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End of Month Potpourri-February 2016


“Nature looks dead in winter because her life is gathered into her heart. She withers the plant down to the root that she may grow it up again fairer and stronger. She calls her family together within her inmost home to prepare them for being scattered abroad upon the face of the earth.” ~Hugh Macmillan




With scenes like this, I feel a sense of peace and calm even in the midst of a snow storm.  There is a feeling of being wrapped in a blanket, cocooned in safety as I watch this swirling magical world descend.  There is a beauty and magic to winter we miss when we just think about the negatives of snow.



It’s cold, the roads are a mess and I hate driving in it, I can’t garden or get outside….the list can go on and on.  But when I think of the time I spend indoors in winter, I feel glad to have this special time to rest, recharge and reconnect with my inner self.




And I do make time for the outdoors almost daily in winter….it is a renewed commitment to being out in all seasons and experiencing what they bring.  I absolutely love walking outside, even in cold winds, because it is refreshing.  I can give it many other terms:  bracing, invigorating, stimulating, energizing, exhilarating, reviving, restorative, rejuvenating, revitalizing.…well you get the picture.  And these words also describe how I feel about winter in general.



So I thought I would show you a few more pictures of winter this year…..most of it has happened in just one month, January.  Very strange to not have snow for at least 3 months, but I accept each month as they come.





When winter falls on the meadow, it is a breathtaking sight especially when the cold frosty morning meets the sunshine of the new day.





Each plant, coated in frost and snow, shimmers with the sunrise.





The fresh snow sits like cotton balls dipped in glitter.





And as the sun rises, I am intrigued by the bokeh effect on the landscape.




snowy branches

The display changes from different vantage points and lighting.  One reason I love to wander around after a snow fall, is to capture the different effects and views.




DSCN1881And  even on the grayer days, there is a beauty to the snow.





New snowy white flowers appearing where there was once only a seedhead….I call them winter flowers.




winter clethra collage

As the gray lightens or darkens the effect on the garden does too.  This Clethra bush is stunning when it is splashes with some snow.  It completely transforms under a heavier coating.





I hope you enjoyed this little look into winter in my own backyard.  We don’t have to venture too far to see the beauty of nature, frosty and sparkling under the winter snows.  You can also see some additional winter scenes with, winter at the lake, just a 10 minute walk from my door.



I will be away from my blog for a bit, and won’t have a Thursday post until March 10th.  I’ll see you then.




I leave you with a bit more sentiment about winter.   Feel free to download the photo and share.


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  1. February 25, 2016    

    A beautiful snowy post and wonderful words to go with it. We only had one day of snowfall this year, short but sweet.

    • February 25, 2016    

      So pleased you enjoyed our snowy winter….it wasn’t as typical as in past years, but it was still snowy enough!

  2. Elena Caravela Elena Caravela
    February 25, 2016    

    Glittering photos, Donna:)

  3. February 25, 2016    

    What a wonderful description of winter and about the relaxing time needed for yourself, itself…
    Love those terms:…”bracing, invigorating, stimulating, energizing, exhilarating, reviving, restorative, rejuvenating, revitalizing.…”
    And the images speak for themselves about the beauty of winter in your yard! Indeed, “each plant, coated in frost and snow, shimmers with the sunrise.”
    Our winter was more a mix of other seasonal temperatures and aspects, quite unusual! Spring seems to be too close… too soon!!
    Best regards!

    • February 25, 2016    

      Alexa I am so glad you enjoyed the pics of our ”bracing, invigorating, stimulating, energizing, exhilarating, reviving, restorative, rejuvenating, revitalizing” winter….spring is a few weeks off for sure as our weather is still cold and wet here…actually I am flooded in my yard. I’ll catch up with you in a couple of weeks after my break from blogging!

  4. February 25, 2016    

    Your winter images cause me to transport…here the snow has already gone and I wasn’t ready for that. I really enjoy winter. Thank you for your visit and for your positive and uplifting posts.

    • February 25, 2016    

      And I am thankful for you too my friend! We are getting rain, snow and ice…very wet and flooded here and still cold. I am not yet ready for my garden to be exposed yet. We have hardly had a winter really.

  5. February 25, 2016    

    Just glorious.
    We rarely get snow here, but I love the pared back elegance of winter. And snow is icing on that cake.

    • February 25, 2016    

      I love that Soosie….snow as the icing on the cake!

  6. February 25, 2016    

    At least you are not walking far by going into the garden for your walk. For me I like driving in this weather and love winter hikes. Like you said, it is refreshing. Too many are deficient in vitamin D and that leads to many ailments and even depression. So many studies on it lately.

    • February 26, 2016    

      No we don’t get in the car and drive to our walk areas, but we are lucky to have a large enough neighborhood here where we can walk…scenic too. I wish I could get out in my garden more in winter but once we get a few feet, it is hard to wander around. I was taking Vit. D supplements per Dr…. and then when I had blood work done, I was found to have too much Vit D so the supplements have been drastically reduced. It looks like those walks are a good source for my Vit D, but boy it is a problem when you don’t have enough Vit D especially for preventing osteoporosis.

  7. February 26, 2016    

    That third image is gorgeous! Nothing like snow and that soft warm light. Wonderful capture! Enjoy your time!

    • February 26, 2016    

      So happy you enjoyed our continuing winter Robin!

  8. February 26, 2016    

    Thank you, Donna, for your comment on my Sparrowhawk post. I particularly love the mosaic-photo collages in your post – and the Andrew Wyeth quotation is new to me. Thank you! The sun has come out here this afternoon in the eastern regions of the UK – a good start to the w/e.

    • February 26, 2016    

      I have been behind blogging so happy to catch up with you, Caroline! Sun just came out here too but oh it is cold and has been snowing on and off. Looking forward to the warmer w/e here.

  9. February 26, 2016    

    We have had so much warmth and melting that our landscape looks like late March or early April, rather than like your beautiful snowy scenes more characteristic of February.

    • February 26, 2016    

      Wow seems we are the only ones still having snow, cold and winter….we may have more melt again as we see saw back and forth with snow, rain, ice and snow again. But the temps don’t look to be steady warming until mid March.

  10. February 27, 2016    

    My dearest Donna, I’m so, so very charmed by your potpourri of Winter sceneries, and views, so fascinating and magic !
    Thank you so much for this gorgeous post of your, my sweetest friend !
    Sending blessings on your weekend,
    with dear love and so much gratitude

    • February 29, 2016    

      So glad you enjoyed our snowy scenes here…they say we still have a bit more winter, but spring is around the corner…have a wonderful week dear dany!

  11. February 27, 2016    

    I miss the deep snow falls we used to experience when I was young. The snow falls where a nuisance bringing transport to a halt. The beauty of the snow, more than made up for that as did the community spirit of people helping each other out, clearing roads and pathways etc.

    We have had no snow at all this year, it has all fallen as rain because the temperature is too warm.

    • February 29, 2016    

      That is so strange to have had such a change with snows through your lifetime…I am experincing less snow this year and I don’t like it!

  12. March 3, 2016    

    Well, I’m sitting here with the air con on full tilt, enjoying a quiet moment of chill with some of my favourite bloggers – I think you were a perfect choice Donna! Here’s to spring in your garden!
    Wren x

    • March 4, 2016    

      Glad I could give you a chill to cool you off my friend!

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