The art gallery that is The Great Outdoors is featuring a show of hexagonal plate and stellar dentrite crystals by my favorite artist. The contrast of fire and ice was especially stunning at sunrise this morning as the sun rose through snow covered trees in the woods, but there’s still time to take in the show.
Though all snow crystals start out as specs of dust or salt that attract moisture, you’d never suspect such plain and simple origins by looking at the end result. Like us, each snowflake is a unique work of art. But besides being beautiful itself, snow has the marvelous ability to enhance the beauty of whatever it touches. Like love, it is a covering for all imperfection.
All nature is but art unknown to thee.
~ Alexander Pope
It’s easy for Canadians to take snow for granted. Because we are a people forever on the move, we tend to only see it as something that will slow us down unless it’s removed from our roads and pathways. We forget about its insulating properties and how it camouflages certain wild creatures so that they have a better chance of survival during the winter months…
But mostly we forget about how perfectly beautiful it is.
We aren’t here to make things perfect. The snowflakes are perfect. The stars are perfect. Not us. Not us!
~ Ronny Cammareri in Moonstruck