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Creativity In Winter



The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?  

~J. B. Priestley



With the solstice behind us and we head into more daylight hours, I thought I would share with you some of my winter, and the beauty it brings me inspiring my creativity.  The first photo is my meadow in winter as the snow makes dollops of cream on the goldenrod seedheads.





The trees are another wonderful place for winter creativity and inspiration.  The snow clothes the trees leaving me to wonder how beautiful a tree can truly be in winter.  This is my beloved silver maple covered in lichen and snow.





We have many types of snowfall, and I love the gentle slow falling flakes shown here against the backdrop of the gazebo slightly off center.





Here’s another tree shot of the same silver maple, but this time it is the red flower buds that stand out in winter waiting for the warm spring.





Then there is the beauty of snowfall in black and white.  Here is it falling a bit steadier with no wind again against the backdrop of the gazebo.





And here is a part of the garden that was recently covered in snow.  The snow washes the landscape clean and there are few colors left making black and white photos of it very intriguing and creative in my opinion.





One other spot that is magical in the garden in winter is the big birdhouse.




creative snow collage

And finally I leave you with a mosaic for the season that shows you more of the bokeh effect (out-of-focus areas of the photo) of snow.  You can see this same effect in many of my photos of snow in this post.



I hope you enjoyed these winter scenes created by nature.  I am linking in with the I Heart Macro meme hosted by Laura@Shine The Divine that happens every Saturday.  And I am linking in with Judith@Lavender Cottage who is hosting Mosaic Monday.  




I leave you with a bit of a sentiment about the magic of the first snow.   Feel free to download the photo and share.


All original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014.  Any reprints or use of content or photos is by permission only.


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  1. December 28, 2014    

    A magical series of snow photographs. Lovely 🙂

    • December 28, 2014    

      Thanks Cherie! Winter definitely can be magical!

  2. December 28, 2014    

    Monochromatic elegance, shrouded in mystery. Just beautiful. Thank you.

    • December 28, 2014    

      Soosie I am so happy you enjoyed the pictures!

  3. December 28, 2014    

    Beautiful winter scenes.. The snowfall looks beautiful. Lovely photos and post! Enjoy your Sunday and the week ahead. I wish you and you family a happy & healthy New Year!

    • December 28, 2014    

      Our snow is gone, but I am sure it will return soon…Happiest of New Years Eileen!

  4. December 28, 2014    

    Beautiful photos… Thank you, Donna!
    I love to see the snow flakes tenderly falling, and the snow does look like whipped cream in the first photo.
    Wishing you all the best for the new year 2015! ♥

    • December 28, 2014    

      Here’s to a wonderful, creative New Year Sara!!

  5. December 28, 2014    

    I particularly like your quote, “The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event.” And the pictures and wonderful!!! Wishing you a most Happy New Year!!!

    • December 28, 2014    

      When I found that quote I knew it was perfect and I do agree with it….now we are in a thaw but the snow will fall again and it will be a magical event once again. Happy New Year Cathy!!

  6. December 28, 2014    

    How beautiful! I’m wishing you a happy Sunday my friend! Hugs, Diane

    • December 28, 2014    

      Thanks Diane…I bet these snow scenes are great to look at from sunny warm Florida!

  7. Judith @ Lavender Cottage Judith @ Lavender Cottage
    December 28, 2014    

    You’ve eloquently captured the beauty of nature and snow Donna. After a green Christmas and temps in the mid 40s, it’s starting to snow now and I look forward to a wintry landscape again myself.
    Thank you for being a part of Mosaic Monday, bringing your love of plants, landscapes and poetry to share with us.
    All the best for 2015!

    • December 28, 2014    

      We are still in the 40s and green scenery here but it is supposed to end this week and I expect we will see snowflakes again…thank you for your kind comment and I am so glad you have enjoyed these posts Judith!

  8. December 28, 2014    

    Pretty snow photos and post Donna… Michelle

    • December 29, 2014    

      Thanks so much Michelle…we are getting dusting now so winter has returned.

  9. December 29, 2014    

    I have always loved the magic of snow, Donna, and had no idea in the world we’d have so little of it where we live here in the Netherlands. It never occurred to me that we’d not have GOBS of it every winter. But sadly, this part of the Netherlands is more like Atlanta in the States, where snow is a rarity (at least in the past). So that’s to say your post here does my heart good. I NEED your snow pics, so thanks! 🙂

    • December 29, 2014    

      I am happy to oblige Ginnie, and share my snow…I think I shared so much it is gone…we are getting a dusting but not sure when we will get our cover again…very unusual for us.

  10. December 29, 2014    

    beautiful wintry images.

    • December 29, 2014    

      Thanks Felicia…so happy you enjoyed them!

  11. December 30, 2014    

    Donna, I love the snowy magic you’ve displayed here!
    Today we went to visit my mum and as it’s been snowing here lately, many of trees, fields and buildings along the way were covered with that fresh shining snow. What a beautiful land!

    • December 30, 2014    

      Oh Petra it sounds incredible where you are. I do believe a fresh covering of new snow makes the world a beautiful place….

  12. December 30, 2014    

    A very prosperous, positive and happy new year filled with good health, joy, inner peace, calm in spirit, love and optimism as a state of mind! Sărbători vesele și un an nou fericit!
    2015 Happy New Year!

    • December 30, 2014    

      Many thanks Alexa…a lovely New Year’s greeting! Wishing you the same in 2015! Happy New Year!

  13. December 30, 2014    

    oh, what lovely narnian beauty!
    dollops of cream, indeed:)
    I love the way you see and say….thank you
    for sharing the magic!

    • December 31, 2014    

      Jennifer, right now we are in Narnia again as we have been green for almost 2 weeks and a missing the snow. I am pleased you enjoyed our winter magic my friend!!

  14. December 31, 2014    

    … thanks for visting my blog and have a great 2015!

    • December 31, 2014    

      It was a pleasure and I wish you a wonderful New Year too!

  15. December 31, 2014    

    Warm wishes for a happy and prosperous incoming 2015

    much love…

    • December 31, 2014    

      Wishing you a special New Year filled with laughter and love!

  16. January 2, 2015    

    Lovely snowy images Donna!

    • January 2, 2015    

      Glad you enjoyed the winter wonderland Laura!

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