So, a piece on winter’s wonders.
Unfortunately, since I still haven’t been able to tame the way multiple photos appear in a post, only one. Working on it, working on it.
By Bob Quarteroni
‘Winter banishes man, woman and child,” William Shakespeare wrote.
And he didn’t live in Pennsylvania or he might have been even more eloquent in his description of the harsh days of winter, when the promise of spring seems impossibly far away and the warmth of summer seems like an improbable dream.
While it may not be the friendliest season, with its snow, ice, sleet, gray days and feeble sunshine, it is also a season of delicate beauty, of ethereal scenes, of lovely sights to gladden the heart of even a chilled observer.
Here, a few such winter scenes, and a sampling of winter wisdom.
“Leisure is a form of silence, not noiselessness. It is the silence of contemplation such as occurs when we let our mind’s rest on a rose bud, a child at play, a Divine mystery, or a waterfall.” Bishop Fulton J. Sheen.
- Low winter sun.
Rays from a wan sun sparkle on the pristine ice of the lake at Frances Slocum State Park.
“Every winter, when the great sun has turned his face away, The earth goes down into a vale of grief, and fasts, and weeps, and shrouds herself in sables, leaving her wedding-garlands to decay — then leaps in spring to his returning kisses.” Charles Kingsley
- Larch trees
Geometrical precision come to life can be found in the larch trees on the Larch Hill Trail in Frances Slocum State Park in the northeastern part of the state.
“God! is the experience of looking at a tree and saying, “Ah!” Joseph Campbell
- Mountain winterberry.
The sparkling red berries of this deciduous holly brighten a somber winter landscape.
“On the motionless branches of some trees, berries hung like clusters of coral beads, as in those fabled orchards where the fruits were jewels.” Charles Dickens
- Skunk cabbage.
Spring is here! The calendar may say otherwise but this hardy specimen poked its head out of the soil on Jan. 30. The heat resulting from its rapid growth actually melts ice and snow around the burgeoning plant.
“Spring is sooner recognized by plants than by men.” Chinese proverb