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Photo essay: Finding warmth in the midst of cold winters


I have somewhat mixed feelings when it comes to winter. There are moments when I wish it would just end, due to the uncomfortable moments it can bring. 

These moments include:

1. Waking up in the morning and going outside, only to find yourself surrounded by darkness and the cold wind 

2. Waiting for unreliable public transportation when it’s -20 degrees and windy, for 25 to 30+ minutes (we’ve all been there) 

3. Walking ever so slowly and carefully on the street so you don’t slip on black ice

Despite moments like these, I am also reminded that I experience the coziest moments that cannot be replicated in any other season. Seeing blankets of snow sparkle on the ground and on the trees, drinking hot cocoa after shoveling heaps of snow on your driveway, spending your time indoors cooking warm and hearty meals as you look out your window to see the snow fall are moments I live for.

I wanted this photo essay to depict just that — finding those warm and cozy moments during a season that has its dreary ones. I hope that as you look through these photos, you are reminded of the beauty that lies within the seemingly gloominess.

All photos were captured in Canada between 2015 and 2020.

All photos are my own unless otherwise indicated.

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Ramona Leitao is the previous managing editor of Youth Mind. When not writing, or taking photos, you’ll find her baking her signature baguettes while crying to Studio Ghibli soundtracks.

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