As the season changes from fall to winter, the lack of daylight hours affect us in ways that we might not immediately notice. Trees lose their leaves and grass loses it’s green color when their daylight is shortened and they go into a dormant state. Animals also go into a semi-dormant state as some hibernate and others, like my Chihuahuas, sleep most of the winter days away. And we humans have our own form of winterizing.
Even here on the Northern California Coast where there isn’t a huge change between seasons, there is a meloncholy feeling and a great urge to just stay inside, drink a nice cup of hot tea or coffee and maybe curl up with a book under a warm blanket. Bones and muscles seem a little more stiff and sore even warming next to a crackling fire.
Winter is a time of rest and even a time of reflection. It’s a time to slow down, look inside of our souls and create expressions of our creative side.
I love to walk along the headlands, stop and stare out into the vast horizon of the Pacific Ocean. It inspires the artist in me and gives me an appreciation of the magnificent world around me. This great Earth that continues to spin, tilt, and rotate around the sun never ceases to be an endless supplier of inspiring thought. Winter is my season to create because it’s when I’m able to slow down and appreciate all that I have seen, touched, heard, smelled, and tasted throughout the year.