Art Meets Ice: Duke Gardens Amid Winter Storm Pax

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.

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The Arched Bridge in the W.L. Culberson Asiatic Arboretum during Winter Storm Pax. — Duke Gardens; Durham, NC

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The restored Roney Fountain in the Rose Garden at Duke Gardens weathers Winter Storm Pax. — Durham, NC

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Art meets ice: the 100-year-old Roney Fountain in the Rose Garden at Duke Gardens during Winter Storm Pax. — Durham, NC

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A male cardinal braves Winter Storm Pax in the Historic Gardens at Duke Gardens in Durham, NC.

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A lady Cardinal sits atop a bird feeder near President’s Bridge during Winter Storm Pax. — Duke Gardens; Durham, NC

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A male Cardinal near President’s Bridge. — Winter Storm Pax. Duke Gardens; Durham, NC.

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.

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