I've lived in a cold climate my entire life, and, initially, winter is truly exciting. It provides the much-needed festive break after dreary and dark November with Christmas holidays, not to mention outdoor sports and fun when the weather is mild enough. By the end of January, however, I already yearn for seasons to fast-forward, and for spring to arrive as soon as possible. No more layers, no more ice! And yet, I will miss meager—in terms of color—icy abstractions decorating rooftops and blinding passers-by with their brilliance.