"....The planet spinning in its course adds another minute of daylight to either end of every day. That light is sharp and its shadows long. Late afternoon sun turns the surface of the snow to beaten gold. Dry weeds and the variegated bark of trees are the brushstrokes on winter’s canvas. If the colors of the landscape are dun and gray, milk white and wintergreen, there are also the accents of winter berries and cardinal wings. Any chink in the overcast sky becomes a gilded shaft of light, and on cloudless nights the skies pulse with stars of many hues...."