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The Beauty of Nature - In Photographs and Thoughts - Winter

Updated on February 13, 2014
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What better way to preserve our memories than photographs? Mary loves taking pictures and sharing them along with her knowledge about them.

“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome." ~ Anne Bradstreet

Snow on Bamboo

Seeing the snow covered bamboo as the snow continues to fall.
Seeing the snow covered bamboo as the snow continues to fall. | Source

Facts About Winter

  • The December solstice is also known as the "summer solstice" in the southern hemisphere. It is the winter solstice only in the northern hemisphere.
  • In Winter, days are shortest and the nights are longest.
  • No two snow flakes are alike but all snowflakes have 6 sides.
  • Antarctica set the record for the worlds coldest temperature at -129(degrees Fahrenheit).
  • Ice is a considered a mineral.
  • Winter Blues or Seasonal affective disorder (also called SAD) is a type of depression that occurs at the same time every year.
  • Chionophobia is the fear of snow.


Those of us living in the Northeast are very familiar with winter. While it does make the spring more pleasant, it still has a beauty of its own. As the snow blankets everything in sight turning it into pure white you can't help but be impressed by its beauty. Many of us however, are not so impressed by its cold. The winter of 2013-2014 has been a long hard winter, cold and lots of snow so at times it is difficult to think of it as beautiful.

Normally, winter temperatures in New York State vary by region from thirty-six in New York City to twenty-eight in Watertown. Of course no winter really follows the average. This winter has been one of the coldest on record. While we think it is the coldest actually 1985 was the coldest since 1917. In the Great Lakes Region temperatures this year were in the negative twenties according to CNN. So you may have a hard time convincing me and a lot of others about the average with so many days in the low twenties with wind chill factors below zero. They say we have been blessed with a Polar Vortex. The Polar Vortex is visiting us from the Antarctic and we would all like to see it go home.

So here we have more snow than usual and certainly colder than normal temperatures, but then as people say, "its winter in the northeast, live with it." As we live with it we try to find the beauty in it.

Before the Snows Came - Photos from November, 2012

This cardinal was very happy to sit in the rose bush and keep an eye on things.
This cardinal was very happy to sit in the rose bush and keep an eye on things. | Source
This bluejay hung around into the colder weather picking his seeds off the ground.
This bluejay hung around into the colder weather picking his seeds off the ground. | Source

How do you feel about winter?

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Is Winter All Bad?

There are many who will argue winter is the pits, but, on the other hand you will find people who love winter and the winter sports it brings. How many of you had snowball fights as kids? Or built snowmen or made snow angels? See what I mean. Then of course there's skiing, ice skating, sleigh riding, and even ice fishing for the brave at heart. There are many joys to find in the winter and to them the more snow the better.

The first snowfall is the most beautiful and most appreciated.

Enjoying Winter?

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One of my son-in-laws cross country skiing in a recent snow storm
One of my son-in-laws cross country skiing in a recent snow storm | Source
One of my grandson's enjoying a sleigh ride.
One of my grandson's enjoying a sleigh ride. | Source
A St. Bernard resting in the snow.
A St. Bernard resting in the snow. | Source
Don't forget all the snow shoveling.
Don't forget all the snow shoveling. | Source
The birds need to be fed.
The birds need to be fed. | Source
What about cutting down your own Christmas tree?
What about cutting down your own Christmas tree? | Source
Who can forget Christmas lights on your house?
Who can forget Christmas lights on your house? | Source
Birds finding water in a mid-winder thaw.
Birds finding water in a mid-winder thaw. | Source
One of my granddaughters getting ready to ski.
One of my granddaughters getting ready to ski. | Source
A snow angel from my grandchildren!  As perfect as they are.
A snow angel from my grandchildren! As perfect as they are. | Source
If you really want to see snow you can always go to Alaska in May!
If you really want to see snow you can always go to Alaska in May! | Source

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.” ~ Edith Sitwell

Suggestions for Winter Activities

  • Build a snow fort
  • Build a snowman
  • Take a walk in the woods
  • Put out suet and birdseed for our feathered friends
  • Do a winter scavenger hunt
  • Make a winter journal
  • Go out at night to see the stars
  • Go snowshoeing
  • Go tubing
  • Look for squirrel nests
  • Photograph winter scenes
  • Get together with friends and sit around drinking hot cocoa
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Give yourself a pedicure
  • Make paper snowflakes with your kids
  • Don't forget your hat and gloves when you go outside

A Time to Reflect

Winter offers us a time to reflect. A time to stop and appreciate not only what we have, but what nature provides us with.

Just think of the warm cozy fireplace and hot soup or hot cocoa to enjoy on a cold day. Remember all the wonderful things you've been given, including your nice warm house. (Also, remember those without a warm house and donate some blankets and coats.) Spend time with family to surround yourself with even more warmth.

Take in the beauty of the snow as it lines each tree branch and sparkles in the sun.

If you like the cold, get those boots on and go for a walk in the quiet of the snow or if you prefer, get a bunch of friends together and have a snowball fight to bring back times of your youth. Of course if there are any hills covered in snow, get out a sleigh and head down! If you live in NYC, or visit in the winter, you can always go ice skating at Rockefeller Center or taken in the winter wonderland shown in various store windows. Speaking of stores, don't forget shopping is a great winter sport. For those of you who are brave beyond my wildest dreams there are also Polar Bear Clubs...imagine the thrill of a bathing suit and that slightly chilly water in the Atlantic. As an aside, the Polar Bears raise money for Camp Sunshine in Maine for ill children. The big dip is only on New Year's Day (to raise money) but you are certainly free to test the waters any time.

The winter snows also replenish the water we so desperately need in the warmer weather. Snow accumulates in winter, and with warming of spring and early summer it melts, producing streamflow.

For some animals the snow is their only source of water in the winter. So much we can think about when we think of winter and winter snow.

There is nothing in the world more beautiful than the forest clothed to its very hollows in snow. It is the still ecstasy of nature, wherein every spray, every blade of grass, every spire of reed, every intricacy of twig, is clad with radiance. ~ William Sharp

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Snow falling.
Snow falling. | Source
Snow covers everything.
Snow covers everything. | Source
A covered bridge, "covered".
A covered bridge, "covered". | Source
The shadow of the trees along the water.
The shadow of the trees along the water. | Source
Snow's effect on water.
Snow's effect on water. | Source
Winter's effect on a local rail trail bridge...only snow is on the trail.
Winter's effect on a local rail trail bridge...only snow is on the trail. | Source
Trees in their snowy blanket.
Trees in their snowy blanket. | Source
A winter sunset.
A winter sunset. | Source
A tree framing a snow covered field.
A tree framing a snow covered field. | Source
Old train cars resting in peace and outlined with snow.
Old train cars resting in peace and outlined with snow. | Source
Ice is the de rigueur for the fashionable roof this winter.
Ice is the de rigueur for the fashionable roof this winter. | Source
So many snow scenes to be photographed.
So many snow scenes to be photographed. | Source
Hard to believe there's water under that bridge.
Hard to believe there's water under that bridge. | Source

The simplicity of winter has a deep moral. The return of Nature, after such a career of splendor and prodigality, to habits so simple and austere, is not lost either upon the head or the heart. It is the philosopher coming back from the banquet and the wine to a cup of water and a crust of bread. ~ John Burroughs

The majesty of nature in winter is surely seen in this waterfall.
The majesty of nature in winter is surely seen in this waterfall. | Source

Find the Beauty

I hope you find the beauty under the cold. I hope for you, joy and love filled days as you keep warm in the winter months.

Please leave a comment and let me know how you feel about winter.

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      Kristen Howe 

      4 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      My pleasure Mary. You're very welcome.

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      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Thank you Krisen, for stopping by! I love sharing my photos and I'm glad you liked it.

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      Kristen Howe 

      4 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Mary, this was beautiful. I love the descriptions to match the photos. This was a lovely hub. Thanks for sharing. Voted up!

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      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Thanks so much for the shares Aufait. We haven't had a lot of snow this year though we're expecting snow for the next three or four days but, it's been cold! Stay warm and healthy.

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      C E Clark 

      4 years ago from North Texas

      So many great photos! I remember the below zero weather in Wisconsin where I grew up and how beautiful the fresh fallen snow was. Even everything covered with a heavy frost would turn it into a magical fairyland. This is the second year we have received no snow -- maybe I should say so far for this year since there's still time for snow. We did get a horrible ice storm in December 2013.

      Very much enjoyed the read and all the photos. Voted up, BAI, and pinned to my 'White II' board.

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      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      I'm in Ulster County, NY and winters can be mean here too Aesta. We have talked about going south each winter but never seem to make it.

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      Mary Norton 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I remember my winter days in Ottawa, Canada. There were days when it was magic. Love it for Christmas but it was a challenge. Now, when winter signals its arrival, we leave.

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      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      Thank you Theresa. It is always such a joy to share my thoughts and photos and know someone like you appreciates it!

      Thanks Rebecca.

      Yes Crafty, even though it can make life difficult, winter has its beauty.

      Thank you Audrey and you are so right about the stillness.

      Thank you Kathleen for reading and commenting.

      Bk42author you certainly know what I mean coming from NY. I can't imagine an 80 degree winter!

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      Brenda Thornlow 

      5 years ago from New York

      Beautiful hub! I'm in New York as well, and while - like everyone else - I thought this winter was pretty brutal, I've still love winter. Although I'm originally from NY, I spent about 15 years in Southern California and even though the weather is beautiful out there I did miss the change of seasons. Picking out a Christmas tree in 80 degree weather was a little odd for me. Love the pics. Voted up!

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      Kathleen Odenthal 

      5 years ago from Bridgewater

      Beautiful hub, thank you for this piece

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      Beautiful hub--I love the winter--I love its stillness --

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      5 years ago

      I live in the north. We have had a really cold snowy winter. But you are right, it does give us time to reflect. It's time to stop and think about what we are doing. Otherwise, we are just living in a nonstop race constantly. I love it when it snows so much that everything just shuts down. It's a nice reminder that there are other things important in life. And it's so pretty to look at the snow coming down.

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Beautiful photography! You have done a wonderful job finding the beauty in winter.

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      Theresa Ast 

      5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Mary - I absolutely love winter and cold weather and the barren silhouettes of trees and snow. But living in the South I don'e get very many truly cold and even fewer snowy days (I might feel different if I lived up North and I can see how the difficulties and disadvantages would increase in old age).

      Now for your Hub. I loved! The photographs are just marvelous! I tries several times to pick out my three "most favorite" pictures and each time I ended up with 7 or 8 pictures and couldn't choose. A wonderful hub, truly a winter delight. Blessings. Sharing. Theresa

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      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      Victoria, the old trains are not far from where I live. I guess you could say they have a private "burial ground" there. As I've said again and again I've never been a fan of the cold. I think the snow is beautiful but give me 85 degrees any day. Thanks for reading.

      b. Malin how lucky you are to be in Florida. My husband used to say no way but now as he's gotten older (much older) he keeps saying he wishes he was in Florida! Glad you enjoyed.

      Thanks Christy. It can be hard to appreciate winter but we know spring will come! thanks for the vote and share.

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      Christy Birmingham 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a beautiful hub, both for its photos and its descriptive words. You inspire me to enjoy winter more, and to make the most of the season that many people spend saying, "I wish spring would get here soon!" --Thanks, voting up and sharing :)

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      b. Malin 

      5 years ago

      Seasons come and Seasons go...But this WINTER lasted much to long for my Northern, family and friends...I'm always sending Florida Sunshine their way. And NO I don't miss the WINTER.

      Your pictures are Lovely, and I too am a Lover of covered Bridges, they seem so Romantic. Enjoyed your Hub, my friend.

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      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I do love the pics, especially of the old train and the covered bridge. Wherever did you take them? I liked winter as a child, but now I hate it. I can't stand being cold, which I feel from November through March or April! There's nothing pretty about snow and ice unless the sun is shining through it and it's melting. Those cold, white, gray day are not attractive to me. I did enjoy your photos and reflections, though. Great hub!

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      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      Again I start off with an apology as I have been away and unable to get to my HP. Thank you all for being patient with me.

      jhamann thank you for the lovely comment.

      Nell, I've thought of you often when hearing about the flooding. My daughter-in-law was in London and said the flooding was about 25 miles away. Glad you made it through. It is unbelievably cold here. Now they are predicting 20 below in a couple of days! Snow, fine, freezing, not so fine.

      samazi, yes, there is a balance to nature but it is sometimes hard for us to live with.

      Teaches you are right as always. It is all about being prepared and dressing properly.

      RTalloni I wish I had your words and wonderful thoughts when I wrote this hub. Thank you for the superb comment.

      My wonderful Audrey! Yes, I think the cold makes us want to be warm and take time to reflect.

      Nadine May, I'm with you. The thing I find most frustrating though is it is windy in winter and not in summer when you could use that nice warm breeze!

      Right on Vellur .

      You are again right Brett. I have heard that saying as well and totally agree! Thank you so much for the shares, they are very much appreciated.

      Deb, your words are as beautiful as your photographs and conjure up visions.

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Many interesting things are in the north that cannot be seen elsewhere. How about cranberries under the clear ice? Hoarfrost covering bushes in a flash? Those are a coup[le of my dearest memories. Mind you, I no longer miss living with the winters of the north, as I have had my share.

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      Brett C 

      5 years ago from Asia

      Nicely said with great pics. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, after all, it is all about how YOU choose to see things.

      I once heard a dog described as being 'so ugly, it's beautiful' ... loved that description lol.

      Shared on twitter, Pinterest, FB and with followers.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      Great hub, beautiful photos! Winter is not all bad there is some good!

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      Masimba Mukichi 

      5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Lovely photos, nature is in control - In some places floods are causing havoc. That's how nature balances our world.

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      Nadine May 

      5 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      What a lovely hub on winter. Me living in the southen hemisphere - Cape Town our winters are mild compared to the winters in Holland. I grew up there and have great memories of the snow, but no i do not like winter in general. I'm a lover of summer except for the lack of rainfall

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      Audrey Hunt 

      5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      These photos are so life-like I could reach out and feel the beauty. You have prompted me to feel differently about the winter. I will, from now on, take "time to reflect." Thank you, beautiful Mary ~ Audrey

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      5 years ago from the short journey

      Great photos and adding the activities list was a great idea for this hub.

      Real snow falls are rare in our area. The kind that layers on and piles up and quiets the neighborhood only to call small faces to the slick hills and streets with their sleds are the snow falls we long for every year.

      First, there is a lovely silence as the flakes blanket everything with a soft hush. Everything stops and the stillness is a beautiful change of pace.

      Before we know it, the snow stops falling, and slowly, as if afraid to break the silent reverie, first one house in the distance and next another speaks a little movement.

      Then comes the delightful, abundantly joyous, unequally exhilarating squeals of kids playing in the snow, shortly followed by the laughs of grownups who couldn't resist joining the fun.

      We actually talk to each other rather than wave as we drive through the neighborhood. I'm sometimes surprised that we recognize each other up close!

      The kids are nice to each other and polite to the grownups. Flying through the snow and flinging it any and everywhere while singing out warnings, happily excited in their carefree abandon, just watching them refreshes me to the core.

      Not finding "the beauty under the cold" is a sad mistake! I love our snow falls.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      I miss the beauty of winter. I grew up seeing the wonder of snow up north. If you are prepared, the cold is bearable. I love your photos and suggested acivities.

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Beautiful photos mary! and yes Winter can be awesome when you get to go out in the snow, especially with the kids. we have been 'lucky' in the sense that it hasn't been cold at all this winter over here! in fact most days I have my back door wide open! there was the floods of course, and in my town it was pretty bad too, but not near my house, wonderful hub! voted up and shared! nell

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      5 years ago from Reno NV

      Beautiful hub about a season that holds such wonder. Jamie

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      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      Jodah the first snow storm every winter is truly magical but then it comes again, and again, and again. While some people don't mind others of us get weary and tired of shoveling and clearing away snow. I hope you do get to experience snow because it can be magnificent.

      Pearl we've had wet snow too but due to the cold we've had more dry snow. A couple of weeks ago I saw those diamonds in the snow, breathtaking! Thank you my friend for being here for me.

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      Connie Smith 

      5 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Mary, your photography as always is spectacular. I also loved reading about interesting snow facts, some of which I did not know. I have been wanting to make a snowman with a hat and outstretched hand to feed my birds, but the snow is not wet enough.

      I do remember being a kid and loving every chance to get out there and play in the cold white stuff. I also remember seeing 'diamonds in the snow' as the sun began to set; and that special lavender and pink light that seems to only happen at sunset in winter.

      What I don't love about it is the shoveling! But I did love this article--voted it way up my friend ;) Pearl

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      John Hansen 

      5 years ago from Queensland Australia

      What a delightful hub Mary, and loved all the amazing Winter pics. I adore Winter, but we don't get snow here and it doesn't get below abou -3 celsius at it's very coldest. It is easy to rug up and get a fire going to stay snug and warm. I would love to experience snow one day, but who knows. I guess that's easy for me to say not having to live through a frozen Winter like most of you. Anyway voted up.

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      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      DDE it is the same here, too cold or too hot. Maybe a day or two in spring and fall that fit the bill!

      I bet you did Shelia.

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      5 years ago

      tillsontitan: Reading is a great way to spend the hours stuck indoors. I did read quite a few books this winter.

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I enjoy all four seasons but in Croatia we don't have all seasons and getting used to the different climate has been tough. Either too cold or too hot. Lovely photos and an interesting approach to winter.

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      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      I hope you will all forgive me for the slight delay in answering your comments. The ever building snow has caused long hours of shoveling and by the time I get inside I just want to plop! We are getting more snow now on top of the twenty inches we got the last two days. Soon there will be no place to put the snow!

      Thank you Eric, for reading. We all hold our own memories of each season, but the good memories are the ones that seem to surface.

      Bob so sorry to hear about all the rain and flooding. We've probably had the same percipitation but its been in snow. We're a little tired of cleaning off the vehicles, shoveling the driveway, shoveling the roof, etc., etc. Yes the cardinal is a lovely bird. We had one nest in that same rose bush one year and it was magnificent to watch. Good to see you here my friend. Stay well.

      Faith this has been a crushing winter everywhere. More snow than we know what to do with and such bitter cold. I think it would be hard to find anyone who likes temperatures in the teens with wind chill factors below zero! I know it has been especially hard for the south since you are not prepared to handle snow. We had twenty inches in two days and now its snowing again! Enough white already, blue's my favorite color ;)

      Frank I HATE driving in the snow. When I was working I would have other people drive me to work. I ran off the road more than once in a snow storm and after that, no driving for me. I love the beauty of it but not the cold and certainly not the shoveling. (Though it is good exercise.)

      B2B, how wonderful to see you here. I've missed you. I do love the birds and have bird feeders and bird houses throughout. I think age and cold are not a good mix no matter where you live. Lots of hot chocolate and thoughts of spring going your way too.

      Phyllis, seven kids, how wonderful!! I'm sure your mother was run ragged but loved every minute of it. So glad I could evoke some good memories and so appreciate your calling my hub magical!

      Manatita, so very good to see you here. I cannot imagine swimming in winter but as you said, the Finns do it and here we have those in the Polar Bear Clubs. When I'm out in winter I just want to be warm with layers of clothes! While you are most welcome my friend, it is I who thank you for stopping by.

      J.S. isn't it amazing how much difference a few miles can make? Two of my children live in Jersey and when we had like three inches of snow they had a foot. When we had a foot they had three inches...go figure. Thanks for the vote and share and keep thinking thoughts of spring.

      Sheila, I'm with you. Once the shoveling's done I'm inside and that's that. I think the bones feel the cold more the older we get. Well, you've probably gotten a lot of reading done this winter!

      Bill, you make a good point. The winter wind is unforgiving. My husband always says, "where is this wind in summer?" Enjoy your weekend too!

      Genna this has been the winter from hell...if you can compare cold to hot ;) Isn't it funny how so many of us are entranced by the skating? The grace, poise and ease with which they complete those magnificent routines is definitely mesmerizing. Thanks for being here my friend.

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      Genna East 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Mary…

      I loved this hub and your photographs are beautiful. You are right…winter is many things to many people. I love the snow, and “snowing,” but the sub zero arctic temps have been a little rough this year. Waiting for spring is part of the anticipation, but with the knowledge that wanting is not the same thing as having. So I will let nature take its time. (I also love winter ports so have been watching the Olympics in Sochi…ice skating is a favorite.) “A Time To Reflect” in winter does indeed give writers a time to reflect. All of the other elements a snowy winter provides in abundance, you have captured well. This is such a timely hub, Mary, that reminds us to count our blessing…along with those beautiful snowflakes while they last. :-)

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      Bill De Giulio 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Mary. Love the photos. It's amazing how our perspective on things changes as we get older. As a kid I loved Winter. Today, not so much. I really don't mind the cold or the snow, it's the wind that I really don't like. Give me a sunny, 30 degree day with no wind and snow on the ground and I'm totally fine with it. Great hub. Stay warm and have a great weekend.

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      5 years ago

      When I was a kid, I loved any winter when we got a lot of snow. No, not because they'd cancel school because ours rarely did. It was just a lot of fun spending hours doing all of the things kids can do in the snow. I still don't mind the snow, but I hate the cold. Even in a normal winter, it seems I get colder every year. However, that gives me the perfect excuse to stay inside and curl up with a good book.

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      JS Matthew 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Ah, good ole winter! We had a lot of rain where I live in MA but my in-laws who live an hour and a half north of us got like 2 feet! Love your photos. Spring is almost here! Very interesting facts about winter. Up and shared!


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      5 years ago from london

      Well Tilly.

      I do not do so well with winter. Not too bad at times in London, but I feel it elsewhere. Still, I do not doubt the beauty and joy in what you show and say. Hard for the Siberians, I guess, but the Finns break the ice and swim. Funny old world. Thanks Sis.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      5 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Mary, your fantastic hub brought back memories of my siblings and I as kids who so enjoyed winter and the snow. Snow forts, snowball fights, sledding, snowmen, fox and geese game -- it was so joyful. Mom always had the furnace turned up high so when we came in, all our clothes went on the folding racks set over the big floor vent. How she managed to keep all seven of us dry and warm is also another good memory... the cocoa and toast tasted so great when coming inside. I still love winter but do not tolerate the cold much now, still ... that first snowfall of winter is so magical.

      Thanks for writing this magical hub and sharing the beautiful photos.

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      5 years ago from Spain

      Hi Tilly mint.

      I find the older I get the more I dread the onset of winter with the cold dark days and nights, at least in Spain it´s not as bad as the UK and is over and done with much quicker. The last 2 winters here have been hard as we are having constant gales almost on a daily basis, once they start that´s it. I do love snow though and get quite excited when it´s forecast. Loved you photo´s Tilly and am amazed at the colours of the birds in America, nice to see you look after them so well in your garden.

      Keep well my dear and stay in the warm drinking your hot chocolate :)

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      Frank Atanacio 

      5 years ago from Shelton

      Til, I love the winter activities.. I just don't like driving in the snow.. sledding is fun.. hiking across snowed terrain..Love it.. the photos you posted here are magical.. the birds mostly.. voted tolerate winter because of the driving conditions.. but I actually love it

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      Faith Reaper 

      5 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, wow, dear Mary, this is such a beautifully written hub filled with your amazing photos of winter and those lovely ones in November too!

      I just love all of your thoughts and suggestions for enjoying the winter. Plus, those facts are very interesting, especially the one about snowflakes all having six sides, but no two are alike!

      This year, here in the deep south, it has been an unusual one! A couple of weeks ago, we had several inches of snow and ice. It was so beautiful, but the ice, we are just not prepared for here. It stayed on the ground about three days, so we enjoyed staying warm and snuggling during the ice days. They did not anticipate the ice and snow going as far north as it did, so people wound up being stranded on the Interstate, taking over 11 hours to get home or longer, and unable to pick up their children from school! The schools did take great care of the students overnight, and that was a first! Then just yesterday another winter storm came through, but they were more prepared and the streets were prepared before it hit. I woke up this morning with the ground covered in snow, but as soon as sun came up, it melted and travel was safe once again.

      I do not mind the cold, as long as it is a sunny day, but those overcast dreary days get wearisome after awhile.

      Up and more and sharing.


      Faith Reaper

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      5 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Hi Tilly: Mostly dislike winter: we don't get pretty ones, just dismal grey damp days and this year...awful! Half the country is flooded.

      Lovely pics. The Cardinal is one of my most loved birds, but we don't get them here, I used to have them in my garden in Mexico.

      Voted accordingly.


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      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you for all the great photos as each brought memories of snow and my childhood winter wonderlands. I miss them. Cool factoids to start off. I love the cold but I never have liked the shorter days, oh well. Great Hub, thank you much Mary.

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      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      While I agree with most of what you've said, I've never been a fan of the cold. I love the beauty of it but .... thanks for being here first and glad you enjoyed.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm one of those rare birds that loves winter. I love all the seasons and what they represent to life. Complaining about the snow and cold is like complaining about life and I just don't get it. Experience it...find joy in it...we only get one shot at this life. Loved this one, Mary!


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