I Come Alive

I awoke to snow on Tuesday morning and I was (to borrow a phrase from Karen Eckstrom) irrationally happy. I come alive in winter. The air is fresh and crisp – not heavy and humid. I sweat only from exertion, not from merely sitting. There are no bugs pestering my ears and neck. And the world is pure and clean. I decided to get to work early so I could start the day with a walk.

The light changed several times during the walk, the sun peeping out sometimes, then clouds dumping more snow at others. Here are the pictures I took in the order I took them so you can walk with me:

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OK, now get to work!

Rails to Trails

Chautauqua County has several trails converted from old rail beds. Today I walked on one that starts on Route 430 not far from the intersection with Route 394 in Mayville NY. I hiked in as far as the power line, then turned around. It was cold, but once I got moving, I was comfortable. The sky was partly clear… once in a while the sun peaked through. Mostly there was nice diffused light. Some of the puddles and parts of the marshy pond were frozen.

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A lot of the leaves were already down, though a few still clung to branches.

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I didn’t have a long lens on my camera. Can you see who is in the trail:
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Here’s the same photo cropped real close (and not very sharp):
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He could see us, but he couldn’t smell us, because the wind was blowing toward us. We looked at each for a long time before he ran off:
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Back almost to the car, we saw these four lovelies:
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It was a gorgeous day and a lovely little hike.