Now it is March. The days are warmer, the light is brighter, and the walk is less daunting, less of a "J" and more of a huge rectangle and sometimes more of a shape you would never, ever find in a geometry or any other book. Today I took my camera with me and got some "looking up" shots - treetops against a beautifully blue sky with fluffy clouds. Don't worry, I didn't trip and fall and break a hip while I was looking up.
(I'm not quite sure if these will be made bigger if you click on them or not - I'm just learning this stuff - but it can't hurt to try. Let me know what you find out. And does anyone have trouble reading the small print captions? If so, let me know.)
|Soon there will be leaves, but not yet.|
|Some branches are lacier than others. Maybe those are the girl trees.|
|This evergreen appears to be rocketing towards the right, with a very wide vapour trail.|
|Power lines. Proof I was walking on a sidewalk, not in a forest.|
|It was a perfect day to take pictures with a point-and-shoot camera.|
|I think this one got a bad scare. Or has static in his hair.|
|Pussywillows? I'm not quite sure. I thought they were icy droplets at the time. Bad eyes.|
|Snow-white birches mingling with their less-showy friends.|
|Lots of cones on this very tall old fellow.|
I not only looked up, I looked down ...
|That's water, not sky ...|
... and around ...
|Lichens and moss on a low-lying limb.|
|I'm not sure what's happening to the branches on this guy. Any thoughts?|
Usually my walk is thirty minutes long but it feels like twice that. Today I was gone for seventy-five minutes ... and it felt like no time had passed at all. With all the stopping and gawking and ambling and meandering, my heart and lungs didn't get much of a workout. But my mind and spirit were full to overflowing.
Next time, one more tree - my favourite at the moment, and why.