There are times when I try to do nothing. Just stop and stare. What is happing in my immediate vicinity? What am I missing? What can I learn? We now live in a location with four distinct seasons. And winter here is no joke. One of the entertaining things about living in Northern New Mexico is that most Americans have little knowledge of this place. So, when I mention things like snow and ice I routinely get “What? It doesn’t snow in New Mexico.” Well guess what? It does.
The days are short and harsh. Temperatures in the teens, wind and sun that feels feeble against the cold but burns nonetheless. Chapped lips, cold toes and red noses are the norm. But there is more.
Winter brings new light, different light and contrast of color that ONLY comes when the days fade and the nights take control. Winter light. A cold tone hue that overpowers the warmer notes. This is a beautiful aspect of life in the high desert. Snow skies, moodiness and the struggle that comes when smoke pour forth across the ripples of the plains.