The big challenge of winter isn’t the cold – it’s the short window of daylight. If you work a 9 to 5, a walk to the store or to a friend’s house can still happen after work, but probably not a walk in the woods. Those are relegated to the weekends.
We’ve been trying to take advantage of our opportunities. The photos in this post were taken at Estabrook Woods and Mt. Misery. Both spots are beautiful, easy hikes. I’d describe them as dog-friendly alternatives to Walden Pond – they’re close to Concord, free, and feature little waterways and ponds. And I loved walking them in January.
I would like to nominate blue, underdog of the forest’s color palette, as winter’s winner. Summer is all about green. And gold, orange, and red get their heyday in autumn. But look at that icy cobalt water, and the cool blue shadows stretching behind the tree trunks, and all the sky visible behind bare branches.
Oh yes, and we walked past the most beautiful barn. Maybe it was the setting sun, or the quintessential New England stone wall, but the scene spoke to me. Among other things, wouldn’t it make the best wedding spot?