Time spent alone, not lonely;
Untrodden trails, my footsteps, singular;
Unspoiled, for my eyes alone;
Never seen before, yet fleeting;
Nature surrounds me, and astounds me;
I am renewed.
– Ed Lehming
A surprising splash of colour in a predominantly white landscape.
I finally had the opportunity to get back on the trails today. We had a few days of unsettled weather, including some freezing rain, a particularly unwelcome visitor for hikers. The recent storm system had produced rain and freezing rain, which essentially turned the trails into a treacherous ice-covered skating rink. Last night another small system rolled through producing wet snow, which nicely covered the ice and provided a wonderful base of sticky snow, proving much-needed traction.
The wet snow also created yet another winter wonderland filled with pine trees covered in thick layers of white icing. The new fallen snow also brightened up the forest and reflecting wonderful soft light throughout the forest.
Among all this brightness, a small maple tree, which had refused to shed its leaves, stood out against the white and green background. I suppose the maple is trying to compete with neighbouring beeches for leaf retention. It was a most welcome splash of colour as the year winds down and we approach 2017.
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD @ 200 mm
1/50 sec, f/3.5, ISO 100