Michael, Amelia, and I decided we needed a nature fix this past weekend. So we bundled up, packed the camera and the dogs in Walter our 1984 VW Westfalia, and headed out to the NC Arboretum for a winter walk in the woods.
I actually love the winter. Most people I know complain about the winter because it’s cold and dreary. I believe there’s nothing cozier than warming up by a fire. The brisk winter air can be rejuvenating. Taking a deep breath of cold air wakes up your lungs and body in a unique way that only frigid air can do. I love the silence of winter. There’s so much noise around us and in us. I love walking in the woods during the winter and all you can hear is the sound of your breath and the wind. Winter facilitates hibernation and reflection. There’s nothing to distract you from yourself in the winter. I think this may be why so many people suffer from seasonal depression in the winter. Winter can force you to look at parts of yourself you don’t want to look at because there’s nothing to divert your attention. It’s just cold and silent. I love it. I love going down the rabbit hole. It’s scary yet exhilarating and truly inspiring. I like living with my eyes open. Not everyone does though.
Here are some pictures that I took from our winter walk that showcase what I believe to be some of what is beautiful about winter.