To many, winter looks bleak and flat. Nature has rolled back the welcome matt and only waits patiently for spring to return.
To me, I see the layers of winter. The snow & ice not just blanket the ground, but also covers the very food that will keep nature healthy through the long winter.
Berries covered by ice.
Seeds left on grasses.
Water still flows beneath the snow.
Burroughs of logs and mulch cover safe hiding places.
Deer and rabbit tracks criss cross the pathways. Turtles blow bubbles to protect their freezing air hole.
We had ice and snow over night. I took the opportunity to take a hike at the arboretum. Practically empty. Lots of deer and rabbit trails.
This morning Rob and I got out early with the grandparents to do a little hiking. Perfect morning to get up and put early. We started the walk on the cured grounds. Nice to see how the park has been growing and improving some of their water areas. There are now Trains in the kids area.
We found 2 caches. Even with the winter bare trees, still a challenge to find. The iPhone geocaching app is so great!
My favorite was stopping for a rest in the bird house. Go in, open all the windows and watch the birds come up to the feeders. Cardinal, blue jays, red tuft wood peckers and lots of finches.
Nap time? I think Rob needs one now.
What are you doing for fun today?
If nothing else. . . Go get outside already!!!!!