Covered Bridges in the Snow
The silent winter is the spirit's spring.  -- Edwin O. Grover
The heart must have its wintertime, a time to meditate, when peace,
Like snow, descends with calming grace and all the fruitless worries cease.
The heart must have its wintertime, a time when dreams, like roots, can sleep
And gather strength until the day they have a rendezvous to keep.
The heart must have its wintertime, an interlude when hope sprouts wings
As bright as any cardinal's and newborn courage softly sings.
The heart must have its time of snow, to rest in silence and to grow.
-- Marie Doerr Boehringer
Nature chose for a tool, not the earthquake or lightning to rend and split
asunder, not the stormy torrent or eroding rain, but the tender snow-flowers
noiselessly falling through unnumbered centuries.  -- John Muir
The cold was our pride, the snow was our beauty.  It fell and fell, lacing day and night
together in a milky haze, making everything quieter as it fell, so that winter seemed to
partake of religion in a way no other season did, hushed and solemn.  -- Patricia Hampi
Above, the Cornish-Windsor bridge is the longest wooden bridge in the United
States and the longest two-span covered bridge in the world.  It was built as a
toll bridge by a private business in 1820 and purchased by the state of New
Hampshire in 1936.  It was made toll-free in 1943.  The bridge spans the
Connecticut River as it connects Vermont and New Hampshire.
Of winter's lifeless world each tree now seems a perfect part;
Yet each one holds summer's secret deep down in its heart.
-- Charles G. Stater
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