Where the Deer Walk

A walk through the woods on a snowy day reveals the many delightful hidden secrets of winter. It's cold, it's very, very cold and I bundle up well. A hat and earmuffs are my friends. A cell phone accompanies me now. Whoever would have thought I would feel vulnerable without it. But I am in the woods, by myself, and it seems like a good idea. What would I do? Throw the phone at a bear or coyote?! My companion, Ben, goes with me, his feathered tail wagging furiously, a walk his favorite thing in the whole wide world.  The sky is a gorgeous shade of blue.  The sun shines brightly and there are sparkles on the snow like a diamond covered blanket.  It's a very fine snow, and the gentle wind  blows it off the high, green pine boughs, displacing it through the air like silver glitter.

 Somewhere under this blanket of snow lies my driveway.  :)

 We start down the trail that leads to the lake

  and soon find where the deer have trodden.  Ben pushes his big nose through the snow, picking up their scent,  and runs far ahead of me.

the fine snow has settled down in the crook of spent summer wildflowers, looking for all the world like fields of cotton, not yet picked

 the frigid air the last week has frozen the lake, leaving a sliver at the deep end unfrozen ...... a place for the ducks and geese to paddle.

the simple beauty of a snow covered pine cone

If I were really brave, (and not so old) I would grab my old wood sled and slide down the hill in the back yard and right across the ice on the lake......but I'm not :),  so I'll just be content to use it for display.

 We have a new grand-child on the way, and in just a few months I'll get to hear her sweet laughter as she discovers the delight in flying through the air

my only Valentine decoration, now dusted with snow

I hope all of you are staying safe and warm in this unusual frigid weather we've experienced lately.  xo

Until next time.............

Tip:  when my boys were little, I always put plastic bags on their feet, along with several layers of socks, and their little tootsies stayed toasty warm while out playing in the snow.  I still do it for myself.

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Olive said...

How beautiful is your driveway. Even we have snow. It only happens every few years. I stay inside. I am not a fan. I do love you images. xo, olive

Tete said...

Thank you for the wonderful walk through your winter wonderland. So beautiful. Your photos are just awesome. LOL on the bags. Mom always saved the wonder bread bags so we could have the pretty polka dots sticking out of our boots! I did it to my kids, too. Works wonders and had forgotten all about it. I will keep it in mind for my guys when we start thawing here and they have wet feet most of the time!
Have a fun day and a greater weekend...looking forward to some big grins from that baby girl.

pballard said...

Lovely post. I sure enjoy your blog!

NanaDiana said...

Gorgeous pictures, Lynn. Love the deer track pictures. I have a story for you about those plastic bags in boots. I always did that for my kids, too. One day I was gone and hubby got them dressed to go outside and pulled the plastic bags up OVER their boots and tied them on. Unh-huh! lol xo Diana

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Your walk through the woods is beautiful. Even in winter there is beauty with snow and ice. Your pictures are great. Thanks for sharing this. I haven't seen snow in many many years, probably 15 and only when I had to travel on business.
It's always good to carry your phone, never know you could fall and need it. I fell off the ladder backwards and could even raise my head I was so dizzy - called the paramedics and was rushed to the hospital with a concussion, so it was good that I had it clipped to my jeans. I wear it all the time in the garden and everywhere. Of course I don't wear it to bed LOL

Have a great weekend.

Pam Kessler said...

Beautiful photos! I had never heard of the plastic bag trick, but sounds promising. Might need to put them on my hands if it keeps snowing around here.

Blondie's Journal said...

Beautiful post! I'm coming to visit. Winter looks lovely in your woods. And summer, and spring...:)


Junkchiccottage said...

Beautiful pictures Lynn. Gorgeous.

SImple and Serene Living said...

What a beautiful place you live in, Lynn. I would love walking there. How exciting that you are getting a new grandchild. xo Laura

All About Vignettes said...

Absolutely beautiful photos and beautifully written text too. Very artistic.

Love the plastic bag in boot idea too.

Jen said...

What a peaceful and relaxing walk! Everything looks so lovely. I hope your week is off to a wonderful start!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

You really did get some snow!

I can't believe we have to worry about wolves and bears, but we do. I don't remember even seeing deer tracks as a. Hold be a use most of the deer were located in a different area away from the cultivated fields. Now, they are everywhere. Strange how things have come full circle.

I loved your walk and seeing the snow on the wildflower, it did look like a cotton boll. Loved going on the walk with you.

I have been under the weather , but am up and at me again!



Decor To Adore said...

I love the image of he swing. What sweetness awaits it.

Ben is such a beautiful friend.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Hey, Lynn, popping back by. No, I never got a new computer. I stole Mr. Magpie's IPAD, And I borrow his laptop to load pictures on weekends. I read that it is hard to compose blog posts on the IPAD. So I am still making do. The IPAD has made a fool of me across the internet because it corrects my mistakes in a nonsensical way.



Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

What a lovely walk through the woods and I didn't even have to step out the door! Your photos are beautiful and your description is perfection. You write so lovingly.

I had a great time seeing your previous post on the paper medallions for Valentines Day. They turned out so nice and a piece of chocolate as the centerpiece couldn't make it any "sweeter"!!

Blessings, Edie Marie

Sandi McBride said...

I know I complain about it but actually I love snow...I do the plastic bag thing and also on my hands under my mittens...I love to look at the tracks in the snow to see what creatures have been out exploring before Cricket and I ventured out...yes, I love snow...but in small doses lol. Enjoyed my visit, hugs to gentle Ben

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