Earlier this week, I took a walk on a trail while my kids were at their homeschool class at the botanical garden. It’s been about twenty years since I’ve walked alone on this trail — my favorite trail. I used to walk here alone quite frequently. How I’ve missed it.
But I don’t think I’ve ever walked on it during the middle of winter when it was 30 degrees Fahrenheit outside!
Part of the stream was ice.
All around me were different shades of brown. Brown is beautiful, I think.
Despite the cold, I passed quite a few joggers and other people walking. I think this time of year more than ever, people need nature. Don’t you agree?
This did not hinder this mother’s magical moment of being alone. The trails at the botanical garden are always peaceful.
There’s always that happy thrill when I reach the river and listen to its soft current rippling and sliding by.
The birds were not deterred by the cold either. I saw a phoebe, some kind of sparrow with two black stripes on its head, a Carolina wren, cardinal, and others that were too far away and fast for me to identify.
Luckily, in the last minute dash to get out the door on time that morning, I thought about bringing my camera. I’m so glad I did.