Monday morning walk

Icicles hanging from the barn roof

Icicles hanging from the barn roof

Let’s take a walk.  It’s cold, but sunny.  Bundle up and you’ll be fine.  And boots!  Don’t forget to wear boots.  This is the Bogs, after all.

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Our first stop is the barn to watch the play of light on the icicles.

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The icicles hanging from the shady side of the barn have some interesting shapes along with a blueish hue.

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Be careful.  Every now and then one of the icicles falls from the roof.  Most of them are not big enough to do much damage, but you probably don’t want to get bonked on the head.

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Time to go down the sledding hill.  We’ll have to walk.  There’s not enough snow to sled.  I know.  That’s disappointing.  It would be much more fun to hop on a sled and wheeeee! our way down the hill.  Faster, too.  Oh well.  Let’s look at the snow on our way down the hill.  It is sparkling in the sunlight.  If you look carefully, the twinkling lights are a variety of colors.  I suspect most of the snow and ice will be gone by the time this post goes out.

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A lot of the dried flowers and grasses have toppled over and are going back to earth, providing nourishment for the new growth that may well be stirring under the cover of snow.  We can still find plenty of them still standing or just beginning to lean towards the ground.

Last year's flowers

Last year’s flowers

Did you notice all the animal tracks in the snow?  I was able to identify a few.  Rabbit, deer, and raccoon are the easiest to recognize.  On the pond there are bird tracks scratched in the snow.

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There are geese, too.  It looks like they’re having a conversation of some kind.  Probably trying to decide whether to stay or go.

Should we go this way?

Should we go this way?

Or that way?

Or that way?

They eventually went this way rather than that way.

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Down by the cattails we’ll pass through a cold patch.  Colder patch, I should say.  It’s always a little colder in this one spot, no matter what time of year it is.  Some guests think it might be haunted.  I think it’s because the sunlight rarely hits this corner of the property.  The trees from the woods are in the way.  The ground is a little lower here, too.

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It’s awfully wet back that way right now.  If you turn and look behind us, you’ll see where your boots crunched through the snow and ice, and now there are boot-shaped puddles marking the trail where we just walked.  I think we’ll turn around and head back up towards the meadow.  It will still be boggy, but we won’t feel like we’re sinking into a pond.

Grasses in the meadow

Grasses in the meadow

We should stop for a minute and enjoy the feel of the warmth of the sunlight.  It’s only here for a day or so.  Rain and snow are making their way to the Bogs.  The clouds will start moving in tomorrow afternoon, and the snow will be falling by bedtime.

Catching the sunlight

Catching the sunlight

I think that’s about it for today.  My fingers are almost numb, and that’s usually a good sign that it’s time to go in.  We’ll walk past the mess that is the garden and then head towards the house where we can have some hot tea or cocoa and warm up.

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Thanks for joining me on another walk.  I appreciate your willingness to accompany me, no matter what the weather.

Catching some rays

Catching some rays

Have a delightful day, evening, night… whenever and wherever you are on the spectrum of time.  🙂

28 Comments on “Monday morning walk”

  1. dadirri7 says:

    a delightful walk past the icicles and the decaying plants, through sparkling snow and boggy ground … how lovely the meadow grasses look still … i am heading off for breakfast of our homegrown tomatoes on toast, summer fruits nearing their end as autumn approaches here 🙂

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Christine. 🙂 The thought of homegrown tomatoes almost makes me salivate. I’m looking forward to when our asparagus pops up out of the ground.

  2. Man, it’s 85 degrees here!!! And you have such a wonderful playground to take pictures in!!

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  4. I just kind of lingered in your pictures. Absorbing the dryness of the branches, the slush of the ground, the blue of the sky…. ahhhhhhhhh. 🙂

  5. Coming East says:

    When I see your pictures and read your posts, Robin, I almost wish I lived in the country instead of the city. I’m ready for spring flower pictures, though. Can’t wait to see the bogs come alive in a few weeks.

  6. pamtanzey says:

    That was wonderful! Beautiful photos. Thank you for sharing!

  7. It was fun to go along on your icy walk today. I hear from my family back home that a big snowstorm is coming, at least in Virginia. I assume it’s the same storm?? Stay cozy and warm and have some hot cocoa for me. 🙂

    • Robin says:

      That’s what they’re saying, Cathy. I don’t think we’ll get as much out of this storm as the folks north and west of us did. Looks like it’s going to skirt around us here in the Bogs, but the east coast might get hit hard again.

  8. Chatting geese – and icicles – so many treasures in one day. Grasses in the meadow is mesmerizing – you can feel the chill – and heat the winter winds and sounds. Stay warm!

  9. Dana says:

    I always enjoy these ‘walk’ posts, Robin. Helps me get my exercise even when I’m sitting in front of my computer screen. 🙂

  10. jane tims says:

    Hi Robin. I love the icicles, every one of them. I like you comment on the ‘haunted’ part of your path. Jane

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  12. joserasan66 says:

    Ufffff, ….Muy Buena Serie, Siempre Es Grato Encontrar Un Blog Nuevo… Un Saludo.

  13. Sallyann says:

    I like the icicle pictures, which way did the geese decide to go after ? 🙂

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