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January 6, 2013

New Year’s Walk

Filed under: Walking the Dogs — Karma @ 5:55 pm
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Hi there everyone! We are nearly a week into the new year and this is my first blog post of 2013!  2013 – a year I’ve looked to since my first baby was born as so very far away and now it is here.  The year my first child graduates from high school.  I’m excited and nervous and happy and sad all at once.  But we’ve got months to go until that happens so I’ll contain myself for now.  You’ll be sure to hear more from me about that as June rolls closer with all the events that go along with it arrive.

My first photos of 2013 were of a snow-covered walk in the woods, and I’d like to share them with you.  I’ve published pictures from this walk that the dogs and I take many times, but I’m pretty sure these are the first completely covered by snow.  It was a heart-pumping, feel-good-about-myself kind of walk.

The meadow that I walk into in the summer time that is usually filled with helicopter-like dragonflies, was shiny and sparkly in the snow.
Winter meadow

The brook where hot-and-tired Daphne likes to rest in the summer was partially frozen over.
Winter creek

Our “tunnel” path had a different look with a snowy bottom.
Snow covered path

There were no bluebirds to be found in this section of the walk this time around.
snow covered path 2

The new year began with a beautiful blue sky. If there were leaves on the trees, you could almost look into it and believe summer wasn’t too far away.
Blue winter sky

Near the end of our walk, nearly back to the house, I noticed these peeling birch trees. Funny, I’m 43 years old and I’ve lived in suburbia with birch trees my entire life, but I don’t remember ever seeing them peel like this.
peeling birch trees

Near the end of New Year’s Day, I took a picture of my dinner for that dinner blog-along I suggested in this post, and guess what? That’s the last time I remembered to take a dinner picture! The rest of the week was back to school and back to the routine and taking pictures of dinner disappeared from my mind! I’m going to try to make myself remember this week so that I’ll have at least 7 dinner pictures to share with you.

I hope 2013 is treating you well so far. I have a couple ideas for photo projects that I may or may not get to this year, but will definitely share with you if I do. Looking forward to another year of sharing photos and adventures with you.


  1. I’m looking forward to it too !

    Comment by sybil — January 6, 2013 @ 6:00 pm | Reply

  2. I love those peeling birches. I think they are a certain variety. I just Googled and found the river birch http://treesandshrubs.about.com/od/selection/tp/birchtrees.htm
    I bet the dogs love the snowy walk just as much as the sunny one.

    Comment by Becky Sue — January 7, 2013 @ 8:06 am | Reply

    • I had no idea there were so many types of birches.
      I think the dogs may like the snowy walk even more than the sunny one!

      Comment by Karma — January 7, 2013 @ 4:03 pm | Reply

  3. How can it be that your baby will graduate from high school this year? What a sweet AND bittersweet year. Looking forward to sharing 2013 with you, my friend.

    Comment by Kathy — January 7, 2013 @ 3:54 pm | Reply

    • I have no idea how that could be happening, Kathy! I certainly don’t feel old enough to have a daughter graduating from high school, so I suppose that’s a good thing, right?

      Comment by Karma — January 7, 2013 @ 4:06 pm | Reply

      • Tis a good thing, dear friend. You’re still a wee sprite. You must be! 🙂

        Comment by Kathy — January 7, 2013 @ 4:07 pm

  4. That snow looks sooo nice! Doesn’t matter how cold it is outside, I love going for walks in the snow.
    The birches look really cool….. I think next time you’re out with the camera you should get a little closer ro them and take some macros 🙂

    Comment by TheDailyClick — January 8, 2013 @ 11:04 am | Reply

    • Thanks Michaela. I might have to go for walk without the dogs to manage a macro – and I’m sure they’d never forgive me if they found out! 😉

      Comment by Karma — January 12, 2013 @ 9:03 am | Reply

  5. Looks like a lovely walk. The snow is so pretty. Our snow is all gone now. The trees look like some kind of “paperbark” birch. There are paperbark maples too. I’ve been wanting to plant a paperbark maple. Maybe I’ll do it this year. Finally. 🙂

    Comment by Robin — January 14, 2013 @ 9:36 am | Reply

    • Becky up there left me a link on types of birches – this seems to look like the river birch. Is paperbark a variety of trees?
      Thanks Robin.

      Comment by Karma — January 15, 2013 @ 4:28 pm | Reply

      • I think so, Karma. I’m not sure. My husband is the tree expert around here (and he’s not home to ask at the moment). I’ve seen different varieties of them, though (birches and maples).

        Comment by Robin — January 22, 2013 @ 6:24 pm

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