Unless I focus on the above topic from the perspective of the seasons in one’s life, I could end up going back to a familiar place and repeating myself in response to the weekly challenge since I have addressed the subject of the seasons in other photo challenges. (You can check our my submissions the past under the topics of Change, and also Happy Place.)
But I have no interest today in really saying anything about myself. Instead I will simply focus on this season of Winter up here in the northeast United States, and our experience of it during a walk we took last weekend on the C&O Canal towpath beside the Potomac. We drove up to a section near Hagerstown, MD.
We ended up on a section of the trail in the area of Dam 4.
The swiftly flowing river appears to be clear of ice in these parts.
There is a still a layer of snow and ice on the trail.
I suspect that some of the snow on the ground is from the blizzard a few weeks back. The consistency of the white stuff has turned somewhat hard. There are larger ice crystals on the ground that catch the sunlight, and we found that the surface was mostly capable of supporting our weight without giving in. The traffic on the trail has been light before our arrival, and the snow has not compressed to ice (which would have made it a more slippery and dangerous path to traverse). That having been said, it is still more difficult to walk on the snow than on the dirt.
The surface of the trail is not characterless. There are the fallen branches that pop out of the ice.
The dried leaves that have fallen on the ice can stand out. I thought some of these even looked pretty.
The leaves can even start a melting process since they seem to absorb the heat of the sun faster than the ice around them.
The bladdernut pod has even created a cavity in the surface of the ice.
And there is plenty of other life around.
The snow flies (are they also called stone flies?) are everywhere over the ice.
There are plenty of bird sounds to be heard all around, from the cry of soaring hawks, to the loud “wuk, wuk” call of the pileated woodpecker. There are many small birds in the bushes all around the trail. These are difficult to spot unless one is looking carefully, but this little thrush was very cooperative. It sat around while I took my time to change lenses to take its picture.
Winter in our parts can certainly be more challenging than our other seasons, but there is still much to celebrate and enjoy if only you set you mind to it.
It is somewhat interesting to see the varied responses to this challenge. Some of you in lower hemisphere are in the midst of summer (and a hot one in some places), while others in the northern hemisphere seem to be experiencing weather indicating that spring is on its way. We are still in the throes of the winter season in our part of the world!