No Shortage of That Going Around…
I wrote a short story in college called Whine, Woman and Song that was published in a national collegiate magazine. The more I read posts lately, the more I keep thinking of this story.
So many are singing the song of Spring and whining about Winter; and guess what, most are woman too.
This leads me to think…
Why we can’t just appreciate the season around us, knowing the next one comes along soon enough. There is beauty and interest in each passing season and maybe it just takes making something of it.
Even the sun took a few steps sideways today to poke out from behind the clouds. Things brighten up.
I happen to love winter and look forward to what it brings. Sure most days the skies are gray, but when they are not, it is absolutely breathtaking. The ice sparkles, the snow glistens and colors pop.
Appreciating a winter wonderland only takes a bit of brave to explore. More than the physical elements, it is the beauty of the experience.
Since foliage is lacking in winter, animals that would be camouflaged in summer are much easier to see. You may whine when they take a bite out of your gardens, but you have to marvel at their visit.
This winter transparency not only reveals the animals but topography as well. Disguised in summer, the hills, gullies, slopes, caves and crevasses are unveiled in form and texture, all waiting to be explored in a way only found in Winter.
Alone in the woods – but far from alone.
The features of forests lay bare the fallen leaves, bark, twigs and needles, forming a living ecosystem.
The fallen organic matter harbors nutrients, beneficial bacteria and an assortment of life. The decay of the forest allows the next generation to grow – all being prepared for spring by winter.
More benefits of snow?
- Great insulator for the garden.
- Conserves soil moisture.
- Highlights structural elements of the garden.
- Snow contains nitrogen.
- It provides needed cold stratification for seed germination.
- Snow absorbs sounds.
- Winter interest with colorful bark, twigs, conifers appear greener.
I keep saying that the most overlooked aspect of winter is the most important. It is a sense of solitude that exists only at this time of year.
Colors – the blues of winter are soothing, but don’t even get me started on the reds. Nothing says winter more than a cardinal in the snow.
So if the cold is not your thing, snuggle by the fire, gaze out the window, grab a glass of wine, and enjoy the peaceful silence of winter. You just might catch a critter grabbing a bite.
The next post, to be fair, looks at the cons of snow and winter. Even with the negatives, it is no less a pretty sight.
But, do I have a whine myself?
The cable went out for more than a day during the storm yesterday. A gripe, no. It gets you to think and do things much more important.
The photo in this post of the duck on the frozen pond is called This Bites. I was emailed this from ViewBug on winning an award, “You are a Rockstar! Your photo thisbites was selected by the judges as one of their favorite photos.” I am pretty pleased!!!