While winter is not my favourite season – I reserve that designation for autumn – it ranks as second in my books. Call me Canadian, but I am a sucker for blankets of white, fluffy snow stretching across open fields, or heaped like giant scoops of ice cream on the branches and boughs of fir trees. I enjoy the cold, too. I find it ivigorating to walk briskly through the chill, filling my lungs with fresh, clean air with each breath.
More than anything, though, I love winter sunlight. It lends sparkle and depth and shadow to an otherwise monochromatic landscape. It is almost otherworldly: crystalline and pure. When it shines through tall, snowy trees as the sun is setting or rising, the light is even more dazzling and dramatic: a distant sun showing off for us, refusing to be forgotten. Perhaps because winter light is so rare, I impart a certain value to it. The shorter days are made more precious by virtue of their early demise.
The next time you take your dog for a walk, or venture outdoors on a snowy day promise me that you will pause for a moment to notice the light as it shines through bare branches or illuminates the sky or snowbank, casting a subtle palette of pink and blue and orange across its canvases.
Andrew Ritchie is the creator of Martha Moments, a blog devoted Martha-Stewart related content and her community of supporters. He lives and works in Toronto, Canada, and has been a longtime friend of Brent & Josh, Beekman 1802 and Sharon Springs. Each week he’ll scour the world (wide web) to find the 5 most beautiful things to inspire you. Follow Andrew on Pinterest.