During a recent trip to my hometown in Ottawa, Canada, I took some snaps of the gorgeous winter landscape to share. It's my hope that people who live in snowy climes and struggle with the prospect of snowy days may find some charm and loveliness in the fluffy white stuff.
My parents frequently take the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors during the winter months. They are shown above hiking along the road to their cabin.
Red berries on this tiny shrub assail the mostly colourless backdrop and pop out at the viewer. Without snow to accentuate them, they may not look quite as enticing. This specimen didn't lose its leaves - and thankfully so! The variegated green patterns look stunning when heaped with a generous helping of snow. Ornamental grasses, pale and stunted in the winter gloom, take on the effect of fireworks when dappled with a touch of white.This bench, sitting lonely in my parents' backyard, still retains some element of its romantic charm and magic when shrouded in snow A farmer's old cedar fence in rural Ontario (much like the ones Martha imported from Canada for her farm in Bedford) looks like it belongs on a holiday postcard.
A series of coniferous trees - big and small - demonstrate the importance of planting trees with the seasons in mind. Coniferous trees (such as spruce, pine and cedar) lend depth, weight and structure to a winter landscape.
You can see the contrast between the grove of coniferous trees on my parents' property and the somewhat anemic maple, which loses some of its majesty during the winter.
The frozen lake takes on the effect of a blank canvas. Just three months ago this image would have been a painterly array of blues, yellows, reds and greens. It is now a pristine scene of stillness. (This is not a black and white image, by the way, which shows you just how desaturated the landscape becomes this time of year.)