Here's something to ponder over at the start of a new year. Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840) was a German Romantic painter of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. His landscape paintings has a often have a dark brooding atmosphere and the more one looks the more one finds lying hidden in plain sight or blended-in within the shadows. What does this painting suggest? Is this a bleak mid-winter scene or is there something of spring that somehow inverts its whole meaning?