a winter reprieve

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it’s january. some days i feel like i’m in a winter slump. it seems there’s not enough hours in a day and i can’t accomplish what i want to. nature seems bleak and grey. evenings are cool and dark, but the cabin feels stuffy because i over-stoked the fire. other days, however, i wake up and go outside and the woods are alive with winter. last week we had had some freezing rain over night, but when the warm sunlight appeared the next morning, everything sparkled and a mist arose from the forest floor. snow was evaporating. trees were steaming. i don’t think i’ve ever seen anything like it. i felt very lucky to be able to experience the forest like this. i like having this right outside my door. i like that i can’t spend an entire day inside. i’m literally forced to go for a stroll when the time comes to eat a meal or use the bathroom. when the glumness of winter gets at its worst, something happens. you get a beautiful day and a reprieve.

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  1. Oh my these photos are stunning, you just played with bokeh in every way you felt like! I loved reading your words too… Winter also makes me feel all these mixed feelings. And we don’t have snow here in Lisbon so it’s all about rain that has been here since day 1… Winter blues can crawl in for sure!

    • Thank you so much, Claudia! :) I would have a hard time with rain all winter instead of snow! One of my favorite quotes about winter is by writer Rick Bass. When I feel the winter blues coming on I read it and focus on pushing through!:
      “Love the winter. Don’t betray it. Be loyal.

      When the spring gets here, love it too—and then the summer.

      But be loyal to the winter, all the way through—all the way, and with sincerity—or you’ll find yourself high and dry, longing for a spring that’s a long way off, and winter will have abandoned you, and in her place you’ll have cabin fever, the worst.
      The colder it gets, the more you’ve got to love it.”

      – Rick Bass, Winter: Notes from Montana

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