There is a peace that permeates one’s being while walking through a garden after a new fallen snow.
But along with that peace comes a feeling of sadness as the realization of knowing another season comes to an end.
Endings may be not be what they appear
Look into hidden corners of the garden and see what emerges from the snow cover ground
Allow your eyes to be drawn to vibrant colors in an otherwise neutral landscape
Rejoice in knowing this is not an end, only life passing through celestial cycles
Perceptions – formulated by what we see, feel, hear, smell or taste
The absence of sound, the feeling of stillness
A world of grey and white punctuated by color seen on a summer’s day
A night-time snowfall the earth covered in a mantle of white
A blanket of security
The snow had stopped and darkness ascended
Venturing out the stillness was devoid of sound
The following day the sun shone through ice hanging from the rafters
And illuminated ever-changing snowscapes
As the sun set on the first day colors exploded in the sky
And when the sun rose on the second day
Gaia had turned over and gone to sleep
What lingers is the internal memory of the cold
I felt as though I could never get warm and wondered if I would ever feel the warmth of the sun on my body
Now I cherish the sunshine as does Mother Earth
The skies are seldom blue
Whites and greys are the dominant colors
But in a four season garden
Subtle color shades begin to appear through the snow-covered earth
But at this moment in time I long for a rainbow covered landscape
For those who have never walked a garden during a snowfall it is difficult to perceive the quiet beauty that is the winter garden
In hidden spaces remnants of flowers are found frozen to the ground
Snow adds new dimensions to garden sculptures
Paths are hidden save for those that are outlined by their protruding borders
Melting snow creates droplets of ice which reflect next year’s new growth
Evergreens brighten otherwise neutral areas of the gardens
Twilight only adds to the ambient atmosphere
Balance is achieved
After two days of shoveling out a path and another nuisance snow coming tomorrow, that is 1 to 3 inches, I walked where I could in order to gain a perspective of this season’s Nor’easter.
I also wanted to remember what the gardens looked like two seasons ago and begin dreaming of what they will grow into.
Please, dream with me . . .