We have had a few snow falls throughout New England over the past week. The majority of New England, now has snow on the ground. It’s mid-December and the leaves that were blanketing the ground are now gone for the year. Hidden by the new color of the season, fall is history and winter is here to stay.
I am ready for the winter this year. That is what the little voice in my mind keeps telling me. Even though last year was such a long cold winter that was then followed up by such a crappy, cold rainy spring.
I was thinking a bit on how long this winter could last and came up with a simple math lesson. From today until March 17th ( St Patrick’s Day) We should have about 90 days of cold winter and snow! And with the season just starting off, that is a lot of days in white.
There are many advantages of winter that I do look forward to. When there is a new snowfall on the ground, I love to take a walk through the woods. The outdoors has now taken on a totally different look. There is a fresh new canvas of color that has that refreshing look to it. Everything now seems more vivid and in focus.
I also look forward to a trip out to the frozen lake with friends and enjoy a day of ice fishing. Yes I do enjoy that form of torture. If there is no wind blowing and the fish are biting, it is always a great time. The fire is burning and the kielbasa, hot dogs, burgers, chili pot and storytelling will do a good job of keeping everyone content.
There are countless ways to enjoy the new season that has now become part of the landscape. From skiing, snow shoeing, ice skating or snowmobiling; the options are plentiful. If your a person that just don't like the cold, what about a trip to the museum? I have a few personal goals this winter that include going to three art museums that I have never been to before.
Another thing I always enjoy about the winter months is the beautiful skies in the evenings. Winter can have more cloudy days than at any other time of the year. The advantage of cloudy days is at sunset, you can see more fantastic colored sunsets now than at any other time of the year. The richness of the sky with its gold and orange backlighting can be mesmerizing. When the sun finally sets, you still feel the warmth inside after watching a sunset like this. Same thing can be said for sunrises, a little bit of cloud cover with a brilliant red sun rise behind them highlighting the silver linings and it can be inspiring. But, if there is too much cloud cover, you get nothing.
"Live each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each"
Henry David Thoreau