33°F cloudy, breeze
orange and red trail
Hiking today seems like a workout, for I am wearing regular hiking boots and not snow shoes. There are several inches of snow on the ground. I love to hear the “crunch, crunch, crunch” sound with every step.
As I hike the red trail which is much narrower than the other trails, with a canopy of vines and shrubs, surprised, I notice several robins (maybe 30-40) all around me in the tree tops. I stand still to listen to that familiar short noise they make…it’s not a call, it’s not a chirp… well, maybe it’s a real low fast chirp. The sound I always hear in spring and summer. I always thought that robins migrated further south in my state (Illinois) in the winter because I never see them. Today, they were all around me.
Suddenly, I hear a blue jay make an alert call! In a frantic rush, the whole flock of robins fly west in an instant. Oh I wish you could have heard that magical sound of a whole flock fleeting at once and you are in the middle of it!!!! It’s like a flying stampede of horses….such power! such force!
*weak in the knees*
About 30 seconds later, one lone Cooper’s Hawk appears with nothing in his talons. Unsatisfied with his disappointing find of no birds, he flies off. To my surprise instantly four chickadees greet me above my head. They were hiding.
Here is what the red trail looks like. It’s more narrow than it appears to be from the picture.
Near the end of my trail is Tomahawk Slough. This is what I decided to sketch, however I must admit I did it at home from my computer for the winds picked up significantly and I was chilled. I love how the snow looks on top of the slough.
What an awesome structure this Queen Anne’s Lace is in the winter, dolloped with snow. This will definitely be a sketch or maybe a full-blown painting in the near future.
I hope you enjoyed this short hike at Bullfrog Lake. remember, you can’t get cabin fever if you go out in the winter! Try a short visit in the wood.