may the sun bring you new energy by day,
may the moon softly restore you by night,
may the rain wash away your worries,
may the breeze blow new strength into your being,
may you walk gently through the world and know it's beauty all the days of your life.
i thought i'd share a few images from a winter walk in a park near casa mouse. i love hiking in the winter - i find there are many things made visible that go unnoticed other times of year. perhaps if more people got out and walked in the woods during winter, more people would appreciate winter.
the track of a mouse is so cute - it even looks like a mouse! hmmmm, makes me wonder, onomatopoeia is a kind of word from a sound associated with what is named - i wonder if there is a name for a track that looks like the animal which leaves it?
squirrel tracks - can't say they look like a squirrel!
i expect these are the tracks of an off lease dog - or maybe it is something more exciting like a coyote!
alas no snaps of the rabbit or deer tracks i crossed, but here's are a couple more pics i particularly like.
snow settling on a vine shows the spirit face of this tree - oh yeah
an icy waterfall runs down shale cliffs into an iced up river. when the water runs more openly one generally see lots of different types of water fowl in this part of the river- geese, grebes, mergansers, and ducks. this past weekend i saw none - i did see tracks of aforementioned birds - but alas didn't capture any snaps of the tracks - my mind and eye was elsewhere i suppose. i miss the birds.
our weather roller coaster continues - today started out nice and snowy, but the day progressed so did the temperatures - by noon we were above freezing. everything now is wet and drippy; the forecast calls for more of the same. the january thaw has been coming and going all month long. it will be interesting to see what february brings.
i'll probably skip the nature hike this weekend and try and catch up on movies. there are only a few weeks left before the academy awards. a few years ago i started a tradition of visiting my (fellow movie loving) mom for oscar weekend so can watch the academy award show together. the program a great deal more fun if i've seen the movies that are nominated - and i try and get in as many films nominated as possible, at least in the big categories like best picture, best actor, and best actress. my mom is doing really well this year, there are only two of the nine films nominated for best picture that she hasn't seen. i on the other hand, have only seen three of the nine - my goal this weekend is to try and get in two films. in case you are curious, the three i've seen are: the artist (which i loved, loved, loved - too bad there's not a category for best animal in a leadinhttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifg role - uggie (who plays jack the dog) would have that award paws down! midnight in paris (again two enthusiastic thumbs up!) and moneyball (which i enjoyed).
i couldn't think (or find) a song about animal tracks, specifically mouse tracks - instead how about a song by modest mouse - float on from their 2004 album good news for people who love bad news
photos: rocky river reservation, cleveland january 2012