Sauntering in the snow

Kennedy checks out the snowy pond.

The recent snow fall has left some giddy about the possibility of a white Christmas and others grumbling about clearing drives and walkways. It has transformed the woods and fields into one coherent blanket of white.

A quick search of the internet found a quite a few quotes on the subject of snow.

Including this one from Antoinette van Kleef, “When snow falls, nature listens.”

It surely does seem like nature listens, or at least it quiets down so it can hear a little better. Snowy morning walks seem quieter than usual, with the possible exception of plowing tractors and growling snow blowers heard off in the distance.


Kennedy clears a creek.

A quote from Vista M. Kelly reads, “Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things, but just look what they can do when they stick together.”

This is so true. While they melt in an instant, a couple million of them can slick up area roadways and paths making driving or walking more difficult than before.


Kyle gets a face full of snow.

Perhaps, a less optimistic view of snow is brought to us by poet E.E. Cummings, “The snow doesn’t give a soft white damn whom it touches.”

Kyle, the goat, found this out to be true when he tried to reach an evergreen branch laden with snow.


Kyle chews on a stick.

Love it or hate it, it is the season for snow — even though winter doesn’t officially start until Dec. 21. And the jury is still out on whether the snow will remain for the rest of the season or keep coming and going.


Sherman and Buford play in the snow.



Sherman and Buford play in the snow.

 (A Walk in the Woods contains photos from newsroom staffer Anna Applegate’s daily jaunts around her neck of the woods. Tagging along on the treks are dogs, Buford and Sherman, and goats, Kyle and Kennedy. Applegate manages the Good Times and can be emailed at