By Caitlin Kelly
We’d endured day after day after day of cold, gray, wet, sunless weather.
Cabin fever was setting in — not to mention Vitamin D deficiency.
Finally (yay!) a January day, unseasonably warm for a downstate New York winter, about 45 degrees F, and it was finally a chance to get out for a walk!
Here are some images I shot with my cellphone, along the pathway near our home I’ve been walking in every season for decades.
It’s nothing fancy. No amazing, jaw-dropping views; it’s a mile in each direction, and there are several benches at the reservoir’s edge so you can sit for a while and savor it.
I love how the light shifts season to season, how the woods, in spring and summer, go from silent to full of animals and birds.
This time of year, the only sounds I heard were dried leaves rustling in the wind, a brook and some cars circling the reservoir.
Winter is a season whose beauty is easily overlooked, subtle and quiet — water reflections, pale leaves, lichen and moss.
There is something so deeply soothing and restorative, for me, walking in nature alone.
Just air and light and water, trees and rocks and plants and sky.
Do you get out into nature often?
Do you also find it healing?