By Clifford Hart
Photographed by Samantha Sapienza
The age-old French expression "òu sont les neiges d’antan?" roughly translates to “where are the snows of yesteryear?” While the phrase, from a 15th-century poem by Francois Villon, was written to suggest a general melancholy about days gone by, in our present-day period of warmer weather it might suggest a nostalgia for winter itself.
It’s hard not to reflect on that expression when one considers just how much things have changed in the Hudson Valley in the past couple of hundred years. Certainly, the landscape has changed as farmland has overgrown and returned to woodland, but perhaps even more remarkable is the change in weather.
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