A Winter Welcome

birch trees in snow

Birch Grove in Snow, January 2012

Dark days, short days, days of bundling up against the shiver of winds insistent on creeping down our necks and curling up our sleeves. Time to tuck the last of the bulbs into the ground, light the fire and welcome the festive season – the season of joy, of sparkling lights, of reflecting on the year almost past and, most of all, the season for expressing the love and gratitude in our hearts for those who have touched us with theirs.

In recent years, I’ve made peace with winter. With its inevitability, its inconveniences and discomforts, its melancholy moods and especially with the reasons we must have winter, and endings, at all. So I’ll embrace the respite and the chance for renewal and rebirth. As we embark along winter’s path this year, having you share the journey makes it memorable, indeed. Thank you for being here.

forest in winter

birch trees in snow

much love,

G

p. s. These images were taken in January in the Stevens Pass in Washington State. The first one we decided to use as our Christmas card this year. All are available here.

p. p. s. The holiday download will be posted soon! Very much looking forward to visiting you and seeing your holiday preparations.

41 comments


  • Ha, just spotted your post before I’m off to bed ;-) You know I always love your photos (winter certainly looks a lot better where you are than here) but this time it’s your writing that’s really “caught my eye”! Such a lovely way to describe winter. I’ve always liked having “real” seasons and I like each season for different reasons. Winter is so nice for walks when wrapped up warm, staying in with hot chocolate, cosy evenings and relative quietness… I like it. xo

    December 4, 2012
  • Maria Kallin

    Beautiful words and beautiful winter photos, such a perfect Christmas card! :)

    December 4, 2012
  • It is difficult some days, but important to embrace the challenges of winter. After all, there is a time for everything. Magical photos :)

    December 4, 2012
  • the cold and started and winter is at the door … your photos are magic!
    xo
    simonetta

    December 4, 2012
  • I’ve made peace with winter and with the changing of seasons as well Georgianna. Thank you for being there!
    Bye,
    Marian

    December 4, 2012
  • Gorgeous photos, Georgianna. So peaceful and serene.

    December 4, 2012
  • Dear Georgianna,

    Your winter wonderland photos are so beautiful and I really love the photo with the pathway through the trees.
    Stay warm and enjoy the week

    hugs
    Carolyn

    December 4, 2012
  • Your pictures are so beautiful!
    -Sylvi

    December 4, 2012
  • Son maravillosas todas tus imágenes, realmente me encantan! Saludos!!

    December 4, 2012
  • So simple, but so full of beauty! Wonderful choice for Christmas cards =)

    December 4, 2012
  • oh, i just love these images and the snow! i find a snowy path so peaceful and quietly safe. i used to have some difficulty with the grey of winter, a seasonal disorder kind of thing…probably from the lack of vitamin d from mr. sun…but i think i have grown out of it and now i embrace short grey days and their calm beauty. your photos are beautiful, g.
    erin
    xxoo

    December 4, 2012
  • So Very Very Beautiful. Winter came early here again this year . Its been awhile already.
    Hugs

    December 4, 2012
  • Igolka

    Very nice! But I liked the second pic most of all))
    Hugs and kisses~
    Olga~

    December 4, 2012
  • I haven’t made peace with winter, yet…Still, I sometimes come to enjoy the crispy cold and the bare trees. Your photos bring out all its beauty, though…
    Have a wonderful winter everyone!

    December 4, 2012
  • Love your new christmas photos. Such a pretty snowy winter. I am still waiting for snow this year :)

    December 4, 2012
  • Beautifully written and photographed, Georgianna! I have personally loved winter ever since being a kid, and still continue to bare my soul to the winds and manage a nice walk in the cold – below -20 tonight once again for us. Winter is my biggest inspiration for its lightness and whiteness, we are lucky with that.

    December 4, 2012
  • Beautifully captured Winter images – you are right it is best to embrace Winter in all her glory, the bad bits as well as the good – the wonder of it all being that Spring always follows.

    December 5, 2012
  • I love that photo in the middle.

    Making peace with winter, you say. If you live in Iceland you have to but I can’t say I’m doing so well in that department after moving abroad. All I can think about is spring, spring, spring. Luckily, I do love December. It’s one of my favourite months so I’m fine with winter right now.

    December 5, 2012
  • Ritva from Finland

    Oh, how much I love these winter photos….they really brings me the feeling that Christmas is coming soon.
    Thank you for sharing these beauties with us!

    December 5, 2012
  • What beautiful winter images! I’m looking forward to snow and cold. Now that I don’t have to leave the house every morning at the crack of dawn, I won’t mind old man winter. I just got my fireplace inspected and I’m ready for whatever comes my way!

    December 5, 2012
  • Lavender Cottage

    A winter wonderland and awesome photos. It’s snowing like the dickens here, but pretty when you’re toasty warm on the inside looking out.
    Judith

    December 5, 2012
  • Georgianna,
    you are an amazing photographer!
    These pics are absolutely fabulous, imagine the first and second in a large scale hanging in my wall.
    Have a nice day.
    Tereza

    December 5, 2012
  • G ~ your writing is a reflection of your beautiful photography ~ quiet and soft. The type of writing and photography that beckons us to curl up in cozy chair by the fire with a cup of tea and savor stillness.

    Christmas love,
    Susie ~

    December 5, 2012
  • Thanks for sharing for those beauitful pics, friend. Hope you are faring well. I’ve not been spending too much time reading blogs but yours is one I don’t like to miss. Thank you for another chance at the discount on your calendars. Hope there are a few left for this procrastinator!!

    December 5, 2012
  • I love snow!!! I miss it living here in the Pacific Northwest. Lovely shots, G. You must admit that snow makes for a prettier picture than dreary rain!

    December 5, 2012
  • Cuanta magia en tus imagenes!!
    Muchos besos!!
    Veronica.

    Los mundos de Nika vintage

    December 5, 2012
  • Dear Georgianna, your winter wonderland photos are gorgeous! :) Stay warm and enjoy the Holiday Season with your beloved ones. xo

    December 5, 2012
  • The simplicity of your photos are breathtaking…I’m wishing you a peaceful winter filled with good things! The melancholy of winter is always my challenge to overcome.

    December 5, 2012
  • Wow, what amazing photos!

    December 5, 2012
  • Dearest sweet G, i love winter…maybe because we don’t have it here. :) These are really stunning photos and i wish i am there to enjoy winter with you. Have a lovely merry happy day and love to you!

    December 5, 2012
  • What a beautiful post. Your words and photos are magical.

    Hugs~

    December 5, 2012
  • You have such a poet’s soul and voice, dear Georgianna. It shines not only through your beautiful images, but also through all of the text in your posts, and makes a visit here a true joy for the mind and eyes alike.

    I wish you a serene, cozy, lovely winter, dear friend,
    ♥ Jessica

    December 5, 2012
  • So beautiful! I’m feeling a bit “chilly” this morning! Lol

    December 6, 2012
  • Georgianna, these photos take my breath away. I was showing my husband just now these photos and then I popped on your Paris photos and those gorgeous Venice captures. You have an amazing eye, technique and a style all your own. One I love. I want to take photos like you when I grow up.

    Karen

    December 6, 2012
  • These photographs are pure magic, Georgianna.
    I too have made peace with winter. I could do without some of the sub-zero January cold, but the snow sure is pretty.
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    xo.

    December 7, 2012
  • I love winter when it’s as beautiful as in your pictures. We have snow now and it’s really pretty! :) Happy weekend dear! xo

    December 8, 2012
  • So beautiful photos, it looks like this in Sweden right now too..
    Isn’t it beautiful with snow for Christmas :)
    Hugs
    Linnea

    December 9, 2012
  • These are magical, Georgianna! I’m trying to make peace with winter, but after December, which is one of my favourite times of the year, I’m anxiously waiting for spring. I hope you are enjoying a wonderful and dreamy winter, just as it appears in these photos!
    Ada

    December 11, 2012
  • I can’t imagine living in the midst of such beauty. We’ve had temperatures in the 80′s here in Houston until just a couple of days ago. Now we’re shivering in the 40′s-50′s. This vision of cold makes me want to run for a hot chocolate!

    December 11, 2012
  • Happy Holidays Georgianna! My your beautiful photos sure get me in the Winter Spirit. It was certainly good to meet you also this year! XO Christie

    December 16, 2012
  • I know it’s easy to fantasise about your winters through these images given I don’t know what it’s like to live in a snowy winter – but I will say they do inspire me every year when we enter our summer here in the southern hemisphere to see gorgeous images of the white wonderlands! I hope to have a white festive season one year.

    December 19, 2012

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