I used to be a bit down on winter. The short days are still a trial, but increasingly I'm finding reasons to LOVE winter.
In the past I heard people say how much they liked cold, crisp days, and I would think "yes, but it's still too cold for me to be happy". Well it is too cold to stand around, or sit by the water. A stroll is not that enjoyable either. But walking briskly always warms me up and that's what I love to do these days.
Yesterday's walk was a brisk 8 mile route that took in lots of pretty lake views. All of these had a frozen crust, at least in parts. They still reflected the blue of the sky beautifully though.
I remembered to take some bird food ( seeds not bread) and the simple pleasure of feeding the hungry ducks and other birds made me happy. The Mandarin Ducks were particularly stunning.
As we walked along I stopped feeling chilly, after a few miles I did not even need my gloves. Walking is great way to keep warm and when I'm warm I can truly enjoy winters beauty.
I do hope you enjoyed the pictures.
P.S. these scenes are from THIS lovely country park and the surrounding area...in case you were wondering.