The vista before me is defying words, denying a camera. Each branch, each twig, every small stalk of any kind is sheathed in ice. In some lights and angles it is a forest dipped in pure silver. In others, the sheer clarity of the ice is breathtaking. Sun glimmering off of every slick surface gives no rest to the eyes. Every craving I’ve ever had for glitter and sparkle, every strand of tinsel ever draped; it is indulged a thousand times over.
In the dark of the pines, the ice has brought down hundreds of small branches, and the scent of pine sap reaches me.
Following my trail to the tree farm I stop to gasp at the entrance. Large and small branches block my path, and I feel a certain reverence as I duck beneath ice encased trees. I can’t help stopping to put a bare hand to the cold tree limb sealed tightly in its beautiful burden.
The tree farm is all that I had hoped for when driving past earlier. I’d caught a tantalizing glimpse on my way home and was not disappointed. On one side, each tree was normal, green and bristling. But viewing the other face, like a two-featured mask, they were dripping with decorations one could never purchase at the store. Every needle on that side, every pine cone and seed was draped in solid, sparkling crystal drops. I thought of the phrase, “genuine Swarovski crystal” and laughed out loud in delight, realizing yet again how superior nature is to anything people might create or purchase. At that moment, with my whole world spread out and shining, I wouldn’t have traded places with a queen.