What's Your Nature?

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Decided to take a walk down our country road to check out the recent snowfall from Lake Effect storm that dropped 18 inches of snow the day before. We were only suppose to get 2 to 4 inches. It was too deep to walk in the woods so we walked down our road. It was beautiful to see snow hanging on the branches along with blue skies with streaks of white clouds. Of course, it was cold with brisk winds on our way back home. It just feels good to be able to get outside to enjoy Mother Nature brings to the North Country.

First hike with the dogs on a balmy 5 degree day (we've been having a real cold snap!).  The afternoon light at this time of year is lovely against the snow.  

On my way back from a hike at Carry Falls reservoir, the sun setting against the overcast skies were too good to pass up.

A little bit of color in the middle of winter....

Khyber's Slide on Upper Wolfjaw Mountain. Hunting early season ice with Dan Plumley and Loren Swears. The pitches run up to WI3 grade ice.

As the fog cleared from the lower elevations, it left behind a layer of frost on the trees. I like to imagine it was snow. 

Have you ever attended a nature walk that included tree hugging, candy and a human-sized emerald ash borer? Thanks to the nine students participating in the St. Lawrence Sustainability Program this fall, 20 girl scouts from the Canton and Hermon-deKalb have. This nature-based lesson took place at the Sustainability Farm and focused on teaching the girl scouts about sustainability, invasive species, and the carbon cycle. The event closed with a crackling campfire; a fun way to celebrate the carbon that helps keep us warm through long North Country winters. 

With the crazy amount of rain we received this week,Greenwood falls (Pitcairn) was running high & hard.

Just a quick hike up Cranberry Lake's Bear Mountain. Temps were in the 30's, and not another soul around. I always enjoy the first snow hike of the season.