Winter beauty

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.

Winter color.

Winter color.

Shadows on the snow.



One place woodpeckers roam when not vying for space on the suet feeders.

Woodpeckers were here

Woodpeckers were here

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.

winter woods absent of deer tracks

winter woods absent of deer tracks

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.

Winter exercise tools

Winter exercise tools

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.



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7 comments for “Winter beauty

  1. February 11, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    I’m with you–as long as it’s not too, too, cold. We are heading into some days where the highs will be in the single digits, and I think I will be staying inside then. Unless, perhaps, if the sun is shining and the wind is not blowing. I just gave a talk this weekend on creating winter beauty you can see from your favorite window, and included many of the points you mention here. Great minds think alike! 😉

    • February 11, 2015 at 5:01 pm

      Kathy, the nicer the winter view from inside to outside, the easier it is to keep a positive winter attitude … don’t you think?

      • February 11, 2015 at 6:51 pm

        Yes, but I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend light therapy to anyone who was struggling. Seasonal Affective Disorder is real and a pretty view by itself won’t cure it.

  2. Jim
    February 11, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    Wonderful post. Thank you. And very pretty pictures. Too difficult to photograph well perhaps, but the night time scenery is just as pretty with the gorgeous moonlight shining off the snowpack and through the trees. Right when it’s time to go to bed and I turn off all the lights in the house, it’s so nice to gaze outside at the winter moonlight. Hard to keep up with snow removal from the back patio, front walkway and digging out run ways for the dog in the snow. LOL So funny, I was thinking the same thing with exercise, who needs the gym when you have feet of snow to clear?!

    • February 11, 2015 at 5:04 pm

      Jim, we now have snowshoes that allow us to beat down paths to the shed and compost piles. We decided, for the first time this year, to leave the snow on our composite deck which saves us a lot of shoveling and gives us more time to enjoy the snow and views.

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