February hygge is all about nature. It seems every time I step outside my door this month I encounter something that inspires me, fills me with a sense of contentment, and makes me feel so very fortunate to be where I am. There have been a few rough patches this month. (Nothing serious or life threatening, so please don't worry!) Getting out and immersing myself in my surroundings has helped restore balance in the midst of those unwanted bumps. It would be impossible not to have one's spirits be lifted by scenes like these.
There is something special about fresh snow, blue sky and sunshine.
How different those mountains look in the evening light.
The cold weather last week left the rocks coated in ice.
It was special being able to share a bit of my February hygge with Alexandra last weekend.
This Red-breasted Sapsucker has been a frequent visitor to the tree behind our house. It's impossible not to smile while I watch him work his way around the tree in search of food.
This last picture was an amazing moment. I had just stepped out onto the back deck for a few minutes. The weather was crazy. It was windy and rainy and sunny all at the same time, which had me scanning the sky. Sure enough, there was a rainbow. And just as I looked up an eagle soared overhead. I would have loved to have captured that bird as it flew by, but it all happened too fast. However, I did manage to get a picture of the rainbow!
It's hard to believe it was a year ago that we first came down to look at The Cottages at Cultus Lake, and in many ways even harder to believe that I actually live here. We are at the six month mark now, and every month has been filled with surprises in terms of what our surroundings have to offer. The mountains, the trees, the lake, the wildlife - these are the things that leave me feeling that sense of contentment that is my February hygge.
"It's a privilege to live any part of one's life in proximity to nature."