The following observations on the palettes of winter started with a question. If I ask you, “what is the color of winter?” what is your answer? At first, I was thinking “white” is the most obvious and my first choice. However, when I asked one of my sisters this question, she said, “Gray and yellow.” Did we grow up in the same place, I wondered. Then, I asked why those colors. Her response was that gray was the color of snow with dirt in it after it was plowed, and the yellow … well, don’t eat yellow snow. Enough said.
As I began thinking about writing this blog, it was officially “winter” by the date on the calendar. And, where I live in eastern North Carolina, we were experiencing temperatures in the 70s. We’ve since cooled down into the 20s and have had our first snow and ice event, which is rare. In those few days after the storm, I noticed a few unusual things. Walking and driving around my neighborhood and town, I saw yellow daffodils in bloom and some pink and white petalled, beautifully confused, flowering trees.
It occurred to me then that the colors of winter are more of a collection of palettes that show themselves at different times of the day, under varied weather conditions, and are dependent on your geographic location. “It depends,” is an accurate response to the original question of “what is the color of winter.”