Winter can feel long, so it makes sense that we have a long list of winter-themed blogs on MyWoodlot. Many involve simply getting out in the woods and noticing things, like the strange beauty of ice and snow, the movements of winter critters, or the silence of the woods under a fresh blanket of snow. Whether you embrace winter wholeheartedly or you struggle to find activities that excite you, we’re sure this blog collection will help you discover new ways to appreciate the chilly season.
Winter and I do not agree. But even I have to admit there’s some beauty in the cold, as I discovered one morning when hoarfrost coated the woods.
I am moving through the slowly falling snow, back in the woods far from any road. There is no breeze. Suddenly it hits me. There is no sound right now. I stop to take it in, that rarest of rare finds in our noisy modern world: utter, complete, total silence.
Driving a country road recently on a cold, crystal-clear day, I noticed the fat red spires of staghorn sumac seed clusters silhouetted against the deep blue sky.
If you wander your woods on a snowy day, you might come across an area of surprising green, like the one in the photo below. These areas are called seeps, and if you’re fortunate enough to have one, you have an excellent winter home for wildlife on your hands.
Snow reveals wildlife activities that are usually hidden from us. It catalogs the actions of animals and holds them frozen in time for our perusal. It tells us stories.
Winter can be overlooked as a time for outdoor activities, but it has plenty to offer.