This is the winter of 2020/21 when we each find ourselves isolated from friends and family. All normal activities have been suspended while the world tries to figure out how to cope with the Covid-19 pandemic. I’ve always been a walker but now I have been going for longer hikes in a winter which has brought my part of the globe much cold weather and beautiful snow.
I am fortunate enough to live in the Trail Capital of Canada. I can step outside my front door, cross the street and embark on a hike of the Great Trail. I have taken to doing that daily with my dogs. Should I wish to change it up, I have over 220 kilometres of trails to choose from. just a short drive away…or take your bike (even in winter), ride your horse, bring your downhill skis, cross-country skis or snowshoes – there is no lack of options. In addition to those ‘official’ trails, there is a never-ending number of unofficial trails, offshoots of the official ones, or the newly-explored ones created by the curious hiker, or those on private land of a friend of a friend. There is no excuse for that walking-in-circles feeling.
I am also fortunate to be a lover of winter, a true Canuck, as I put it. I love the snow. It brightens up the dark nights and short days of the cold season. There are no bugs to worry about, The world is transformed over and over with each snowfall. With the right clothing and preparation, the fresh air is invigorating. There is little to no humidity to sap one’s energy…and so my dogs and I set out to see what’s new today. They find exciting new smells on the trees and bushes. I try to identify animal tracks in the snow – these today are freshly made; those of before, faded now. Deer went through here. Are those the tracks of a wolf or coyote? Rabbit or squirrel over here?
Although I go out daily, no matter what the weather, even though I follow a similar path, the trail is made different by the overnight weather or today’s light, or the people and animals who have gone before us. Each day is a new day of discovery. Each new day is a day of calm and peace.
As I trek the hills and explore the ravines this winter, I stop to listen to the silence, feel the sun (if it is out) on my face and try to capture the moment with my camera. So, expect additional postings from time to time.
It is my hope that these photos will bring you a sense of peace when you look at them. To see the whole gallery please click here or find the gallery under Collections, then Scenics