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Learning to Appreciate Winter

I used to really hate winter. I hated being cold, I hated the lack of freedom I felt from having to be bundled up, I missed being barefooted, I thought the dull and barren landscape was ugly, I hated all the gray days, and the list could go on.

However, over the last several years, I've begun to gain a new perspective on winter. I had a friend who also loved the outdoors tell me that all seasons have their beauty and that we should never hate a season but look for what is special about it. That really made me think about my attitude. Then, in reading articles by naturalists, I was introduced to the idea of using winter to really study and learn about