Thursday, February 11, 2016

Seeing Beautiful In Winter

Cold. Blustery. Even the sun is harsh on a blue day when the temperature drops below freezing. 

I really, really don't like winter. Maybe it's because we live in an in-between place. Sure, we get all four seasons, but winter is relatively short and usually fairly mild. When it does snow it's only a little and it only sticks around briefly. We get the gray dreariness of leafless trees without the compensation of dramatic blizzards, snowmen, and excuses to stay inside reading and drinking hot beverages.

There is beauty outside. I'm serving it with a side of attitude, because I'm so ready to see some Spring beautiful!

"A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water."  - Carl Reiner

 "I read, much of the night, and go south in winter."  -T. S. Eliot

"Winter is not a season, it's an occupation."
                                                -Sinclair Lewis

 "No animal, according to the rules of animal-etiquette, is expected to do anything strenuous, or heroic, or even moderately active, during the off-season of winter."       -Kenneth Grahame

"Winter is nature's way of saying, 'Up yours'."
                                             - Robert Byrne

"Nothing is as tedious as the limping days,
When snowdrifts yearly cover all the ways,
And ennui, sour fruit of incurious gloom,
Assumes control of fate's immortal loom"
                                  - Charles Baudelaire

 "Honest Winter, snow-clad, and with the frosted beard, I can welcome not uncordially; But that long deferment of the calendar's promise, that weeping gloom of March and April, that bitter blast outraging the honor of May how often has it robbed me of heart and hope?"  -George Gissing

And finally, on a happier note,
"If winter comes, can spring be far behind?"
                                            -Percy Bysshe Shelley

Keep warm, and keep seeing beautiful!
(All quotes were found on Goodreads. )


  1. Having lived in Minnesota for a time and getting 4 feet of snow in a day - I have had more than enough to last a life time - it is beautiful when it first falls but once it turns to slush - it is just yuk

  2. I am a winter not lover either. This winter has been pretty good, less snow and warmer, until today which was like -18 F.

    1. Weird isn't it? Last week we went from 75 degrees to 25 in a day.

  3. This was superb!! The Carl Reiner quote, and the one by Robert Byrne were my faves! Love the photo that accompanies the Byrne quote too! DakotasDen

    1. Oh thank you! That whole park is flooded - picnic tables and benches. Glad you liked the Byrne quote. I think it's right to the point.

  4. What a beautiful post! Even though we live in Upstate NY...known for our large amounts of snow...I'm not a fan! Bring on Spring! Happy Seeing Beautiful!

    1. I don't know how you do it up in New England. Although we did live in Maine years ago. I think it makes a difference when the snow is expected so they clear the road fast etc.

  5. Oh I'm with you... we wait for the first signs of spring and we hope Mr. Winter will pack his suitcase now :o)

  6. Amy this is a beautiful post. I love the quotes and the pictures and I agree about winter.
    I love 4 seasons and I know we are fortunate to have them....but Mother Nature is quite fickle
    it is brutally cold here today we awoke to wind chill of 18. The weather is up and down and all around like the Big Bad Wolf Roller coaster at Busch Gardens.
    Hugs cecilia and madi

  7. I don't like winter either, your photos are amazing and brightened my cold day today.

  8. Your photos are fabulous. That first one - wow!!!! It is beautiful. I hope that you see some warmth there soon. I can tell that you need the feeling of the warm sun on your face :)

  9. Amy, your pictures are always so stunning. Thank you for the ways you see beautiful.

  10. Hi there! I saw your comment on my post and wasn't sure if you follow comments so I popped over here. I hope you see this: no we didn't camp over in Fort Myers. We stayed at a la Quinta Inn. There is limited tent camping options on the west coast, though we did find one spot which I will be writing about next week. Most "camping" over there is in RV resorts.


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