Winter in Missouri can be a pretty drab time considering most of the undeveloped landscape in the state is either farmland or deciduous forest. Even in spite of that I find the bleak winter landscape enjoyable. I like the change from the almost baroque greenery of the spring and summer months to the more muted browns, greys and yellows. One exception to the rule is waterways, or at least the one near my house. In the cold of winter, the water typically becomes clearer and more blue.

The winter landscape can be messy, especially in forested areas hit hard by the ice storms of recent years, but it can also be more interesting with the foliage no longer hiding the contents of the forest from view.

Probably the most annoying thing about winter is scraping frost off my windshield in the morning. I absolutely hate that!