Thus, this morning I set out on a nearby trail to find beauty amidst the brown and the gray. Kodi always finds joy, whether he is rolling around on hard-packed snow at 4,300 feet or sniffing about in the dead leaves at sea level. Today, to his delight, he found a small piece of deer bone. I too was delighted by what I found on our walk, when I really looked again at the woods and the wetlands. Even the common sights and sounds and the subtle colors of a brown mid-winter's day were lovely when I stopped to look and listen and absorb.
Oaks and pines cast long shadows across the frozen marsh
A flock of noisy crows flies across the wetland, over the still silent heron nests
Wooden nest boxes await the return of cavity-nesting wood ducks and hooded mergansers
Rock and reindeer lichens look healthy in their respective habitats bathed in a warm winter sun