There is nothing in the world more beautiful than the forest clothed to its very hollows in snow. It is the still ecstasy of nature, wherein every spray, every blade of grass, every spire of reed, every intricacy of twig, is clad with radiance.
~ William Sharp
With each snowfall, the forest acquires a new wardrobe. Each branch of tree and blade of grass is covered with a new garment of white. These evergreen branches seem to have fingers that are now gloved in snow.
The air is cool and the snow is sparkling clean. Who would have thought that January’s white clad woods could be as refreshing to the spirit as June’s green ones?
The positive effect isn’t just a visual one. Snowfalls actually help clear the air of pollution. This is especially helpful for people suffering from airborne allergens.
Fresh fallen snow also traps sound waves between its snowflakes. Even a light layer of snow on the landscape will absorb some of the ambient noise. It’s no wonder that a newly snow-dressed forest seems so peaceful and quiet.
It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.
~ Robert Louis Stevenson