After 3 days of being housebound due to the snowstorm that pretty much lasted from Friday morning until last night, I ventured out for a walk around the lake this morning.
I had driven to the pier last night at dinner time, just to see what the lake was like and hopefully get a photo of the snowy crescent shaped path lined by the benches in a gentle curve, piled high with 3 feet of virgin snow. Much to my surprise, the parks board had been and plowed the path around the lake. Although it ruined my photo idea, it was a welcome sight for walking.
Taking my walking poles, the hardest part was getting off the sidewalks onto the crosswalks on the street. A light skiff of snow had fallen last night, making it a little easier to navigate the slippery path. Clearer skies today highlighted the snow on the evergreens and laying in crotches of deciduous tree limbs. Ice has still not melted on the lake and most of it is completely covered in snow, eliminating any idea of skating on it.
Although it's still overcast, the clouds are higher with a greyish blue tinge on the horizon, softening the brilliance of the snow. A beautiful day with an absence of the usual morning walkers, the north wind cut through clothing like a hot knife through butter. I didn't take my camera this morning, wanting to concentrate on getting some exercise rather than the stop and go of a photo walk.
Ducks and geese congregated in a huddled bunch near the pier, the ice having receded from that area. The eagles soared above the lake, their identifiable skree piercing the quiet morning. The whir of hummingbird wings greeted me at the entrance to the park, and I wanted to tell it to go to my house as there is warm nectar there in my hummingbird feeder.
Amazing how close the birds get to you when their food supply is limited. I didn't notice a lot of other birds or wildlife until I got to the other side of the lake. Of course, at this point I wish I'd had my camera. Eighteen robins squatted, feathers fluffed out, on the branches of a tree close the path. If I'd had my camera, even my zoom lens would have been able to get a close-up of them. Darn!
The boardwalk was not cleared of snow, (pretty hard to get a tractor onto that I'd imagine, and not sure it'd hold the weight), and as it zigs and zags, I'd think it'd be difficult to clear other than by hand. Fortunately a couple of packed footprints on the sides of the boardwalk made walking safe enough to traverse it.
Back home again, a steaming cup of hot tea in hand, reliving the enjoyment and beauty of the winter wonderland and happy to not be housebound, even if it means hobbling a bit in the snow.
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