Winter Walk – patterns and textures

Every now and then, my Mom gets the girls together for a lunch date. So yesterday my younger sister, her 10 year old daughter, and I got together with her for the afternoon.  After a nice lunch at a nearby cafe, we met back at Mom’s house for some dessert. There was nice chatting when the discussion turned to the HG channel dreamhouse. Apparently, my young niece is obsessed with it. For anyone who doesn’t watch this network it is an annual contest for a beautifully designed, fully furnished dream house. This year, the dream house is located in Sonoma California with an ocean view.

This brought the conversation around to where would we all like to live. I wasn’t crazy about living on the ocean. Mom asked if I prefered the mountains instead. Without thinking, I said my preference was to live in the middle of a woods with a creek running thru it, or perhaps a pond.

That was a revelation, especially to me. I currently live  in the city. I never really thought about where I would really like to live. Since that conversation I continued thinking of the woods. Today, for the first time in weeks, we had a sunny, cold day. Since we didn’t have enough snow for cross country skiing, I decided to go for a hike instead. So I headed to my favorite spot, the local nature center.

It was beautiful and after spending the afternoon there, I went home really happy. To keep the good feeling, I should to do this more often.

I’ve taken photos along the Maple/Beech Trail and the River Trail many times during the year. I was worried that the lack of greenery and woodland flowers would keep the pictures from being interesting so besides the regular shots, I tried to take a close look at interesting patterns and textures that aren’t noticed during the rest of the year. You can, of course, click on the pictures for a bigger view.

p1030920 the head of the trail  


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on the stream heading toward the big river

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ice on the stream

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looking thru the water to the stones along the bottom

p1030943 stripes and shadows p1030950 snow crystals on the decking

p1030945 finally down to the big river

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ice formations along the edge of the big river


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vertical stripes

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p1030986 tree bark patterns

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moss and fungus

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p1030997 cut tree trunk and a broken limb

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skeleton leaves in the snow and still clinging to a young tree


About Jill-O

a girl who likes lakes, trees and critters; making an attempt at living the artistic life.
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4 Responses to Winter Walk – patterns and textures

  1. Sylvia (England) says:

    Beautiful pictures, I love woods as well.

    Best wishes Sylvia (England)

  2. tina says:

    Love that cut tree picture-so cool!

  3. Mb says:

    Lovely textures, all.

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