Reflections on Winter

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.

My wish for you in 2020

As the year and the decade winds down these last few hours I am busily preparing myself for the days and weeks and months ahead. This past year was so very challenging in so many ways. But I am so grateful that we always had enough: enough support; enough love; enough strength; enough courage; enough of whatever was required to meet our needs. That is my wish for all of you as the earth spins on and on. Happy New Year!