Winter’s palette turns to shades of grey, blue, green, brown and white; a much quieter, more restful world of color than what surrounds us the rest of the year.
When the sun is shining from a brilliantly clear winter sky, everything is touched with gold and silver sparkles of light. It is almost blinding reflected from ice and water.
Although some areas remain blanketed in snow for much of winter, we never see it for more than a few days here and there- if at all. “Snow day” is still synonymous with “holiday” in my mind, as it has meant an unexpected day off to enjoy as I pleased for much of my life.
We wait for it, hope for it, and celebrate the snow if it comes. Many winters we never see anything more than flurries. And so color remains with us throughout winter. Beauty is everywhere.
Birds, berries, and the occasional Camellia blossom add pops of red in our winter gardens.
Violas, Mahonia, Helleborus, and Crocus offer blossoms in purples, oranges, yellows, pinks, white and red through the coldest winter days. We can enjoy something blooming in the garden every single day of the year.
What delicious luxury. We only have to look for it, and we are still surrounded by all of the colors of the rainbow. The shades, tints, and hues have shifted subtly, winter paints in a different palette, but color never leaves us entirely.
So here is our winter rainbow from Williamsburg, Virginia. I’ve stretched the rules a bit for Tuesday Snapshots today. One photo was taken inside to capture the beautiful red of a bowl, and a few photos are a little more than a week old now, though they would look nearly the same if taken today.
I hope you are warm, and well, and able to enjoy this beautiful day. It looks like a fine day to finish off the fruitcake left from Christmas, if there is any, and to settle in with a wonderful new novel penned by a friend.
All photos by Woodland Gnome 2014
ROY G. BIV (Forestgarden)