Groundhog Day Recap — Winter Scenes at the Smithsonian

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The revelry extended beyond Pittsburgh’s city limits as Punxsutawney Phil awoke yesterday morning on Gobbler’s Knob, a hill about 65 miles northeast of the Steel City, to 13,000 spectators—some still wearing their black and gold. As you may have heard, the famed groundhog saw his shadow, predicting six more weeks of winter. (FYI: If you have regional allegiances, Jimmy the Groundhog from Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, was in agreement, but Staten Island Chuck is feeling an early spring.) The eight inches of snow in London yesterday and light flurries in D.C. this morning gave me reason to believe in the rodent's forecast.

On that note, I leave you to ponder these wintry scenes from around the Smithsonian, and the most puzzling question about Groundhog’s Day, how do we know if Phil actually saw his shadow?

Last Conversation Piece, by Juan Munoz, at Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden; photo by Lee Stalsworth

Chemical Brook enters the Sudbury River, Ashland, Massachusetts, by Frank Gohlke, at Smithsonian American Art Museum

Wind and Snow in the Fir Pines, by Li Shan, at Freer Gallery of Art

Snow Fields (Winter in the Berkshires), by Rockwell Kent, at Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gwinn Estate, Bratenahl, Ohio, by Frank Gohlke, at Smithsonian American Art Museum

Seven Scholars Going through the Pass, attributed to Li Tang, at Freer Gallery of Art

Buffalo Chase in Winter, Indians on Snowshoes, by George Catlin, at Smithsonian American Art Museum


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