The Changing Seasons: February 2016

This is the final month of deep winter in New England — but we have had a rather gentle winter. Only two snows of any significance. We’ve had terribly hard winters for the past few years, so I can’t begin to express how pleased I am to not have one this year.

February has been a mixed bag. Several weeks of a snowy landscape, as lovely as a picture postcard or a Currier and Ives print.

Otherwise, plain naked trees and gray skies. A world waiting for spring.


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Spring is a month in the future. Technically. It could yet snow. Winter could have a “last stand,” a last frigid final week of below zero temperatures. But I think not.

By late February, even if we should get snow, it doesn’t stay long — and rarely does the mercury dip much below freezing. The world has moved around the sun. The planetary tilt says “spring.” It will come.


The birds are gradually returning. Soon, we’ll see a robin and won’t that be lovely.

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  1. Loved your photos. We, too, have had an abnormal winter thanks to El Nino. Despite far less snow than the usual (at least a lot less than the past few years), I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of Spring!


    • That was one very cold week. We’ve had maybe three really cold weeks, but the rest of the time, it has been more like spring than winter. A nice balance between winter and not-winter this year 🙂


  2. Beautiful scenery with the snow. We’ve had our fair share of plain naked trees and gray skies too this winter, but soon it’s early spring and I’m really looking forward to it.


  3. Picture postcard winter images – love your robin. Here, it is still very hot – a very long hot summer this year for us – around the 90’s everyday and 50% humidity – very uncomfortable. Now it is slowly getting cooler at night – so we can finally sleep again.


  4. You and I are on the same page when it comes to really appreciating a mild winter after the last couple of years!!

    In one of those quirks of the jet stream, New England has received more snow this year than we have in Toronto … but your spring comes earlier. It’ll be interesting to see what kind of spring we get this year.

    I really like the composition of the photo through the window with the corn. It’s that pretty little bottle sitting in the window that gives it … *something* 🙂

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    • My kitchen. I always keep a bunch of Indian corn there. I always have. I change them now and then … and my son gave me the little bottle a few years ago. It’s my east-facing window and I do love that light.

      This has been a charming winter … not much snow, not much bitter cold. Thank you, El Nino! May it give us TWO such years. A lifetime would be fine with me, too 🙂

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      • Amen to that!

        I grew up in a house with an east-facing kitchen and I think that will always be my favourite.
        The house I’ve lived in for the past 20+ years has a south-facing window and the light is just too strong and harsh … all. day. long.


    • I don’t think we are going to get all the way into the 70s, but the 60s are definitely within our grasp. Its so nice to NOT be up to my hips in snow! I hope this is a trend. This is the kind of winter I remember. Some snow. Some thaws. A bit more snow. Thawing. I never thought I was signing up for a life in Siberia or Finland!

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  5. Amen to Spring! I enjoyed my first Winter here, understanding that it was super mild compared to past snowfall totals. I like to break in slowly to anything that’s not breaking some century old record.


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