Annual New Year’s Day Tromp

Brrr...I love waking up late on New Year’s Day with thoughts of where I should take the dog for a romp. Usually Emily joins me, but she was off at a friend’s and so I headed out into a snowy, blowing day without her.

I’m not sure she was very happy with me.  Sorry, Em.

As is often the case with a winter walk, the low temperature combined with wind made me feel very cold in the beginning, but as I walked, it didn’t take long for me to warm up.  I headed down into a protected ravine at the bottom of which runs a creek.  There are hemlocks and yellow birch all along the way… beautiful.

Stonefly Nymph (or exuvia?)On the bark of one of the yellow birch trees, I found gypsy moth eggs… and also a gorgeous Stonefly nymph.  I couldn’t really tell if it was a dead nymph, or if the back had cracked open to allow the adult to fly free… Here’s another picture I took a while back of a living stonefly nymph we found in the creek at Allegany State Park:

Stonefly Larva

I played around a bit with slow shutterspeeds to try to capture the essence of the wind. The orange-brown leaves on the Ironwood tree were dancing up a storm…

Ironwood in the Wind

Even though I have billions of pictures of Witch Hazel, I can never resist another.

Witch Hazel

Emily finally arrived home shortly after I did. We may go out later this afternoon or evening and see how our cross country skis are working after a long summer in the garage…

Happy New Year, everyone!

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2 thoughts on “Annual New Year’s Day Tromp

  1. Glad to see you got out there, too. I tried out my new winter coat and gloves I got as Christmas gifts. It’s amazing how much the ‘more warmth with less bulk’ has evolved over the years !!

    I did a little something different this year and went “backyarding”. Despite walking about 2.5 miles, I was never more than 1/4 mile from my house. My pictures can be seen at http://picasaweb.google.com/1themanfromvan/NewYearSDayHike2010#

    Somehow your own pictures never look as cool as someone else’s. Or maybe it’s because a photo, no matter how good, does justice to seeing the real thing. I am pretty partial to my picture of the rock with the moss, leaves and pine needles, though. That may end up being one for the bedroom wall !!

  2. Your pictures are always beautiful, intriguing, interesting, but lately – COLD. You love winter, I love warm. I appreciate the beauty in your ‘world’, so different than mine. hugs from HW

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