Thursday, February 18, 2016

8 Collections of Gorgeous Winter Landscape Photos

One of the first steps every morning for me is to check The Weather Network and find out the  temperature for the day. Since I walk to work,  in a frigid Canadian winter it's wise to be prepared. 

Seeing that my hike today would be happening in a bone-numbing -17°C, I suited up and headed out into the prettiest morning I think I've experienced this winter.  Sunlight twinkled off frosted tree branches and the white blanket of snow covering the ground below glistened.  Though the crisp air burned the lungs initially, there was an invigorating freshness to it, waking up my senses and enlivening my brain.

It was the kind of morning that reminded me winter really isn't all bad. Not to say that I'm not eager for spring, but I did have a moment's appreciation this day for the value of living in an area where there are four distinct seasons — even if each can suffer a little bit of an identity crisis from time to time.

Seeing the value in three of them has always been easy for me. The receding snow free patches of grass,  buds breaking though soil,  tiny verdant buds appearing on naked tree limbs are spring's promise of rebirth. The flowers, the sun, the heat of summer warm body and soul.  The colours and new freshness to the air are autumn's final hurrah.

But winter's arrival always leaves me feeling needy, sombre and sad.  It's difficult to look at the starkness, feel the cold and be weighted under layers of clothing and not miss all of the beauty of the other seasons.

And then a morning such as the one experienced today arrives and I can feel that little spark of enthusiasm again. How brilliant is the world around when a cheerful sun meets a pristine carpet of white.

So to give winter a little respect, I thought it would be nice to offer a few photo collections of it at its best:

iPHOTOS.com Winter Landscape Photos

Clipart.com Winter Landscape Photos

Acclaim Images Winter Landscape Photos

ClickArt Online Winter Landscape Photos

Stunning Winter Landscape Photos by Chip Phillips

National Geographic's Winter Landscapes

20 Photos of Winter Landscapes

 50 Gorgeous Winter Landscapes
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