Snow Scenes

Claude Monet’s “The Magpie” (1868-69)

Saturday, January 23, 2021 (In five days January’s Wolf Moon appears.)

Yesterday’s early falling “light snow” soon turned heavier and finally dropped about six inches of powder. Wearing heavy-duty Sorels, I kicked a path down to the barn where the horses waited. Well, “waited” doesn’t correctly describe their behavior. On the bleak cold morning, they ran, bucked, and kicked. I opened the gate to their area while pulling a hay-loaded sled and waving a space-declaring, whip-like object. In very cold weather my waving helps to distance excited hooves.

Snow days are warmer than post-snow days, and I did the morning work quickly. I wondered if my manager who drives in forty miles from the south might be late, and so, decided to leave early for work at Costco. She reached the store before I arrived, and for awhile, we saw the place nearly empty of shoppers.

Through the day customers that showed up had feet in Sorels, bodies nearly lost in high-zipped parkas, and heads with knitted hats pulled nearly to the tops of face masks. I was over-dressed and too warm, but it’s hard to predict what several hours inside Costco might feel like. Its massive cold cases can dominate inside temperatures.

I enjoy reflecting on how snow recreates the known world. Besides its slippery danger, snow’s soundless and unending whiteness generates a caution of unknowns. While thinking about how snow alters ordinary days, I saw this article in today’s New York Times, “What it Means to Look at Paintings of Snow”, by Amy Waldman.

The writer, during a no-snow, warmest winter on record, visited galleries. She zeroed-in on snow paintings, becoming entranced by landscape colors, shape dynamics, and moods. Her article’s perceptions and writing are as lovely as the paintings that illustrate her observations.

This article lets us walk in the snow and experience its worlds:

Dear Friends: When snow is underfoot, how about those incredible sky colors! Diana

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