There is something about an upstate winter that can challenge the most cheery among us. Sometimes it feels like one over-cast day blends into another, and the cold takes on this damp character that clings to you when you venture out. Yet there is beauty in these cold, dark days. Like this colored sky that happens a lot, even in the middle of the day something to do with the winter sun fighting against thick snow clouds. It can be lovely, it also makes my photos a bit richer somehow, like these pictures of one of our spring cockerels.
It is winter. It is time to slow down, even the chickens do it. They lay less, and cuddle up with each other, sleeping much more then they do in the summer. There is no reason we should not do the same.