Good morning! The winter cold and snow is about to make its return this week and like many school children I am awaiting news of a snow day so that I can get out and do a little snow shoeing.
Although Summer is the favorite season of many, for me it is Fall and Winter a close second. I love long walks with the leaves or snow crunching under my feet. The stark silhouettes of nature offer so much to see if you only pause to take it in.
|A Cardinal, a Woodpecker and unidentified bird.|
This past weekend while visiting family we took a leisurely 6 mile walk in the cold and at times driving snow along the Illinois Prairie Path.
The trail was vacant unlike other weekends, perhaps the snow kept them away, whatever the case it was nice to have it all to ourselves. Three generations of women meandering along, pausing to listen to the stream trickle over the rocks and to ponder a pile of branches and wonder if they were collected by a few beaver to increase the size of their dam.
We discovered the "perfect" Christmas tree, and flopped in the snow to make snow angels just as we did when we were children.
We laughed, told stories, made up games, and wondered about the forks in the road of life.
By the end we were breathless not only from the walk but from the simple beauty of the winter landscape.
After a stop at our new favorite store(more tomorrow) for a snack and a few new books
we arrived to these two just waking from their "long winters nap."
Are you a nature lover? Do you enjoy the wonders of winter or do you pine for sunny, summer days? Stay warm today wherever you are and have a beautiful day!