winter nature walk……

I'll be honest with you. After four years of living in the deep south, it's hard to convince me to head outdoors when it's below freezing. This morning was only 7 degrees when I bundled up to go feed the chickens and bunnies. I don't usually have company on these chilly mornings…. just a few sets of eyes watching from the sun-room. Not even Maggie would come out with me this morning. Make sense, southern puppy-dog and all. 

But every now and then the weather warms and we do get out for a walk. And every now and then the younger two get a case of cabin fever and I have to bundle them up and drag them out despite temperatures in the teens. It's harder to be annoyed at your brother when you have 8 layers of clothing on and you're sliding on frozen puddles. True fact of life there. Of course, I think the magic that a frozen woods offers also helps…..

Aside from the kid snapshots, these are all things Luke asked me to take a picture of on our walk. The huge tree in particular. We wanted to share them with you…..

winter nature walks....

winter nature walks....

winter nature walks....

winter nature walks....

winter nature walks....

winter nature walks....

winter nature walks....

winter nature walks....

Are you getting out much these days? How are the outdoors in your neck of the woods? Dark and wet? Bright and cold? Or are you on the other side of the earth enjoying the glorious rays of summer? I'd love for you to share a link of a recent nature walk if you have one……

xo,

s

  

29 thoughts on “winter nature walk……

  1. You know, I don’t do enough getting out and enjoying nature in the cold. I need to make a point of doing that. We are due for snow on Tuesday and I shall get out WHILE it’s snowing if possible. Oh, it’s DRY DRY and SUNNY and freaking COLD here..lol NO puddles to slide across..but our pond is frozen over. Goodness.

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  2. “It’s harder to be annoyed at your brother when you have 8 layers of clothing on…”
    I can’t begin to tell you how much I love this line!
    It has been cold here but not cold enough to freeze much. The temps just get too high during the day. I would prefer frozen places to play 😉
    Your walk looks perfect!

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  3. Yes! A walk in the snow is pure magic. The weather is all over the place for here. Typical for coastal New England. Yesterday morning it was 6 degrees. Today 27. Who knew 27 could seem warm, right? I hope you get a little snow!

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  4. I wish I could send you some snow. It's like magic for kids. I do hope that "THE BOOK" will bring you North to visit Annie? Perhaps? What a lot of fun it would be to hang out with you both for the day. We'd have to make a trip to my favorite beach……..

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  5. I love the seasons….. but I must admit I am sorely missing my warm sunshine right now. Your pictures are lovely, that mushroom!! Soon enough we'll be barefoot and running in the warm rays here as well. Until then I will dream and smile at my basket of garden seeds 😉

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  6. Rain and dark can be so hard. When we lived in Alaska, winter could be like that a lot. We would all get so grumbly at one another after being cooped up for days. I would finally put everyone in rain jackets and mud boots and take them all out. I remember once watching my 2 year old (now seventeen) standing under the downspout of the roof with his head in it! He had a hood on, so he wasn't getting very wet. But he was fascinated by the sensory of it all. It was so funny to watch. We always came back inside completely soaked and needing a full change of clothes, but it was worth getting them all out for a few minutes.

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  7. You picked one doozie of a winter to move to New England… I have been in RI 8 years (from San Diego) and this is the coldest winter yet. We still manage to get out and walk the beach, the woods, the ponds… the kids love using rocks and sticks to test just how frozen a body of water actually is, or just how far they can skim that rock across the ice. Getting outside makes those winter days oh so much easier.
    Still, I long for the wide-open days of summer, but spring is just around the corner, right?…right???

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  8. So beautiful! Glad you enjoyed your walk, and thank you for sharing!
    Yeah, you sure are not in the south anymore! It has been too too long since I visited your blog, your name keeps popping out at me lately, glad to be reminded…
    (You are reading that householder guide to the universe book! I got that from our library a few years ago, a couple different times. I like it a lot, she addresses some good issues (like about society too, not just about food, garden. preserving…)
    But winter and nature… Well finally it is snowing again, but we just had a warm and dry January, 50 degrees at 7,000 feet in the middle of winter?
    We had a lovely lake day recently…
    http://heirloomseasons.blogspot.com/2014/01/winter-lake.html
    Hope your weekend is happy and warm (indoors at least…)
    Renee 🙂

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  9. Thanks for your beautiful pictures. The black and white are wonderful.
    Middle TN has been in the single digits in the morning until today. Went to 40 today. Called for 60 tomorrow but a chance of snow Sun. night. Really would like to have a nice snow. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  10. It's so up and down! 6 degrees 40 degrees…. wow! I don't mind the snow but I don't really love all this slush 🙂 I'm dreaming of spring, truly. Itching to get some seeds started and begin some gardening plans. I have a tremendous amount of work to do outside. It's all a blank slate. Well, a blank slate with a whole lot of rocks and tree roots anyway 🙂

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  11. Nice to "see" you again 🙂 Yes, it is a wonderful book. I just picked it up secondhand because the library needed it back and I wasn't done yet. She does address a lot of other issues. I love that. You feel like you're really getting to know her, and then it all seems so much bigger and more important than just planting seeds. I'm headed to take a peek into your space…..

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  12. lol I’ve just seen how many spelling mistakes there are in my comment. I was ill in bed when I wrote that 🙂
    Anyway you are so right, getting outside even in the rain makes it all a little better again. I love that about nature xxx

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  13. Hehehe….. I am the queen of typos. Truly. Especially the ones that are a wrong word and spellcheck doesn't catch. Speaking of nature, I'm getting ready to bundle up and head outside to shovel a walkway to our chickens. We're expecting over a foot tonight. Oh my!

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  14. Love your pictures. I haven’t taken my nature walk in a few days now. It has been rather chilly (in the 50’2 with light wind & rain). We had a high of 83 just a few days ago. 80’s & 90’s I can handle just fine. In fact I love the 80′ & 90’s. However, the 50’s were the best era.

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  15. I once fell into a frozen stream. I cracked right through the ice and got soaked to bone as they say. I’ve been trying to get our girls out once a week on Thursdays. I have deemed it out nature outing day. I’m attempting to acclimate my two girls into longer hikes. So one day we can go on all day hikes and even over nights.

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