Winter Roads

Massive backups and multiple crashes on snow-packed highways. Traffic-choked mountain towns and ski areas. I’m not taking about those kinds of winter roads—I’m talking about getting away from them. Out where things are quiet and peaceful, where schedules and cellphones take a back seat to the wonders of nature.

Double the beauty with the reflections in the hood, find a nice place for a picnic, and be patient with others using the road (even if they drive like a bunch of turkeys).

Polly says to take a friend who enjoys winter, too.

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.