After the past few days of gloomy, gusty, guessing weather, I found myself paying particular attention to the bright yellows of the daffodils and the pink blooms on various trees around town. (As a side note, as one who is horticulture-challenged, what are those trees?) I began to wonder whether bright vivid colors are Mother Nature’s way of compensating us for cloudy rain-soaked days. If so, then why are the tropics so vivid? It isn’t as if they lack for Vitamin D-infused sunshine. If anything, the tropics should be the most monochromatic place on the planet. Conversely, what palette should Mother nature apply to Antarctica? It is – almost literally – a blank white canvas. However, there can also be blindingly sunny days? Now there is a conundrum…..