Sometimes I forget that I live in the middle of beauty. Either I take it for granted, or I find myself cursing the fact that I live in rural Alberta during the wintertime. Truly, I am not a fan of winter. I don't like driving on treacherous icy roads, I don't like having to use my blow dryer to defrost the sliding door to the deck, and I don't like having to scrape the ice off my car windows after a long day of teaching in class. And that's just a preliminary list of things that I don't like about winter!
But there are moments that make me stop and simply marvel at how beautiful the world can be in the winter, especially up in chilly Alberta.
The other day, when exiting my school to go scrape my car windows and start it up for 15 minutes before I can even contemplate leaving the parking lot, I noticed this tree:
|A beautiful tree covered in winter hoarfrost.|
We'd been suffering the last few days with light mists of freezing rain, which had been icing the roads with a slick sheen of black ice, causing accidents, late arrivals, and other problems. All we'd been doing in the staff room that week was cursing the freezing rain, and I hadn't noticed until that moment what else the rain had been doing. It had been making magic!
|Branches coated with delicate crystals|
|A baby spruce coated with snow.|
|Frozen berries adorn a frost-covered branch|
To me, seeing my breath in the air was a sign of the cold winter months to come, and something that I abhorred rather than marveled at. After listening to another perspective, I now smile when I see my frozen breath crystallize before me in the air. It is somewhat magical.
Another great part about Albertan winters are the fun activities that come with the snow! Typically, I have to be drug outside and into the cold (I would rather be curled up by the fireplace with a snug blanket around me), but once outside, it can be super fun! My activities of choice include cross-country skiing, snowboarding, and building things out of snow.
|Enjoying some cross-country action at my parents' farm|
|The frosty view from my parents' front yard!|
|Oh no! The quincy collapsed! (Not really)|
|I barely fit into the quincy - next time we'll make it bigger!|
|My cat, Mortigan, does not like the quincy - maybe because we grabbed him off the warm bed to test it out!|
What do you find magical about winter? What makes you stop in the middle of your day to say, "Wow, now that's beautiful!"