The landscape around them was bleak, almost as devoid of plant life as the white sands had been.
In the winter the landscape is bleak and the house is drafty.
The fact that Mrs. Worthington's sister was playing tourist on the road for at least the next two weeks made prospects bleak for catching up with Martha's bones, at least in the near future.
She felt the sudden urge to run again, as far as she could from her past, Talia's death, the bleak future of the White God and his Guardians.
The feeling of failure settled into her bleak thoughts.
But even with those bleak thoughts swirling in her head, she felt herself slide under his spell once again.
On the bleak northward slope of the Chiltern Hills.
The surrounding country is bleak, and the coast is low.
Most of the hills are covered with trees, but the Eifel (q.v.) is a barren and bleak plateau.
The bleak and desolate heights of the Serra da Estrella and the ranges of the northern frontier are almost alpine in character, although they nowhere reach the limit of perpetual snow.
The more southerly, which is much the larger of the two portions, belongs to the bleak, mountainous region of the Frankenwald and the Vogtland, while the northern portion is hilly, but fertile.
At higher altitudes long, cold, wet winters are experienced, with so short and cold a summer between them that the bleak paramos are left uninhabited except by a few shepherds in the short dry season.
They form an interesting and bleak moorland between Cookstown and Omagh, extending north-eastward into Slieve Gallion in county Londonderry, and consist fundamentally of mica-schist and gneiss, affected by earth-pressures, and invaded by granite near Lough Fee.
Do not expect this to be a uniformly reassuring journey; it may be more of a roller-coaster ride with some rather bleak descents.