Our landscape is covered in heavy snow blanket for the seventh executive week. This is very rare and we are most likely heading towards the coldest winter on record. This year the weather seems to have been dramatically altered across the globe. Greenland is experiencing the warmest winter on record, parts of Canada are lacking snow, while we here in Europe are in deep freeze.
With spring nowhere in sight for weeks to come, I need to relish in the beauty of the snow. And it is easy actually. My irritation level is mainly raised right after the heavy snow fall, just before the roads are cleared. As soon as I can again drive my car safely, I find the snow covered landscape pleasing to the eye, making the days last longer and feel lighter.
Today I noticed all the shapes in the snow. The geometrical, clean patterns, straight lines or random formations, that the cover creates. Together with small imprints left behind by animals and humans, they are a subtle reminders of life, and a proof of movement, in such a contrast to the tranquility and stillness of the snow itself.