Solitude

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

As an introvert I crave solitude, a break from constant noise and activity. I grew up in Michigan. Winters in northern Michigan were the epitome of solitude. I spent winter holidays in the woods. The soft falling snow, the tingling red tinge of your cheeks, the puffs of white as you breath in the cold, crisp, air. Since moving to North Carolina there are times I long for the solitude of winter. Most winters I travel to the mountains for at least one trip to see the snow.

This photo was taken at Sugar Mountain Resort near Boone, NC. I love the simplicity of these chairs in the snow. It is as if they are resting up for the long warm months in which they will go back to work providing comfort to us all.

Fresh snow

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