Winter Scenes

Happy Winter from one of the most beautiful places in the world to celebrate this season! What an amazing few weeks it's been since I've returned home from Florida. It's snowed almost every single day the last 3 weeks! 

I will never forget when my husband and I went out to work in the Mojave Desert a few years back before pursuing our Masters degrees. I remember working in the desert was hard. The weather was extremely harsh, typically 20 degrees or colder at night and in the morning while we were making our coffee my hands would freeze. And the mid-day high reached upwards of 100 degrees Fahrenheit while we were hiking 10+ miles on a daily basis. It was crazy. We were sleeping in the beds of our work trucks every night in early March and April because snakes would crawl into our sleeping bags/tents to try to stay warm, so it was best we just slept as far off the ground as possible. You can read more about that amazing experience here

Anyway, the reason I am sharing this with you is that while I was there, I remember being extremely inspired. My digital camera broke two days into our job, so I shot only film, and painted a ton. Living and working in the desert was a very spiritual experience. Much like I've found with winter here in the north-woods. At first glance when we first moved to the desert, I thought "what animals are we going to find here?". Then as I spent my entire day and night outside, I saw so much life everywhere. Birds, snakes, lizards, tortoises, and amazing endangered flowering caucuses! I've found it to be a very similar experience with Door County in the winter. Living on the edge of the coast, the lake freezes and we are left with a quiet bright white winter-wonderland all around us. There are rarely any sounds- but occasionally the FED-EX truck will get stuck in our driveway. HA! No but seriously, we saw a small red fox crossing the bay where we live yesterday- it was AMAZING! 

It's crazy how much I used to despise winter, mostly for the cold weather, but now, I see the beauty in it. So much beauty! I am starting to understand how sitting by a fire, drinking any hot beverage, and watching the snow fall can be incredibly fulfilling!  Now I crave spending my days hiking in the snow or painting in my studio. So......it's official, I am starting to fall in love with this season called winter. I've learned no matter what season of life you are in right now, know that there is so much color and beauty all around you, you just have to slow down and drink it in.