Appreciating a Winter Wonderland

Winter has definitely arrived in Michigan! In my area we’ve received nearly 10 inches of snow in just a few days and we’re expecting more in the next 24 hours. Whiteout conditions, heavy wind and slippery roads can be some of the worst factors in winter. This all has me wanting to throw a tantrum like a 3-year-old.

It’s definitely my least favorite season. I abhor winter, always have. I don’t adjust to the cold well and don’t enjoy being out in it for long periods of time. I’d gladly trade snowy streets for sandy beaches! Basically, I’m a big baby when it comes to winter and suffer through it every year, counting down the days until warmer weather.

However, there’s another side of the coin. Snow and ice can be extremely beautiful, especially when it has been untouched by man.

IMG_5847I chose to go out on the snowy roads with my other half in the early hours of the morning to snap some photos. This is really the first snowfall of the season, and the fluffy powder lined the tree branches, making them look delicate and glistening. Elsa has nothing on this!

The snow also makes some wildlife easier to spot, like deer, turkey, and some birds of prey.

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Even the drab gray skies don’t necessarily make a bad photo, as long as you have some contrasting features. Water is one of those features that can really make winter pictures pop.

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The other thing that’s unique about winter is the stillness. If you go outside in an underpopulated area, you’ll know what I mean. It’s intensely quiet, especially in sheltered and wooded places. You don’t really find the same type of serenity in any other season.

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If you live in an area that gets snowfall, maybe next time you have the chance, get in your car, turn the heat on full blast and brave the roads (carefully!) to admire the scenery. If winter is good for anything, this is it.

—K

About Karin

Journalist, singer, reader, movie fanatic, photography buff, GVSU alum, wanna-be-Brit, Crohn's fighter, Coca-Cola addict, animal lover, not a kid person, hater of winter, Michigander
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