Winter in the Pacific Northwest can often be cold, wet, and dreary. Then January arrives with cold crisp clear skies.
Today it was oddly warm out... Close to 50*F. Which is not normal for us. So my daughter and I decided to take a walk and I grabbed my camera before we went. I am glad I did. I love being outside. In the summer it is hard to keep me inside. If the sun is shining, I am outside gardening, pulling weeds, planting flowers, or even mowing the lawn. I love it. And I was so glad that today's weather offered warmer tempts to allow us to explore and enjoy the PNW.
The colors of winter are so beautiful too. The moss comes alive and the bark on many bushes and branches become a vibrant red that I love to photograph against.
While on our walk I found some branches that had come down from the wind and had these beautiful little dainty pine cones on them. Instead of leaving them there, I decided to bring them home and put them on the newly refurbished farm table my husband just finished.
I love bringing the outdoors inside. I almost purchased some tulips today from the store. And I am glad I didn't. The winter foliage on my table brings an even bigger smile to my face.
So go enjoy the outdoors. Grab your camera, your phone, your kiddos, and venture outside and capture the beauty that surrounds you.