|Brrrr! Could there be some trillium sleeping underneath these frozen, decaying leaves? Perhaps...|
Winter should not be considered as only negation and destruction. It is a secret and inward working of powers, which in spring will burst into visible activity.Now is about the time of year when many of us grow weary of cold temperatures, icy streets, and landscapes painted in drab shades of brown. Although its glittering beauty can be breathtaking, as a whole the winter season tends to be a test of endurance as we push through the cold, dark, and dismal days toward the thawing and greening of spring.
~Henry James Slack, The Ministry of the Beautiful
However, it is worth remembering that unseen beneath the frozen ground or within the bare branches and shrubs, spring flowers and tender green leaves are forming, waiting for warmer days to cue their emergence. When we look at the brown, seemingly dead scenery around us, this simple shift in perspective can help us to see with wonder and hope, rather than dejection and mourning.
Notice that the quote above isn't speaking explicitly of nature... this perspective can be extrapolated to those cold, dark, and dismal winter seasons of life as well. Even in these times, there are flowers forming beneath the seemingly dead surface of life, waiting to bloom and bring with them warmer and brighter days.
If you need to warm back up to the winter season (after all, Thoreau did say to "Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.") then take a look at the Outdoor Photographer photos in the link below. These masterfully composed images will thaw your imagination and leave no doubt of the magic occurring beneath the blanket of snow and ice.
Quiet Landscapes: Winter images that capture the contemplative nature of the season. https://t.co/gQjhYvelZp pic.twitter.com/4oZrd7doUW— Outdoor Photographer (@OutdoorPhotoMag) December 27, 2016