Calm before the storm: a peaceful morning winter walk

Walk in peace and notice what it feels like to make virgin footprints in the snow. . .

Before the footsteps

Before the footsteps

On a brilliant & peaceful December day, my old dog and I wandered through the woods enjoying the calm before the storm with twelve to sixteen inches of snow in the forecast for tomorrow. A light dusting of snow had fallen on Christmas day leaving a clean white slate undisturbed by human touch.

Snow sparkling on forest floor

Snow sparkling on forest floor

We walked through the tall hemlocks toward the river which was still high and flowing fast from last week’s heavy rains. The wind was calm and the snow sparkled in the morning sun that wove its way though the trees to the forest floor. I was hoping we’d see ice formations from the spray of the icy river water splashing on the rocks and the various trees that have fallen across the river during past storms. Below are a few photos of the beauty we enjoyed as we wandered along.

Sun streaming through the hemlock trees

Sun streaming through the hemlock trees

Icy water pouring through the old dam.

Icy water pouring through the old dam.

Droplets of ice hanging from a stick chewed by a beaver.

Droplets of ice hanging from a stick chewed by a beaver.

Ice droplets reflecting in the water

Ice droplets hang from a bit of root and reflect in the water

River flowing briskly alone swollen from last week's heavy rain

River flowing briskly along swollen from last week’s heavy rain

Rose sitting like a sentinel while I shoot some photos

Rose sitting like a sentinel while I shoot some photos

Whose been here before us?  Squirrel?  Mink?

Who’s been here before us? Squirrel? Mink?

Wild turkey tracks

Wild turkey tracks

Snow dusted roots of tree washed down the river.  Ice is beginning to form on the calmer water to the left.

Snow dusted roots of a large  tree washed down the river. Ice is beginning to form on the calmer water to the left.  The hemlocks cast a greenish hue in the water.

Time to loop back and check out one of our favorite spots on the river.

Time to loop back and check out one of our favorite wild spots on the river.

Hemlocks line both sides of the river here standing like guardians.

Hemlocks line both sides of the river, silent witnesses to everything that passes by.

Ice droplets hang like an ornate chandelier

Ice droplets hang like an ornate chandelier

Can you find the moss trapped in the ice?

Can you find the moss trapped in the ice?

Tree hugger or hugging trees?  Hold onto the feeling of peace as you leave the woods and go on with your day.

Tree hugger or hugging trees? Hold onto the feeling of peace as you leave the woods and go on with your day.

The snow began arriving overnight after I wrote the draft for this post.  The forecast is for it to snow all day with a final total of 12-18 inches (30-45 cm), our first significant snowfall this winter.

snow begins

snow begins

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13 thoughts on “Calm before the storm: a peaceful morning winter walk

    • Thank you! It is a bit of synchronicity that you commented on this older post. It has a photo of our dog who passed away in February. I woke up feeling her presence and then there was her face in this post.

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