simplicity of winter

Barred Owl by Mdf/Wikimedia Commons
Barred Owl by Mdf/Wikimedia Commons

The tendinous part of the mind, so to speak, is more developed in winter; the fleshy, in summer. I should say winter had given the bone and sinew to Literature, summer the tissues and blood.

The simplicity of winter has a deep moral. The return of nature, after such a career of splendor and prodigality, to habits so simple and austere, is not lost upon either the head or the heart. It is the philosopher coming back from the banquet and the wine to a cup of water and a crust of bread.

~ John Burroughs
(Deep Woods)

10 thoughts on “simplicity of winter”

    1. It is a beautiful creature. Sadly, I learned on “The Colbert Report” that the barred owl is invading the territory of the spotted owl. Nature’s balance changing…

    1. It’s snowing again here today, Diane… Perfect weather for catching up with blogging friends, napping and letting the mind wander…

  1. Hi. Winter has taken on a new persona this year. I have moved from the ‘hate the driving’ phase to ‘perfecting hibernation’. Jane. P.S. Very nice owl… A friend of mine had a barred owl at her feeders for several days this month.

    1. It does seem to be an extraordinary winter with record amounts of snowfall and record-breaking low temperatures. Hibernation is the only sensible response! What an honor for your friend to have an owl visit her bird feeder!

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