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Adirondack Lifestyle ™: Let it Snow!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Let it Snow!

One of the best things about living and visiting the Adirondacks is the visual impact you get nearly every time you lift your eyes. Wintertime is particularly special because the snow covers a multitude of sins. Everything looks beautiful covered in snow, even the lop-sided log pile in the yard.
Although I've tried for many years, I have never been able to adequately describe just much I love winter, its spirit and how wonderful winter is in the Adirondacks.
Here is a link to to a very special video, "White Out," a visual paean to the magic of snow. From the NY Times online:
"Snow is particularly joyful in how it transforms everything it covers.
(editorial comment: I'll say!)
The brightness of its white forces the iris in your eye to shut way down, and suddenly everything that isn’t snow is in silhouette or defined by shadow. The world becomes a high-contrast graphic representation of itself. This distillation of form allowed me to focus on painting pure motion in relation to the winter landscape.
This film is composed of approximately 2,250 watercolor paintings on paper.

The music is by Shay Lynch, and wonderfully captures the endless cascade of the montage while giving the film a kind of emotional elegance in spite of its vaudevillian pratfalls."


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