Mill Brook, Adirondacks, NY.
Working along the banks of Mill Brook, I reached a point of land where the river split right and left around a wooded island. Standing on the shadowed bank, I watched as the snow coated trees took on the morning sun and bounced it back across the water. The snow caps won't melt on the river--the cold water and low sun angle will protect that for days as long as the temps stay low. Soon enough, a big snow will arrive and encase the entire area in ice. But for now, it's nice to enjoy the delicate relief of snow and frost clinging to stalks, limbs, branches, and needles, before wind and light change the look of early winter.