make an appearance, we will surely be ready for a larger color palette. In the meantime, instead of feeling glum and gloomy about winter’s frigid grip, make the choice to welcome every day by recognizing the stunning white art around us.