I love winter most when I can be inside, comfortably watching those thick white flakes drifting to earth through the window pane. But there is nothing like the sound of snow crunching beneath my boots or the sensation of crisp, cold air against my skin. A walk through winter woods is every bit as charming and delightful as that same walk on a summer’s day, that is as long as the winds do not blow and the sun causes the snow to sparkle like diamonds spread generously across the land. I mark as precious such days as these and file them carefully in my memory to pull out and cherish on hot days that have me scurrying for shade. Of course it’s difficult to really remember just how chill the air was when the weather is hot and sultry.

Winter can be deathly quiet and the winds as bitter and as cutting as the sharpest blade. Yet, I would not change it, even if it were within my power. Every season has a beauty all its own and here in this season, at this time of year, I welcome winter’s gifts. Here are a few photos of the cold scenes I have captured:

Taken early in the morning on winter solstice

“I had been educated in the rhythms of the mountain, rhythms in which change was never fundamental, only cyclical. The same sun appeared each morning, swept over the valley, and dropped behind the peak. The snows that fell in winter always melted in the spring. – Tara Westover

When evening dropped its curtain on the shortest day of the year

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire; it is the time for home!!!! – Edith Sitwell

Snow-covered or frosted with ice, trees stand guard through all seasons

“No winter lasts forever, no spring skips its turn.” – Hal Borland

Sun sets early on winter days, leaving us long evenings to relax and enjoy whatever we may wish; to dream and plan; to reconcile and heal…a time for reflection and growth

“How many lessons of faith and beauty we should lose, if there were no winter in our year!” – Thomas Wentworth Higgins

On this 2nd of January I wish you all a Happy New Year – may it bring you blessings, growth, health, happiness, and love.

20 thoughts on “Reflections on Winter

  1. Beautiful! I loved winter up north. In Regina it is more of a struggle with icy roads, narrowed streets, frozen vehicles, and dirty snow. I loved seeing the real winter in your photos.

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      1. You did an amazing job of it – as usual! When we lived up north we lived in a tiny hamlet of 50 residents. There were tons of spruce trees (several in our huge yard) and a lake across the road. In the winter it was like living in a Christmas card.

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      2. That sounds so nice. I have to say the city has done an excellent job of ensuring there are lots of green spaces for people to enjoy along with miles and miles of nature trails to ski or hike. I love that about this place.

        Thank you for your kind words, they are much appreciated!

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  2. Beautiful winter landscapes! Every season does, indeed, bring its own lessons of faith and beauty. But, as a child of the tropics, I’ve never felt any sense of lost for not having experienced a white winter, as expressed in the quote by Thomas Wentworth Higgins.

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    1. It is as hard for me to imagine living without winter as it is for you to imagine living somewhere other than the tropics. It’s all good. It is whatever we get used to, I guess. Happy New Year, Rosaliene!

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  3. Lol — ‘But there is nothing like the sound of snow crunching beneath my boots or the sensation of crisp, cold air against my skin.’ — I wonder if we have the same or opposite feelings. 😃

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    1. Thanks so much, Maureen. It has been a beautiful winter so far. Since Christmas we have enjoyed some lovely milder days – this date last year it was -22 Celsius here, today I went out with just a fall jacket on. Which is great, except that it worries me that global warming maybe playing a significant role.

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