Normally we’re watching the daffodils and other early flowers emerge from the ground about now.
Well, this winter wasn’t quite “normal”. A bit cold and on this first day of March we got… MORE SNOW!
Any emerging bulbs are buried, yet again, in the white stuff.
Doug and I grabbed a yummy breakfast at the Shamong Diner and headed off into Wharton State Forest for some geocaching and nature photography!
We found 5 out of 8 geocaches. We forgot how challenging it can be to find ’em when they’re buried in the snow! Although, if someone has been there recently it is super easy to follow their footprints to the cache – almost no GPS needed!
Here is some of what we saw along the way…
Tundra Swans! We haven’t seen them too much because most of the water near us has been frozen over.
This family was happily swimming along at Reeve’s bog over in Brendon T. Byrne State Forest (NJ).
The gray one is a juvenile.
I just love, love, love seeing the Tundra Swans! They’re only around here during the winter – and they are beautiful creatures.
They make the cutest noises when they’re chatting with one another…click below to listen to ’em…
Here’s another pic of ’em…
And, of course, we saw Canada Geese….
The snow was really coming down here!
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I love taking pictures of trees…
Here are those same trees with a few of their friends…
Snow Falling on Bare Trees 2 (buy prints, cards and gifts HERE.)
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And I made my first attempt at photographing a snowflake!
They’re a natural mandala 🙂
I took some other micro shots…
Lichen on a Pitch Pine…
And nearby was a pine tree with orange/red coloring on it’s bark with some other interesting lichen (??) growing on it…
I always think just about every pine I see in the Pine Barrens is a Pitch Pine. I’m thinkin’ the one above is something else? Or the red is an indicator of a Pine Beetle infestation? What do you think?
Getting out in nature is something that truly fills me with happiness.
It wasn’t too long ago that I couldn’t even remember what made me happy. Life had kicked my butt with depression and getting back to “normal” (whatever that was) became a challenge.
I had to re-discover myself and find a way to light that spark again. If you’re in a spot where you truly WANT to feel better, re-connect to yourself and life again, then I encourage you to read my book “Get Back on the Feel Good Train” – it shares my story and 4 strategies I used to move from “Blah to Bliss!”… and, oh yeah – it’s free! Click HERE to get it!
I hope you enjoyed our little Nature Stroll during the snowfall.
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While driving on a dirt road after sunset this evening a Tom Petty song came on the radio – yeah! I like Tom Petty and all his little Heart Breakers 🙂
The song? It was “American Girl”. Great song. BUT – it reminds me of the girl in Silence of the Lambs driving down the road before she is abducted and ends up in a well/ditch from the crazy guy that says “it puts the lotion in the basket” and plans to use her skin to make a human skin suit.
Then I got to thinkin’ about other movies that have left a lasting (paranoid) impression on me – here are some:
Friday the 13th made me paranoid while camping and canoeing. Luckily that has faded with time!
Psycho had me wanting to shower with the shower curtain open and water pooling on the floor. Doors locked!
Jaws – I don’t even think I ever saw the whole movie – but, to this day, I’m freaked out by the possibility of sharks in the water (even in swimming pools – yes – I’m a dork!).
Your turn… What movies freak you out? Share ’em in the comments below.