Those of you who know me (even through this blog) have most definitely never heard me use the words 'wonderful' and 'winter' in the same sentence. I complain about winter on a fairly regular basis. I'm a nature girl at heart, and it's just not desirable (or even possible most of the time) to be outside during the winter months here in the Chicago area. It's beyond depressing, if we're being honest. This year in particular has really been horrendous - not just here, but throughout the majority of the U.S. Just take a quick glance at your Instagram feed, your blog reader, or your Facebook page, and you're bound to see complaints galore about this craptastic winter we're having right now.
Rather than waste more of my energy ranting about my hatred toward winter, I decided that it's time to take the positive route. I hunted down some really beautiful wintertime images, and used them to remind myself that the most disliked of all seasons can actually be pretty wonderful sometimes. When I lived in Colorado, I remember thinking that winter there was the most beautiful season I'd ever experienced. And although it will never look like that (or, let's face it, like any of these images) where I live now, it does look like this somewhere, which is good enough for me. You'll never be my best friend, most freezing and colorless of seasons, but you definitely have your merits if given a chance. And, as these images prove, you can be quite stunning too.