11 Images That Remind Us Why We Love Winter



Winter is the season people like to complain about the most, but it has long been my favorite time of year. The lyrics by Tori Amos for her song, “Winter” sum it all up for me:

“Snow can wait
I forgot my mittens
Wipe my nose
Get my new boots on
I get a little warm in my heart
When I think of winter
I put my hand in my father’s glove
I run off
Where the drifts get deeper
Sleeping beauty trips me with a frown
I hear a voice
“Your must learn to stand up for yourself
Cause I can’t always be around”
He says”

—Tori Amos


Image via Flickr User 55Laney69

Because winter isn’t always snow and ice; sometimes it’s fog through bare tree branches, like in Oregon and Washington in the Pacific Northwest.


Image via Flickr User Mt. Hood Territory

Because anyone who thinks you can’t have fun outdoors at night in the winter has never bonfired with friends.


Image via Flickr User LaliMaisrera

Because simplicity highlights the bones of what really matters and makes it easier to see it all more clearly.


Image via Flickr User Victoria Henderson

Because sweaters are awesome, and even more so when they are keeping you warm inside when it’s cold outside.


Image via Flickr User Dale Calder

Because winter sunsets are so sweet, and because they turn the snow every color of blue as the yellow solar rays alight upon it.


Image via Flickr User 55Laney69

Because snow at night is magic.


Because the sunset on snow reminds you that there are colors in this world you didn’t know existed.

Image via Flickr User Sergey Pomanarov


Image via Flickr User Alison Curtis

Because there’s no cozier time to snuggle up with your cats, your companion (or just your comforter), than a winter’s eve.


Image via Flickr User Luftholen.

Because winter beach fires are especially important for mental health in the darkest days.

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Image via Flickr User Nickolas A. Tonelli 



Via Flickr User Peggy2012CreativeLens

Because a blazing fireplace warms cold feet in the most delicious way imaginable.

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Starre Vartan is founder and editor-in-chief of and the author of the Eco-Chick Guide to Life. She's also a freelance science and environment writer who has published in National Geographic, CNN, Scientific American, Mental Floss, Pacific Standard, the NRDC, and many more. She lives on an island in Puget Sound with her partner and black cat. She was a geologist in her first career, and still picks up rocks wherever she goes.