Currently it’s raining…a far cry from the winter scenes I’m posting here. All the snow is gone and with all the moisture we’ve had lately, everything is green, green, green. Yay! But, it wasn’t that long ago that we didn’t think we’d ever see spring or green grass again. I was asked to submit some photos for a couple different projects recently and was going through files to edit. I kept coming back to these. Our winter was characterized by tons of snow, followed by freezing rain, then more snow. This happened over and over again.
I remember this particular day when I was able to get outside. The sun was shining and the sky was blue—even if there was still three feet of snow on the ground. This winter was a doozy, but there is beauty in all the whiteness too. I know I really appreciate the other seasons after the barrenness of winter.
Each morning I could hear the noise of the tractors as they were warmed up, then driven into the pastures to deliver hay. The cattle carved pathways in the snow as they plodded through the drifts to and from water and feed. Every morning we woke up to yet another blanket of white, covering up the paths, yet they never quite disappeared. The snow was up past my knees as I captured most of these images. In fact, as I look at them I notice that the six-wire barbed wire fence only has the top three wires showing…so much snow. It was a winter we won’t soon forget. I’m hoping Mother Nature decides that was enough too. ;0)
It’s a lot easier to look at these images now and appreciate their beauty. Isn’t that the way it is with most of life? As you’re going through the hard stuff, all you can think about is how to get to the other side of it. We’re always looking for something better, especially if we’re in a hard season. I catch myself doing this sometimes, more times than I would like. I need to embrace the season I’m in wholeheartedly. I’m not saying it’s always easy, but there is beauty in all seasons. We might just have to look a little harder for it.