Kim's repaired back makes her reluctant to venture out on snowy and icy trails, so most of the images below were either taken from our porch - often through window glass except when she opens one to brave the cold - or from our car, or from lakeside when I get around to removing snow from the steps. We are all dealing with limitations, right? So, make the best of what we can do.
One thing we can do is to appreciate our winter birds:
|Northern Cardinal - female - messy eater|
|Northern Cardinal - male - and Bird Girl|
|Pileated Woodpecker - working on taking down this tree|
|Brown Creeper - one of our favorites|
|Blue Jay experiencing a bad feather day in the wind|
|Black-capped Chickadee, with snow|
|Tufted Titmouse, in snow|
|Orval, named after Kim's dad, whose hat he wears|
And of course, squirrels were always with us.
Much of winter's beauty was right here on Torch Lake:
Yes, winter means driving on ice, days that are short and cold, and being stuck indoors, perhaps with a cold. (If you are a wimp who moved to a warmer climate, this does not apply to you.) But winter also means celebrating our year in the Bark House, sitting together in the darkening evening on our glassed-in porch, burning the Jotul stove and, Kim in her warm pajamas, sipping our wine or bourbon as we watch the snow fall.
And winter also includes the pleasure of anticipating spring.