The Unbending Beauty of Winter

Winter is the most honest of seasons. It can be beautiful and brutal in equal measures. If you accept it for what it is, it becomes your friend, your lover even. But if you insist that it playact, be anything other than what it is, you will be bitterly, brutally thwarted. Because, amid all its icy beauty, Winter never fails to tell the truth.

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“My old grandmother always used to say, ‘Summer friends will melt away like summer snows, but winter friends are friends forever.’”
~George R.R. Martin

“No animal, according to the rules of animal etiquette, is ever expected to do anything strenuous, or heroic, or even moderately active during the off-season of winter.” ~Kenneth Grahame

“I think of you. Sometimes. In the way that one might think of the summer sunshine on a winter night.”
~Sreesha Divakaran

I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape – the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show.”
~Andrew Wyeth

In the middle of winter I at last discovered that there was in me an invincible summer.” ~Albert Camus

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, ‘Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.’”
~Lewis Carroll

“He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth,’ and to the rain shower, ‘Be a mighty downpour.’ So that those he has made may know his work, he makes them cease from their labor. The beasts enter their lairs and settle in their dens, the tempest comes out of its chamber, and the cold, driving winds. Whether to punish or to water the earth, he accomplishes all in His loving devotion.” ~Job 37:6-13

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54 Responses to The Unbending Beauty of Winter

  1. My favorite time of year! ❄️

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  2. Beautiful pic’s but they make me cold just looking at them. Don’t like winter.

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  3. I read the first quote and thought, “Mitch, you’ve just described God.”
    Awesome pictures. So many of them reminded me of winters in Northern Michigan. (Our first two winters there were the two harshest of the century.)

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  4. I used to relish winter, but I got over it. (In spite of my seemly poem about winter earlier this month.)

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  5. Mark Johnson says:

    Profoundly beautiful images, but I’ve become a desert rat. I don’t miss the cold, ice and snow.

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  6. trE says:

    Winter is truly one of my favorite seasons.

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  7. Erika says:

    That’s so true and only about 10 years ago I discovered the magical beauty of winter and the often hidden treasures for the superficial eye. Winter holds it all. Great photos, Mitch!

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  8. Nancy says:

    Winter can be magical if we just go with it and seek the wonder in it. Beautiful photos!

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  9. Pam Webb says:

    And this goes with my post about how winter is so SAD. Did you post the squirrel in tribute to National Squirrel Day?

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  10. Wonderful pictures. I would love to visit Chicago in winter, with some warm clothes of course. I think Bridport is the closest to where i live in those pictures. We have only had frost, iced up cars and frozen bird baths so far this winter.

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  11. joyroses13 says:

    What beautiful photos!

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  12. I love winter in the Canadian Rockies. The most spectacular season of the year, with lots of fun activities.
    Great pics – especially the one with the open car door!

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  13. ejstoo says:

    Winter can get a little cold in Canada. Pictures are lovely. Reality is a little less pleasant 😉 Like the idea of honest…honesty.

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  14. Michael Sammut says:

    Beautiful images. I am a winter person, even though our winters are nothing like this 🙂

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  15. gregoryjoel says:

    I lived in Colorado for several years and fell in love with winter. Then I moved home to North Texas. Winters here are different to say the least. This year has been the strangest year weather-wise. We have a rollercoaster of temps – 75 for 2 or 3 days and below freezing for 2 or 3 days. The farm doesn’t know what to do!

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  16. hintsoflife says:

    Beautiful pictures! Love everything about the post😊

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  17. #hood says:

    can you add verse 11 to that chapter
    how many does job 12 has
    verses 6-13 is the mention

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  18. I had been pondering this exact sentiment the other day while photographing bits of winter interest. Some think this season is blah white but upon closer introspection, it is actually quite lovely and makes up in texture, shade and shadows for what it lacks in color. And as you say, it is a very honest season. 🙂 Thank you for sharing the intriguing photos!

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  19. Mike says:

    Each season has its own beauty. When the trees lose their leaves, you can appreciate the beauty of the bare limbs.

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  20. Ananda says:

    Such stark beauty in these pictures

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  21. Read this several times over! If you accept… “it becomes your friend, your lover even.” Good stuff🙌🏼❄️

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  22. pastorpete51 says:

    Beautiful photos, I especially like the cardinal. Here in Florida Winter means that our few icy mornings kick off the sprinklers on the strawberry fields. They are ready for harvest and the subsequent icy coating protects them from temps below 32. The famers say it makes the berries a little sweeter too. Have a blessed winter weekend Mitch!

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  23. Beautiful photographs, and I love the quote from Lewis Carroll.

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  24. Winter makes my heart so happy!! Love this! Thank you!

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  25. I love the George R.R. Martin quote. I’m grateful to have some “winter” friends. 🙂

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  26. Really nice pictures! Thanks for the post.

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  28. Gary Fultz says:

    I referenced this post on my blog if that’s ok Mitch…I was inspired a different direction. But winter here is really cold right now.

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  29. GP says:

    You’ve made me miss a snow covered winter all the more than usual. These pictures are fantastic!

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  30. It’s beautiful. Loved it🥰

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