Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Date with Mother Nature

The best way to cure the symptoms of cabin fever, after consecutive winter storms, is getting outside.
What is the old saying "If you can't beat them, join them".

So I decided to join Mother Nature and get 'up close and personal' with what she has presented us over the last few days.

Fortunately, we were given a reprieve at the moment - so with a heavy sweater, snow shoes and my trusty camera I ventured out to look for some of natures simple pleasures.

I'm always greeted with critters coming up to the house enjoying the free buffet that is provided throughout the winter.

But I think I surprised a few sneaking up on their feeding frenzy and actually meeting eye to eye!

While crunching through the snow I'm aware of anything that isn't camouflaged by snow.

Particularly the bright red color of tiny berries still clinging to the trees.

Or a dogwood so far from opening that first bud.

Ice encrusted tree branches display abstract designs.

It is only in winter when you can find yourself surrounded in solitude.

I wasn't surprised to be alone with Mother Nature today. So few take the time - but believe me, it is worth it.

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