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A Winter Walk

"There is a slumbering subterranean fire in nature which never goes out, and which no cold can chill .... This subterranean fire has its altar in each man's breast; for in the coldest day, and on the bleakest hill, the traveler cherishes a warmer fire within the folds of his cloak than is kindled on any hearth. A healthy man, indeed, is the complement of the seasons, and in winter, summer is in his heart."
-- From the essay "A Winter Walk," by Henry David Thoreau.

New Year's Day in Valley Forge was beautiful but very chilly -- I set out that morning when it was 19 degrees, and returned two hours later when the mercury had climbed to a 'balmy' 24.

I had said on New Year's Eve that I wanted to spend more time in Nature in the new year. Despite leaving a nice warm bed the next morning, I am so glad I started 2009 this way. The sparkle of sunlight on water nourishes me, and there is something magnificent about the stark simplicity of winter in the woods and fields.

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Jan. 2nd, 2009 01:14 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year!
You got off to a good start. Lovely photos and a sense of restfulness and purpose to your post.
Jan. 2nd, 2009 03:32 pm (UTC)
Oh, how lovely, Fudgelady!! Happy New Year to you! E.

Jan. 4th, 2009 04:45 am (UTC)
Same to you, Giggles!
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