New Year New Hike New Sketch

Shelf Mushroom at Willow Springs Woods watercolor

It’s been a while, huh?

After having the stomach virus, I managed to find a tiny piece of ice to fall on….right on my tail bone *oooooouch*. That left me sore for over two weeks! Soon Christmas arrived and the holiday parties kept me busy. All of these things kept me out of the woods for about a month.

Well, I’m glad to say I’m back on track!

Today I escaped to Willow Spring Woods for a quick hike. Here were my observations:


“The wind is strong but I am not cold. Bare trees above me creek loudly. Just above them a hawk silently glides sideways, pushed by the gusty wind. Intermittent snow flies making my inner child very happy.”


Many of the oaks have shelf mushrooms hanging on the trunk. I love to study the lines and the many different subtle colors.


The trees on the trail seem to speak as they creeeeeek in the strong winds. I like to stand beneath and stare at the tips which sway back and forth, back and forth.


This tree has been invaded by fungi. I didn’t realise it at the time, but this picture has awesome texture, separated in thirds!!!

I hope everyone had a happy and healthy holiday with family and friends.

Now, let’s get back to business and pick up those paint brushes!!!!!!


  1. I love your sketch book and posts, as always. My walk in the woods this morning was cold with a cutting wind, but lovely. I am searching for my silk underwear for tomorrow which is predicted to be colder and windier.

    1. I’m glad you hike in the cold too. It really isn’t bad if you have the proper clothing and the best thing is….you’ll never get cabin fever!!!!
      Keep hiking and enjoying nature in all seasons 🙂

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