"In every walk with nature one receives more than he seeks."
John Muir

Sunday, December 19, 2010

A White Christmas, no dreaming needed.

When visiting Florida at Christmas years ago, we first saw
the white wire decorations covered in lights in a park display.
I've since seen them in non-snowy Texas, as well. Do you know the ones I mean?

These wire trees were made to look like winter trees with branches bereft of leaves
and covered in snow.
This nighttime picture of a real, live tree reminded me of the wire ones.

In my winter experience, real trees had this ethereal, all white look after a fresh snowfall.
But once the winter sun, weak though it was, warmed them, much of this fresh
snow melted off.

I've discovered that doesn't happen here in Fairbanks.
The white snow that covered every little branch and twig remains totally intact.
I guess the facts that the sun never really rises higher than the horizon,
it only is "up" for 3 hours
and the temperature remains well below zero every day
let that beautiful white snow stay intact. For many months.
It certainly is a winter wonderland here and we don't need to
dream of a white Christmas here in Fairbanks, Alaska.

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