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.
on the stream heading toward the big river
ice on the stream
looking thru the water to the stones along the bottom
ice formations along the edge of the big river
moss and fungus
skeleton leaves in the snow and still clinging to a young tree