I am not really sure that here in the UK, especially towards the south, we can say we are having a proper winter. We are yet to see snow and the frosty mornings are few aand far between, but there is something about winter that really makes me enjoy getting out and about even more. Maybe its the smell in the air, the crisp wind, the mud (I do love mud), or perhaps the stillness of everything. Through the spring summer and autumn the countryside and even many towns and cities are alive with various animals, birds, mice, rabbits, etc even people tend to be out more during those months, but in the winter, many people tend to semi-hibernate, keeping indoors in the warmth, enjoying sitting by a fire reading a book and just enjoying a slower pace of life.
Though my health has been wavering lately, I can still get out and about for the short walks my dogs require. The older two prefer only half an hour a day, they aren't fond of the cold weather and tend to stiffen up somewhat, and Serendipity can only take around 45 minutes now before her hips start giving her trouble, but we can do a nice slow walk with her so she can run around, have a good sniff and just enjoy the company of my kids, who also love winter. Especially my youngest, she loves playing in icy puddles, shoving her hand through the mist created by her hot breath as it enters the cold air and feeling a biting winter wind on her cheeks. Like myself she loves winter walks and it is usually her that accompanies me out with Serendipity.
We had a slightly frosty morning last week and so we decided to get out and enjoy it, though it was beginning to melt with the rising sun. We aim to get out earlier next time, but I have some winter photos you may enjoy
Dog Trainer, animal lover, artist and photographer