A New Year Begins

May your coming year be filled with grand adventures and someone special to share them with.

Wild places to revel in, get lost in, and find yourself in.

Sweet friends and sweet dreams.

May you have four seasons of love, laughter, joy, and peace. I hope you dream big and then set goals to make those dreams come true. Above all, Polly and I wish you a dog kind of New Year. Celebrate each moment for what it is, show unconditional love for those around you, and find time to smell the flowers.

Birds of a Feather

During winter, when wildlife can be hard to find, there’s always plenty of action to be found around the bird feeders. Big birds, small birds, noisy birds, quiet birds. Each has its own unique personality and we love to watch them all. Their interactions, relationships, and pecking order are fascinating to observe.

Some don’t even have feathers, but are more than happy to take advantage of a free snack.

And others don’t come for seed, but that’s okay. It’s all part of nature’s cycle of predator and prey. A cycle as old as life itself. A cycle we can witness at the backyard bird feeder.

As Exciting As Watching Water Freeze

Sometimes winter seems about as exciting as watching the paint dry, or the grass grow, or the water freeze… Wait a second. Watching water freeze is exciting. Granted it doesn’t have the drama of a heavy spring runoff, a summer cloudburst, or a flashflood. Freeze up is subtle, quiet. The beauty of it can be easy to overlook, but it’s there. It sneaks in on cold winter nights and leaves little gifts for those who take the time to find them.

I sat by the little waterfall to watch the spray freeze and coat the rocks and twigs, turning them into shining crystal sculptures.

It is a joy to hike to the lake and check the advance of the ice.

 

If streams and lakes aren’t in the immediate vicinity, then step out front door on a sunny morning to catch the play of light in the icicles hanging from the eave or on a frozen puddle in the yard.

The wonder of winter is there and getting out to find it takes the boredom out of winter in a heartbeat. Just ask Polly.