Snow has gone, at least for now. February has been mild, even warm.
Ice has melted, there is no more sliding about trying to gain traction. Ice is lots of fun for children who tumble and bounce up again, not so much for frail or older people. But the way the landscape can be transformed in winter is wonderful.
Snow is not white, it is clear, but as light reflects off the ice crystals, it appears white. Look more closely and you will see all sorts of colours—blue, grey, purple, gold, pink, depending on how the light hits it. In shadow, snow may appear dark blue and it changes throughout the day. Sunrise and sunset can bring extraordinary colours reflected in the snow.
Some artists avoid using white paint, they paint the colours they actually see. Many enjoy painting in winter when the light is sharp and clear and long shadows stretch across the land.
Perhaps I am strange but I am hoping we will have a return of snow before the winter is out. It can be magical and many artists love snow.