Rather than succumb to winter negativity, which is about all one hears on news and sees on social media, choose to step outside, breath in the crisp winter air, and enjoy some winter beauty.
Blue skies, different hues of beech leaves, the texture of bark, and deep shadows on fresh snow join to create stunning winter scenes.
Shadows on the snow.
One place woodpeckers roam when not vying for space on the suet feeders.
What’s missing from the snow? Animal tracks. Usually, following a fresh snow, the woods and open areas are crossed with animal tracks. But the snow is deep this year, keeping all but the lightest of squirrels from venturing far, and holding deer deep in the woods where groves of mountain laurel offer some fodder and protection from the elements.
There’s no doubt that winter can be difficult. It takes a lot of work to keep driveways and sidewalks clear, and snow-clearing tasks can definitely become tedious.
But it’s winter … and I’m a glass-half-full kind of girl.
In winter, a shovel and snow shoes are my exercise tools, and snow is the blanket that protects my gardens.
I know, that as temperatures warm come spring, and snow slowly melts into the earth, plants will awaken from their winter sleep.
Now, is the time to enjoy winter beauty.