Sunday, January 27, 2013
There is nothing like a peaceful walk through the woods. It's a gift available to all of us no matter where we live. Where I live on Long Island, NY, we are surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the Sound, large bays, lakes and ponds as well as vast landscapes of pine barrens and wooded trails. In winter, when the tourists are gone, I feel this paradise is all mine.
My favorite time of year is winter. Most people who live on Long Island or visit here prefer the summer with our warm sunny climate, but there is something extraordinary about winter. It has a serenity not found in other seasons and it offers a person a chance to see further through the trees, to areas not easily seen at other times during the year.
When I walk through a wooded area on its wintery white trail, I commune with nature and let it speak to me. It speaks to me through the light breeze, the ice-framed waterways, chirping birds and scampering squirrels. The sky looks brighter blue and the tall grasses look deeper gold. There's a hushed atmosphere that calls me to a deeper sense of peace. It is the outdoor cathedral that invites me today to enter its peaceful dwelling