Seeing Snow

Recent snow storms in Pennsylvania have allowed me to take a closer look at snow. I am reminded of the painter Rockwell Kent (1882-1971) who keenly observed how circumstances effect the appearance of snow. When a storm is brewing a range of grays compete; when the storm passes (and the sun is shining) the shadows can hold stunning blues. At sun rise and at sun set, following the storm, the snow can glow with pinks, purples, and oranges. I am also reminded of the short time in which the trees hold the snow. Snow fall causes trees bloom with white until the warmth and wind melts and shakes the snow to the ground. For me this is a reminder of the flowering of the spring and provides a respite from winter routines. Below are samples of Rockwell Kent’s artwork.

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