As a good portion of the country grapples with snow, here's a fresh way to think about those accumulating — and sometimes aggravating — inches of pure whiteness: as art canvas. That's how Simon Beck sees them.
High in the French Alps, this English artist walks on snowshoes for miles, sometimes for 10 hours at a time, to create huge, intricate patterns in the snow. As this five-minute video shows, the results are breath-taking.
I love Beck's blending of art and landscape. "The mountains improve the artwork," he says. "And the artwork improves the mountains."
Barbara's most recent book is How Animals Grieve. You can keep up with what she is thinking on Twitter: @bjkingape