This view was taken from my window on the morning after the great blizzard of February 8-9, 2013. It looks northeast toward nearby Smith Point.

The new snow hugs the ground in luminous mounds. The little cove, layered in ice of pewter-gray, bears the tracks of an early morning visitor. All is quiet at 8:30 am on February 10, 2013.

The long, gradual tonal transitions, all the way from pure black to pure white, make this photo “sing.” It is rich with fine detail, except in those few areas where highlights are “blown,” conveying how blindingly bright the scene was.

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