There have been some years, since adopting Gorka, when I’ve slightly dreaded Winter, with the anticipation of drudging with the dog through mud, rain, darkness, cold, and the relative seasonal lifelessness of our local woods, day after day after damp, dreary day.
But the reality is never as bad as the expectation. I’ve never even minded the cold or rain that much.
And the thing that’s made Winter even more enjoyable more recently is my increasing realisation of the wildlife that does abound in what may appear to be a dead season, even in December and January, way before the obvious Spring flowers adorn our verges and woodlands.
Foe example, I was amazed to find these daffodils already in bloom on 5th January this year.
I learned since then that different varieties of daffodil emerge at different times, explaining this delightfully ultra-early appearance.
A week later, on a more-Springlike-than-wintry, sunny day, I spotted my first Celandine of the year…
…and Three-cornered Leek flowers around the same time.
On 1st February, in our local woods, these first Spring Snowflakes of the year caught my eye. I returned with my camera on 3rd Feb, to find them glistening with morning raindrops.
All this flora, not to mention fauna including foxes and migratory birds, truly light up the darker days for me and put a pre-Spring spring in my step.
There’s so much to love about Winter!
Thank you Nature, Earth, Flowers and God for your gifts.
(All photos taken by me, but not copyright – i.e. feel free to use them, with my blessing!)
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