ALL IS CALM, ALL IS BRIGHTAmidst vibrant colors everywhere on the grounds, this little vignette - illuminated with only white light - was quietly beautiful in a completely different way.
Snow absorbs sound because it's porous. Each snowflake is a six-sided crystal filled with open spaces which trap and absorb sound waves. Once a few inches has fallen, it's as if a huge damper has been placed over the landscape.
The effect doesn't last, of course. As the snow begins to melt, it loses its ability to muffle sound.
While it's happening, though, it's magical enough to make me forget - at least for a little bit - that I've got to clear the pavement. I'm enraptured by the tranquility and the absolute stillness; the impact is most profound at night.
Watching the snow as it falls, I can almost hear the flakes softly coming to rest on the beautiful, pristine blanket below. This is serenity.
The driveway can wait a minute.
I thought of this the other day when I was reminded of a poem written by Robert Frost - a man with deep ties to New Hampshire. You'll find it in a volume of his work for which he won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. (New Hampshire, published in 1923; 1924 Pulitzer Prize)
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
Whose woods these are I think I know.
My little horse must think it queer
He gives his harness bells a shake
The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
In Local News
Snow has been falling in the Tetons; 30 inches came down over last weekend with the next wave expected to begin today. Grand Targhee now has about 32 inches groomed at the summit (93 inches season-to-date); Jackson Hole is reporting 38 inches at the summit.
Ski in Jeans weekend at Jackson Hole resort begins tomorrow; on Saturday they'll attempt to break the world's record for the most people skiing and riding in jeans. Locals, be advised Saturday's $25 lift tickets are sold out. There are still discounted tickets available for Friday and Sunday.
Grand Teton National Park biologists are reminding visitors to give wildlife plenty of space over the winter. This is an especially challenging time of year for the animals. Respect all winter closures, including bighorn sheep winter zones.
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