The day after Christmas was a beautiful one. The skies cleared, and the temperatures were in the forties, so I got out of the house for a walk on the Springbrook trail. The winter sun made long shadows on the snow, highlighting the tracks of deer, rabbits and birds who inhabit the green spaces of Janesville. The water in the brook is crystal clear, and for me it was a chance to appreciate winter's beauty before the next storm heads in. If it does snow, I have some photo references to work on my snow paintings.