I had never really planned on doing a post strictly on photography. There are so many tremendous photographers that I follow with such AMAZING pictures, that I have always been hesitant to do a “picture post”. 🙂
But when Karen, from Fill Your Own Glass, shared a couple of pictures of a sunset and palm trees from where she lives on the coastal south east United States from her old iPhone 4, I was blown away on how beautiful they were (and a bit envious of those palm trees) and commented that to her. She replied “that she would love to go trouncing around in the snow”. So this is for you Karen. Grab your hiking boots, and let’s go for a leisurely trounce in the snow, just outside the village where I live. And anyone else who would like to join us, please feel free to come along. 🙂
On the one side of my village is forest, some is in private ownership, and some is what is known as County Forests. Much of it has been replanted in pine plantation, with pockets of hardwood forest like what is found in My Secret Valley, a 15 minute walk through the pine re-plantation, and there are also some fields that are regenerating themselves with trees, seeding themselves from the nearby forests.
I love the stillness in the forests in the winter, but even then, nature provides it’s own sounds unique to winter. When it is very cold, particularly in the hardwood forests, the branches will crack and pop. Then there is the younger beech nut trees. The mature trees completely lose their leaves in the fall, just like any deciduous tree, but younger beech nut trees, for some reason hang onto their dead leaves. Only in spring when new buds burst forth, do the old leaves fall off. But even in the slightest breeze, the old dead leaves makes the most beautiful rustling sound. I love it!
Always like to keep an eye out for wildlife. It was pretty quiet in our trounce through the snow. Then we hear this “tap, tap, tap, tap”. Do you hear it? Scanning the trees, we eventually locate the source. It is a Downy Woodpecker. The “Downy” is one of 9 woodpecker species native to my province of Ontario, and one of the 216 woodpecker species worldwide. I marvel how this downy woodpecker could smell “food”, in the form of overwintering insects within this dead tree branch, even though it was -13C. Hungry anyone? 🙂
Always interesting how a person might miss seeing something hiking in, but might only notice it coming out. Such as this log. Just a simple, fallen log, but the snow has a way of transforming it.
Hoping everyone had a great time trouncing through the snow. Come on back, and we’ll sit by the fire and warm up with some hot chocolate! 🙂
Thanks for visiting! 🙂