After the summer sun and autumn colors, early winter brings snow and ice to the ornamental garden.
The once flowing water has frozen overnight, but the morning sun is starting to bring some life back into the fountain.
The privet hedge is still green under its layer of snow, but everything else about the landscape is dull.
But it is not a solemn scene; far from it, the blue sky promises a clear day ahead, and we are wrapped up warm against the cold.
As we breathe our breath freezes in front of us, and out footsteps crunch on the ice, and it feels good to walk and to feel so alive.
It is winter, and soon we may get to yearn for warm days again, but for this moment, we are glad to be able to enjoy this winter landscape.
On our walk along the Mighty Mississippi, we come to this riverside glade, shimmering in the sunshine.
The wide and steady river rolls on past, and on the far bank we see an impressive stand of trees.
The river itself is a deep blue, reflecting the cloud studded sky above, and we can see just two old style boats going up-stream.
All is peaceful and calm, and our minds are clear of the everyday by this warm and friendly scene.
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Hidden away in the woods, we find a small area of water, enclosed by the first flowering of spring growth in the surrounding trees.
We might have passed by, but then we notice three nymphs dancing by the pool.
As we stop to admire the art work, we are entranced by the vibrancy of the colors, the reflections in the pool, and the evidence of new life all around.
We recall the story of Hylas, charmed by the beauty of the Nymph, and never seen again, as he searched the woods for his lost love.
Beauty is all around us; sometimes it is easy to see, as in this woodland idyll. But sometimes we have to search for the beauty that we know is there, and sometimes just to search is enough.