So bright on the trail and yet so dark in the recesses. I can just about smell how fresh and cedary the air is. Did you see any interesting tracks in the snow? I mean besides your tires and your own footprints?
These trees are growing along the stream bed of Spring Creek and they get quite dense through there.
We had a couple of inches of snow last evening, then nothing much until morning when we had just a dusting. The tracks showed that the snowshoe hares were out most of the night dancing and socializing, but settled into the brush before the morning snow. They left lots of tacks and the cottontails and squirrels left a few as well. What I found odd was that I didn’t see a single predator track in the three miles I hiked. Plenty of deer though and they were out during the day. I pushed out a few and was pleased to see them so healthy this time of winter; just beautiful!
I can’t stay indoors when there is fresh snow on the ground or in the air. I had actually hoped today to take a long hike in falling snow, but the weather forecast was not accurate and the snowfall didn’t amount to much.
I’ve been enjoying the stories written in the snow since I was very young and carefully tutored by my father. I’m happy to say that now my son and daughter enjoy it too.
I have always believed, as did the ancient Greeks that development of the body was equally important as development of the mind. As a parallel to that, I have come to believe that understanding of the natural world and its forces is equally as important and perhaps more important than the knowledge of technology and social – structural development.
Totally agree. I’d love to see an emphasis on living/learning in the natural world, especially for the younger kids. No 3 yr old needs to know how to read. They do however need to know what the earth feels like, how great a gift is their precious world. They would grow up being stewards of the earth instead of being afraid of the out of doors. Ah, soap box…
I’m happy to say that both of my kids started to learn about the natural world very early, each was on a camping trip in northern Arizona at the early age of one month, and they grew up exploring the outdoors from Patagonia to the Kaibab. Now they are in their thirties and they both respect and enjoy the wild country and spend most of their spare time there. I think that every day spending time in the real world becomes more important. Technology is wonderful but the arrogance that it seems to have created might serve to be the death of most of us. But perspective is still available in the world beyond the cities.
Evergreens seem to enjoy the snow: they do very well in it. In spring and early summer there is a nice stream flowing through the area at the right of the photo. In fall and winter it is still flowing a mile up-stream but underground through here.
Very wonderful photo. I nearly feel myself walking there when looking at Your photo. Green and white seem to fit together so nicely. In Finland we do not have Cedars, but Thujas. At first glance there are some similarities.
We had a melt down here the night before last, heavy rains and temps in the 50′s, resulting losing half of our paltry 14 inches of snow. Lake effect snows last night, and back to the teens, but it still doesn’t seem like much of a winter (other than a week of very cold a week ago)!
You must have had much more snow than we have, at least in our lower elevations. Our valley snow is mostly gone now too after several days of unseasonably warm weather, but there is still quite a bit in the higher mountains. The ski area nearest to here (about 70 miles away) has 126 inches at the summit (5,650 feet).
Such beautifully trimmed trees – and look at that shy little bush down in the lower right. It reminds of the rain falling on the just and unjust – obviously the snow falls on the big and fancy AND the little and plain!
That little bush is right at the edge of the big trees, where it has just as much chance at the sun as they do. Further back into the trees, under their canopies, there are hardly any bushes at all and few ground cover plants, just duff that has fallen from the trees. The edge of the forest is a fascinating place, where fruit grows and the animals spend most of their time.