Carved bowl spring

Sunny December Walkabout

The Jack Field is still covered in snow, and the winter breeze comes down off of it into the slough, making you wish you’d brought a hat.

Even though the day is warming up, there’s still needle ice in the seeps and creeks; we enjoy stepping on it—so crunchy!—but I’m guessing it’s a bit harder on the animals that don’t have sturdy hiking boots.

needle ice in a seep
needle ice in a seep

We hiked out the yellow birch trail, pausing to see if we could collect any birch cones that might have fallen, but they’re all up high, holding tight, so instead we gathered spent beechnut hulls to use as an offering further down the trail.

milkweed in december
milkweed in december

We saw milkweed pods still seeding out, which made me recall that I really enjoyed eating the green pods this summer (delish!), but never remembered to come back and harvest some at the right time to eat the “whites” or seeds; so there’s something new to try for next year.

beechnuts at the carved bowl spring
beechnuts at the carved bowl spring
beechnut hull offering
beechnut hull offering

The carved bowl spring was a mess. We haven’t cleaned it up in a while, so we took the time to move some downed limbs and scoop the dead leaves out of the bowl. I didn’t wait for the water to clear up again before I took this photo of my small thank you—the beech nut hulls on a red stone—to the mountain for all her winter gifts.

mailboxes at the end of the drive
mailboxes at the end of the drive

Heading down to get our mail, we stopped to appreciate the pretty sunshine at the end of our driveway, and on the way back we took this shadow-picture of the two of us, plus all our minions, who were waiting for us to head back up to the house after our walkabout.

Our shadows on the driveway
Our shadows on the driveway, with Rocky, Pippi, & Bee

I didn’t realize until we got back home that I forgot to check on the bees! I’ll try to catch them again on a warm day soon.

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