Half frozen over, covered with snow in brilliant sunshine, Buttertubs Marsh was incredibly beautiful. The clumped snow on overhead bent branches and the cumulus clouds looked much alike against a cobalt blue sky. Red Hawthorne berries popped against the white, birds sang as though it were spring, ducks paddled within the encircling ice. Seeing the shadows on the snow in the bright oblique winter light were as blue as the sky overhead reminded me of the winter shadows in Monet’s painting “The Magpie”. Despite the beauty of this winter vista, I will certainly welcome an early spring.