“A Tree’s Power Revealed in Winter”
In the tenth century, Li Cheng wrote in his On the Secrets of Landscape Painting that “the winter trees are resigned and deathlike.”
No! That’s when their real Truth is revealed: their Strength, their Power. Their Spirit.
It is then that they, unmuffled, sing so Deep and Pure.
Summer trees dance,
but winter trees Sing.
 Nigel Spivey, How Art Made the World. New York: Basic Books, 2005, p. 140.