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Why I Love Winter

One of my friends said she doesn’t understand why I enjoy winter so much. Hmm, that made me think. Below zero temperatures, snow omnipresent. Why would anyone choose to live in the frozen Northeast Kingdom? But I have the answer.

For the beauty and stillness of a cold winter morning.

pine trees

For darkness that falls at 4:00 p.m.

dusk falls 2

The way the snow lights long winter nights.

winter night 3

And the moon so visible in the frigid air.

full moon

For horses impatient to journey on snow covered trails.

Morgan horse

For dogs dressed in coats who frolic with glee.

running dogs

For the surprise of a bird’s nest forgotten in the woods:

bird nest

For leaving piles of snow to see just how high they will go.

patio table

For a December sunset awash in color

December sunset

For icy streams that run through the woods

frozen stream

For snowstorms so big, you can’t get out the door

back door

And snow banks piled high making perfect places to play.

German shepherd

For the first time the light shifts and you know spring is on it’s way.

spring light on snow

And at long last the mud signaling winter’s end.

tire tracks in mud

That’s why I love winter.

mountain woman
2/6/2010 11:50:44 AM

Hello Everyone, we've been on the road and I've been offline. Thanks so much for your welcoming comments!!! Oz Girl, our trip back was uneventful but getting the house opened up again has been an adventure. Heat decided to break :-)And, yes, the cold air does lend itself to glorious skies. That's why I love this country. From your beautiful Kansas open skies to our Northeast Kingdom frigid skies, there is just so much that is incredible. Nebraska Dave, what a lovely way to describe drinking coffee at your favorite shop. I was there with you enjoying the view from the window. Yes, all of those photos are from our farm. We are very privileged to have 300 acres of wilderness. You'll have to come visit if you get up this way. My Morgan mare knows how to pull a sled so perhaps a sleigh ride for you? Vickie, thank you. Cindy, thank you for the welcome. Yes, I adore winter. There is something magical about it in a way different from all other seasons. I'm so glad I've found someone else who loves winter too. Hi Tammy! Yes, Missouri is an incredible and beautiful place and we enjoyed our time there. Thanks everyone for stopping by. Mountain Woman

2/4/2010 8:26:23 PM

Lovely pictures, and you make a great case for Winter. As I read your post tonight, we are getting snow here in Missouri. It is beautiful, even now, when I long for Spring just a *little* bit :)

cindy murphy
2/4/2010 1:58:28 PM

Finally! Someone who sounds as if she LOVES...winter as much as I do, and for many of the same reasons. I've been feeling just a itty-bitty tad bit guilty for my love affair with winter when so many around me can't wait for it to be over. Then I had the most goregous x-country ski this past weekend - out at the nature center, down torch-lit trails, with the full moon high above. I sighed, thinking to myself, isn't life grand. Your photos certainly prove it is. Welcome to Grit, Mountain Woman.

2/3/2010 9:29:43 PM

Just beautiful pictures -they make you rethink winter! vickie

nebraska dave
2/3/2010 7:01:29 PM

Mountain Woman, those pictures are gorgeous. There really is something about the beauty of Winter. The clean crisp fresh air; the way it’s so quiet during a snow fall; the way sound travels across newly fallen snow; all make for memorable experiences. There are times when I sit in my favorite place, the book store, with a hot cup of coffee and drink in the Courier and Ives wonder of big flake snow falling outside the huge windows while sipping on the hot brew. I can almost visualize that horse pulled sleigh sliding past the window. I’ve learned to enjoy the Winter months. It’s the quiet rest time for nature before the life cycle begins again. Of course, since I don’t have to get out in it when I don’t want, it does make it more enjoyable. The picture I guess with the sun and the moon at the same time is really extreme. Are all these pictures taken from near your house? I’ve never experienced the Northeast, but have always wanted to go there. It looks to be beautiful even in the Winter. I am already looking forward to more picture blogs from the Northeast.

oz girl
2/3/2010 6:38:55 PM

Winter can be a tough season to get through, but all your reasons for loving winter make such beautiful photographs! "For dogs dressed in coats who frolic with glee"... this photo truly conveys the happiness of your dogs, to just live in the moment. And of course, the ultra cold air serves up some glorious skies, doesn't it? Hope you are staying warm in the NE kingdom, and that your trip back from the Ozarks was uneventful! :-)