As Winter Storm Pax descended on Durham, North Carolina, this afternoon—blanketing it in a layer of powdery snow, followed by sleet and ice—I captured some photos of one of my favorite places: Duke Gardens.
The Gardens were peaceful. Its human inhabitants—some tossing snowballs at one another, others racing down snow-packed slopes on makeshift sleds—were happy. On nearby streets, sirens wailed as ambulances made their way toward Duke Hospital or police cars responded to traffic troubles. Hardship alongside happiness. … A reminder, as I made my way homeward, that wintery weather can be beautiful but potentially “pax” a punch.