Solitude For Saturday. #3

Good morning everyone on this sunny Saturday! The sun is shining beautifully on the tops of the trees as I write this. It is chilly though, –13F (-25C), but with that wind it feels more like -31F (-35C). So it was cold out there while I fed the birds this morning and shoveled the new snow off the deck. We did get another 2 inches (5cm) of snow, which is not much. We often just get smaller amounts like that, but it adds up after a while. We have had more than 45 inches (113cm) of snow so far this winter, which is about average for us, but more than we had all last winter.

Starting up the path from the river.

We could get a lot more snow yet, the next two months usually give us the most snow of the winter. Unless we get a very warm spring, it will take a long time for the snow to melt along the path to the river. That puts an end to my river walking for a while until the snow has melted. Last Saturday I told of my walk to the river, today we will look at the walk back. It was sunny while I was at the river, sitting on that tree stump, enjoying the peaceful view out onto the river. Watching the ducks have fun on the water.

There was a couple ravens flying around. But it was quiet, calm and peaceful. Now it was time to walk home, which has a couple of long uphill sections to the path. Because of the loose snow my feet kept slipping. It was impossible to get good traction on that kind of snow walking uphill on that first part of the path leaving the river. Finally it wasn’t so steep and walking was easier. It was now cloudy with just a few lazy snowflakes falling. And it was incredibly quiet. I stopped.

A little further on, it has turned cloudy at this point.

There was no sound at all, except me breathing. It was dark along that part of the path through the trees, more so now that it was cloudy. I was completely alone on that path. Far from any sound of people and not even any birds or other animals were around. Being totally by myself. It was quite a feeling. Alone, yet so breathtaking in the beauty around me. I kept walking and left some peanuts for Scramble. I called him but he was not around anywhere. He did show up on my next walk however.

Here the snow was about 21 inches deep, that’s before our latest snowfalls.

I kept going, it was snowing more now, but still not much, but it gave that extra beauty to the scene around me. As I got to the next uphill portion I could hear a few chickadees, but they were not close by. At the top of the hill all was silent once again. Once I crossed the small open field there were more chickadees and a few nuthatches as well, but still not many of either. Soon I was out of the trees and by our street once more. I was close to home so I could hear a lot of bird activity. It was such a beautiful walk. Beautiful solitude. Thank you for reading today, have a wonderful Saturday and God bless!

Steve and Muffin. (top image is crossing the small field area)

Β©2022 Steve McLeod.

17 Comments on “Solitude For Saturday. #3

  1. We were given a lot of snow ! Since it was accompanied by strong winds we had some rather huge drifts ! …That was a real blessing to come home and hear the birds at your feeder ! They know where the best food is ! Sleep well Steve and Muffin ! πŸ™‚πŸ˜»πŸ˜΄

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    • I’m glad we didn’t get more than we did. Yes, it was nice to hear the birds at my feeders, and lots of them too. Thanks so much! Have a good night!πŸ˜πŸ˜»πŸŒ™πŸ˜΄

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  2. Your walk sounds beautiful and peaceful! Our day started at 29 F and is slowly warming up. No snow is predicted in the future. Stay safe and warm. 😺🧣 🧀 πŸ§₯ 🧦 β˜•οΈβ˜•οΈβ„οΈ

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