The Winter Solstice

“We cannot stop the winter or the summer from coming. We cannot stop the spring or the fall or make them other than they are. They are gifts from the universe that we cannot refuse. But we can choose what we will contribute to life when each arrives.”     – Gary Zukavteasel16dec168647e5c8x10

“How many lessons of faith and beauty we should lose, if there were no winter in our year!”             – Thomas Wentworth Higginson

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“Kindness is like snow – it beautifies everything it covers.”     – Kahlil Gibran

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“There is a privacy about it which no other season gives you. In spring, summer and fall people sort of have an open season on each other; only in the winter, in the country, can you have longer, quiet stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself.” ― Ruth Stout

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“It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. This crisp winter air is full of it.”     – John Burroughs

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“When snow falls, nature listens.”     – Antoinette van Kleef

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“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”            ― John Steinbeck

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“Winter, a lingering season, is a time to gather golden moments, embark upon a sentimental journey, and enjoy every idle hour.”     – John Boswell

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Photos by NB Hunter; taken in Central New York in December, 2016 © All Rights Reserved.

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12 thoughts on “The Winter Solstice

  1. Simply lovely, Nick. I love the quiet of the snow. The verses were well selected and of course, the photography stunning. Love the snow around the beak of the junco, the hunkering down of a cold blue jay, the peaked interest of the mourning dove who appears quite competent and secure in himself, the curious red squirrel who popped up from his excursion in the snow and all of the other “critters” with their own personalities. The teasel is particularly artistic. Hope you are well this holiday season.

    • Wow! You really broke this post down and your detailed insights and compliments are much appreciated. As I often say, responses like yours are reason enough for blogging. I’m partial to the Cooper’s Hawk, warming in the sun on a bitterly cold morning…..something other than the daily songbird visitors. Glad you liked the post, and happy holidays Kathy!!!

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