THE FROG POND - The Colors Of The Cold


Suzanne Mazer Stewart writes from her country home in Marion County about life's simple pleasures or frustrations.

By Suzanne Mazer Stewart

Now that the leaves have fallen, many tend to think of our hills and valleys as colorless, dull, uninteresting. Some even see the coming of Winter as depressing. If you stop, though, and take a moment to really look around, the palette of the season pops right up off the canvas of the landscape.

That stand of pine trees about halfway up the hillside has been there all year. Yet, their deep green gets overshadowed by the bright white of dogwoods in bloom in the Spring, and tends to blend in with the other rich greens of poplar and oak in the Summer's sunlight. However, once the reds and golds have disappeared, the pines make their presence known as loudly and clearly as a baby in church. Showing off all their evergreen glory, as it were, even in the snows.

And what about those cardinals and bluejays? Sure, we see them flitting about pretty much all year round. But who can keep from noticing that one magnificent burst of blue perched among the now-grey branches of a tree? And can anyone stop their eye from being attracted to that glorious red dot moving from fencepost to fencepost along the road?

Even when the snow does blanket the ground and the sky above grows heavy with dull, grey clouds, there is still some beauty to be found. A farmer's red barn, a soft brown doe pawing for grass in the meadow, a fox searching for his next meal; all add a splash of color and life to an otherwise monochromatic world.

No, Winter does not hold the beauty of butterflies and dandelions, nor the outrageous splendor of pumpkins and changing maple trees. But, the next time you get to thinking of it as an ugly, gloomy season to be endured while huddled in the warmth of your home, try this. Open your curtains, go for a walk or a drive, and take in the colors of the cold.

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