Winter is an intense season for me. Feeling the low temperatures and high winds are not my favorite experiences. My Ayurvedic dosha (body type) is mainly Pitta, which means I am not fond of extreme heat or extreme cold. But there is a special seasonal beauty surrounding the trees’ bare limbs, the white snow, and the blast of cold that hits you in the face.
Above is a photo from the door to our balcony. The early morning light grabbed my attention when I first walked into the living room. The sun seems more intense than in the summer sky.
Also, the bare trees, mentioned above, have a certain appeal to me, like “sentrees” standing guard over the winter landscape. I took this photo from inside our condo gym with a large picture window. This is about 8 am in the morning, just as the sun hit the treetops:
Here is the same area, closeup. The leafless limbs covered with the latest sprinkling of snow is quite lovely, I think, as the trees stand tall in winter, saving their strength for the coming of spring.
Perhaps the happiest part of the solstice for me is that while December 21st will be the shortest day of the year, we can start to see the days becoming longer again. In addition to the cold weather, especially at night, I dislike the darkness starting before I even think about what to make for dinner!
Of course, the evergreens are still in full garb in the winter, losing some of their needles all year long but never becoming “naked,” so this final photo of the pool area in back of our condo shows that not all the trees are bare. The greens among the bare limbs are a welcome respite from the barren landscape in winter.
Have a Safe & Serene Solstice Celebration!