“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.
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.
And 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.
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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