Winter Beauty – Snow, Light, Quiet Moments

In Winter on January 28, 2011 at 7:00 am | Written by Gina Iliopoulos

Matthew Goldsberry reflects upon our winter landscape.   

It is snowing outside right now.   We are very lucky to have this wonderful dynamic of four full seasons in the Midwest. People love spring, summer and fall – that is easy.  It is harder, but just as fulfilling, to embrace the cold.  We always describe winter in the Midwest as something to SURVIVE.  As if winter were a brutal and wicked creature sent to imprison us with shorter days and lack of light.  Why is that?  Why do we sing about dreaming of a White Christmas and Frosty the Snowman – before the holidays?  And then as soon as we finish singing Auld Lang Syne, we curse winter like the headache we wake up to on January 1st?

Indeed, winter has it’s purpose.  What it means to people varies.  Some people migrate to warmer climates and others travel.  Some use it as a time to get caught up, to rest, to hibernate, to plan for the seasons ahead.  Some see all the recreational opportunities of sledding, skating, skiing, cross country skiing, broom ball and ice fishing.  The cold air is invigorating and pure.  Hopefully we can stop shivering long enough to see the true beauty of winter.

Winter is the opposite end of the seasonal spectrum.  We tilt away from our sun.  Days are shorter.  The world is colder.  There are no leaves, no flowers, no growing.  Winter beauty is played out in pure light and clarity.  The low angle of the sun makes snow appear in creamy yellow tones, gold, soft oranges, pinks, purple tones.  The long shadows of trees stretched across a blanket snow are not black or dark and ominous,  they are deep in heavy blues and purples.  And all this is due to the magnificent properties of water and light.

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