We were able to go for walks on the C&O canal towpath on both Saturday and Sunday last weekend. Winter has its own charm when you are in the woods. The cold is also not a bother unless it is windy. Your body warms up as you exercise.
The woods seem more open in winter because of the bare trees. You can see things that are not usually visible in summer, including the river beyond the tree trunks, and the birds hidden in the branches of the trees. The browns and greys of the trees in winter form their own unique patterns along the trail as it disappears into the distance.
We were able to sight this wren hidden away in the branches singing its morning song.
The bikers brightened up the trail.The great blue heron watched the proceedings from its perch high over the towpath.The Park Service police kept an eye on things.The robin watched me as I tried to focus the camera on it through the tangled branches.We left the marked trail and explored the woods by the river, ending up with this view of a culvert under the C&O canal and the towpath trail. This is where the Muddy Branch flows past the canal as it makes its way to the Potomac.A walk in the woods rejuvenates the spirits!