Winter Lights: A Visual Meditation in Light and Color

Winter Lights: A Visual Meditation in Light and Color
Naumkeag: A Visual Meditation in Light and Color | Winter 2021

If you are looking for a night of holiday spirit, you can find it at Naumkeag's Winter Lights in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Each year the gardens, grounds, and Guilded Age Cottage are more spectacular than the last. These images are from 2021 and are accompanied by some of my favorite wintry quotes.

"People don't notice whether it's winter or summer when they're happy." Anton Chekhov
“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.” Albert Camus
"Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is time for home." Edith Sitwell
“The pine stays green in winter... wisdom in hardship.” Norman Douglas
"In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy." William Blake
"Winter is not a season, it's a celebration." Anamika Mishra
"I want to age the way that life makes you age, because there's beauty in autumn and winter and I think people forget that." Helen Baxendale 
"I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, 'Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.'" Lewis Carroll
"What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness." John Steinbeck
"Thank goodness for the first snow, it was a reminder—no matter how old you became and how much you'd seen, things could still be new if you were willing to believe they still mattered." Candace Bushnell
“Winter is a season of recovery and preparation.” Paul Theroux
“The winter solstice has always been special to me as a barren darkness that gives birth to a verdant future beyond imagination, a time of pain and withdrawal that produces something joyfully inconceivable, like a monarch butterfly masterfully extracting itself from the confines of its cocoon, bursting forth into unexpected glory.” Gary Zukav