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Snow is easy. It transforms the landscape, forcing us see it anew. Planes and angles, light and dark are more sharply defined and we're struck by the unfamiliarity of smooth white expanses and snow-mounded trees and sculpture. But snow isn't that common in our area. Winter's beauty can require more effort of observation in our everyday landscape, but it's there: sunlight on the face of a boulder-strewn slope shaded in summer, the modern sculpture effect created by withered stalks of Powdery Thalia at the edge of a pond, or the mottled bark of a Kousa Dogwood. And sometimes the eye is filled just by the quiet beauty of water, bare trees, and a pale winter sky.

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