Archive for November, 2014

Carrying our weather with us

| November 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

uowHenryCoeRain-005_300The winter rains are setting in and it’s all too easy to let them be an excuse for staying home. But to truly learn to love the outdoors we have to see them in all of their seasons, weathers, and times of day. If we select one place and visit it often, there will always be something new to see, no matter how small.

I headed out to one of my favorite places in the rain last weekend. The air was cool and fresh, and thick with earthy scents.

Climbing up the ridge through the drizzle and mist, the soft flat light wrapped the world in a lovely smooth, soft veil.

A family of feral pigs that were digging for roots decided to flee when they saw me stop and take an interest.

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Dozens of salamanders crept in slow-motion across the trails. It was hard to avoid stepping on them.

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Sheltering under a tree for lunch was an opportunity to appreciate all of the different moss and lichen formations on the rocks. The closer you look the more you see.

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The clouds constantly cleared and re-formed in the valleys, giving glimpses of the slopes below with occasional bright illuminations.

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The oak tree acorn pantries were filling up courtesy of the local woodpeckers.

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And the splashes of red in the deep green foliage evoked Christmas.

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As the sun lowered and broke through the clouds, it streamed in through the canopy and dappled the grass.

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And backlit the lichens draped across the oak branches.

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With the sun heading down it was time for me to do the same, all the while reflecting on the wonderful things I’d seen and wondering what I’ll see the next time I visit.

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If we carry our weather with us, there’s never a bad time to be outdoors.

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Photo credits: Mark Beresford