Saturday’s Solitude. #32

Good morning to everyone! And how are you on this fine winter day? It is a bit chilly this morning with a temperature of 10F (-12C), but with that strong wind out there it makes it feel much colder. But there is beautiful blue sky with just a few clouds here and there. We had some very light snow overnight, about half an inch of light, fluffy snow. The chickadees and nuthatches are busy, as are the blue jays and some of the woodpeckers have been here too.

The bench overlooking part of the river, early January 2021.

I see one of the downy woodpeckers has arrived for some of my homemade suet, one of the most popular items on the menu here at Steve’s Diner. I think I will have to put out a third suet feeder to help eliminate the waiting lines out there. Especially now that temperatures are going to get colder beginning tomorrow night. Just when I was planning to start walking down to the river again. Oh well, it’s not going to last long and we will be back to these temps again, nice for walking along the river path.

Some goldeneye ducks at the river, early January 2021.

It will be interesting to see how many ducks are down there this winter. Although most of them tend to stay closer to the dam which is further upstream from where I walk. But it can be so nice at the river in the winter months. Just looking at the water flowing past with the snow covered shores, can be so calming and relaxing. It’s nice to have that bench down there for the winter especially, it gives a nice place to sit and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

South shore along the river, early January 2021.

After the next few cold days there will likely be ice showing up along the shoreline as well. But no matter how cold it gets, the ice is never good on that river, not even along the shore. But it is peaceful down there. Ducks floating lazily past, periodically diving down to get some fish to eat. Eagles soaring along or sitting in the tall white pines. Squirrels chattering whenever another squirrel crosses into their territory, and sometimes at people walking through their territory as well. Deer walking through the trees. Chickadees and nuthatches singing as they wander about the trees looking for food.

Ruffed grouse along the path, early January 2021.

A pileated woodpecker pounding away at a dead pine tree. In another tree a black-backed three-toed woodpecker is tapping away looking for bugs. A lone ruffed grouse comes slowly out from some bushes and crosses the path ahead of me. Even though winter is definitely not my favorite season, I much prefer being warm than being cold, yet there is still much beauty and a certain kind of quietness in the forest that truly is solitude. Thank you for joining me this morning on my memory of a mid winter walk to the river’s solitude. Have a great weekend everyone and God bless!

Steve and Muffin. (top featured image is part of the snowy path to the river)

Β©2021 Steve McLeod.

16 Comments on “Saturday’s Solitude. #32

  1. Waves of clouds passing by ,
    I now drop byΒ  to say hi ,
    Before I leave and say ” : good bye , ”
    Here you are with viewing the sky ,
    Realize your dream whenever you try …

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  2. I am so jealous of your snow and temps! In Kentucky we had a week of getting down to freezing at nights, but now it only goes down to 45F, and the highs are in the hight 60s; even hit 71 yesterday! IN DECEMBER! Oh, the horror! πŸ˜‚
    So where is this Heavenly river by which you live? North Dakota or Canada; maybe Maine?

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    • I wish I could send you some of our cold, but your neighbors probably wouldn’t like it though! Really, it’s been very mild here too, should be colder than it has been, and it will be more normal the next couple of days. We hit 12F today, it was supposed to be 25F.
      I live way up in northern Ontario, Canada, though there is a lot more land north of us yet in this big province of ours.

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  3. The pics are delightful…walking down to the river would be great ! The sound of crunching snow beneath one’s feet is wonderful ! It is truly a sound of quietness when sitting on a bench or rock…have a restful sleep ! Both of you ! πŸ™‚πŸ˜»πŸŒ¨πŸ˜΄

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    • Thank you so much! Oh my, that snow crunching is a terrible sound to me!πŸ˜‚ When it gets that cold then I stay inside!πŸ₯Ά Have a good night Sharon!πŸ˜πŸ˜»πŸŒ™πŸ˜΄


  4. What a lovely post, Steve! A winter walk among nature sounds delightful. We had a few days of cold weather, however, our current temps are unseasonably warm. We have 15 spider plants on our balcony and they are still green and lush. But the trees beyond the balcony are brown and bare. It’s quite a strange contrast. Frank, our resident frog is enjoying his safe haven in the spider plants.πŸ˜ΊπŸΈβ˜•οΈβ˜•οΈπŸ©πŸ©

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    • Thank you Eugenia! Winter walks are definitely beautiful, if not too cold. But I do enjoy them. That’s nice to see Frank is still around enjoying his own patch of greenery! I can’t remember if I contacted you or not, but I’m not able to leave comments on your blog anymore. Actually all the self hosted blogs that I follow are like that now. WP has been no help since no one else seems to be having the problem. Things always happen to me!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜Ή Have a great day!πŸ˜€πŸ˜ΊπŸŒžβ˜•β˜•

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      • I am getting comments from other followers. With that said, I found the settings in have to be just right for things to work. I changed one of the settings so when you get a chance, please try to comment again and let me know. Thanks! πŸ€”

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      • Yes, that’s what WP said, so they suggested I must have been deliberately blocked, but I know you didn’t do that. And it’s the same on other self hosted blogs too. It has been working up until about a week ago. I can still “like”. I just checked but still can’t comment, I really like your snowflake poem though!


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