Can it be that I’m dreaming or did I wake up one morning and become part of a black and white movie. You may not think about color as it totally surrounds you each day but at this time of the year in New England, I sometimes feel that winter is like living in a black and white world where there is very little color other than various shades of gray.
I look out my window and see a black and white landscape. A blanket of snow covers the ground and is a stark contrast to the dark tree trunks of the apple trees in our orchard. The evergreen trees dark green needles are covered in a thick coating of snow that looks like whipped cream. Sticky white snow sits on rooftops, fences and clings to everything. Long, colorless icicles form cages over the windows and restrict the light that comes through them on a gray, cloudy day.
I don’t mind winter’s cold and the snow makes everything beautiful on a sunny day when the bare, icy tree branches sparkle in the wind. During December, we are all hoping for a white Christmas with just enough light, fluffy snow to make our world look like a greeting card. By February, most of us are hoping that the snow piles will soon start to melt and that we will see the first green shoots peaking through the snow.
The days have now started to get longer and spring is just a couple of weeks away. Unfortunately the gray days of winter are not over and the forecast is for another foot of snow to be added to what is already on the ground. This is when travel plans are made to head south to Florida to visit family and friends and to once again spend time in a world full of color.
Even though you may not live in a part of the world where winter turns the landscape into a black and white portrait, I’m sure you experience a some gray days. I hope you will find a way to bring a little color into your life on those days when the sun is hiding behind the clouds.
NOTE: I have added this note to let my readers know that the above photos are taken in color and have not been adjusted to black and white. On a cloudy day, this is the way the landscape looks. If you blowup any of the photos, you will see slight colors in each one.