On this weekend morning during a January thaw I only meant to make a quick trip to the post office. But as I ventured out I quickly realized the warm air and cold ground made for a great opportunity for photos.
The dictionary lists the definition of the word “architecture” as “the structure or design of anything.” I thought it was an appropriate word during this cold month, as everything is stripped-down, austere, and unadorned except for the last orange-brown oak leaves that have managed to stay clinging to the trees. Simple in its beauty, January in New England highlights the stark Colonial buildings, white-on-white in the snow. Structure and design become obvious as repetitive forms take center stage: six-over-six windows lined up on the side of a barn, fieldstones stacked into walls alongside the roads, the decorative trim on a Victorian porch. This time of year you see things that you don’t notice otherwise … with no color in the landscape, a red door now stands out. Ice transforms a row of docks. January is all about the details.
So here are a few photos from around the village as I made my way to the post office and back. It is close enough that I can walk to it … but today I took the long way around. See if you agree that it was worth the trip!