Saturday, February 23, 2013

☀Sunlit Sunday: Season 2, Week #8

Welcome to Sunlit Sunday. 

I find that, for me, it makes a difference to look for the sunshine in any given week and to share some of it here. It reminds me that wintertime is my friend.

Do I hear some groaning in the background from those in my part of the hemisphere, or perhaps a chuckle from New Zealand and Australian readers who are in the midst of their summer? Work with me! Let's enjoy some pleasures of the season, whether the sun is in the sky or your heart.

Warm woolies, long underwear, mittens, tuques and hoods have a place in my world. Unlike chickadees, not all of us can get along with nothing but a fine display of feathers and a jaunty black cap for warmth.






I belong to a monthly hiking group. While exploring outdoors this week, we spotted rabbit and snowshoe hare tracks, those of a mink . . .



 and some belonging to a wolf or coyote. 



We left a few prints of our own as we trekked through the woods and over a frozen pond. As a retired outdoor education teacher, our leader had arranged for us to borrow some snowshoes. We had fun, despite a tumble or two into the soft snow.



It was well worth getting bundled up against the cold and spending a frosty morning outdoors in the sunshine. It was good for the soul!

There is a line from a famous song by Gilles Vigneault:

"Mon pays, ce n´est pas un pays, c´est l´hiver."

Translated: "My country is not a country, it's winter."

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31 comments:

  1. Great chickadee picture - I can rarely get them to sit still long enough for a picture - especially of two. Great outdoor hiking photos - love the snow.

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  2. You know- snow shoes would be helpful for getting around in my own back yard! That is a great picture of the chickadees. Looks like you had a nice adventure outdoors! We have an occasional visit from a fox that visits. His tracks always head towards the bird feeders and then off to the woods. I hate to rush life, but I'm ready for March to zoom by so the winter will be heading out! I need to smell some earth again!!
    Thanks for hosting!

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  3. Love the bird pics! Thanks for hosting Karen. Of all the linky parties, I always look forward to Sunlit Sunday. There is such a nice group of people that participate here. Xo

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  4. Hi Karen! If you check my entry this week, you will find a picture similar to yours but of a pesky Robin that terrorizes us everytime we go to our yard and try to play anything on a sunny day! Even though I can't wait for spring...I'm not sure I'm looking forward to be pecked! lol...have a great weekend and thank you for hosting!

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  5. Karen, I'm glad you got outside and enjoyed the outdoors on this winter day as I did. I think I linked up incorrectly to my blog and not just the post because I forgot the command on this Mac. If anyone can help me with this it would be appreciated. I managed to do it the other day for another link. I'm too tired to figure it out at this late hour tonight. Thanks for hosting once again. I'll be visiting everyone tomorrow. Blessings, Pamela

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  6. I am so excited to be joining this week. I have linked up a post from over a year ago....but it's sunlit! Thanks so much for hosting!
    Karen

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  7. Sounds like you had a great time. I love those little chickadees. It was sunny here today and I was out taking photos but am too tired to edit and post them.
    Have a wonderful Sunday.

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  8. I love the chickadees also. We did some of those in art class one day. Looks like you had a glorious day in the snow. We have not had enough snow yet to really enjoy. Just some on the road and in a bout 2 hours it was gone. Have a sunlit week dear friend.
    QMM

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  9. Dear Karen,what a great picture of the chickadees birds!My brother lives in Melbourne,and it's very hot there!Looks like you had a lovely walk in the snow!Amazing pictures!We don't have any snow here,only rain,i am so excited to be joining this week!!Hope you have a wonderful Sunday!Hugs!
    Dimi..

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  10. This snowy post evokes great memories in me. Very nostalgic. Thanks.

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  11. Great pictures both of titmouse and snowy. Wish you a good Sunday :) Hanne Bente

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  12. What beautiful winter scenery! How cool that you are able to identify tracks!

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  13. Love the chickadees, but all your pics are wonderful. Tracks in the snow remind me of tracks in the desert -- what fun I had! Thanks for the gorgeous snow and the memories!

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  14. Good Morning Karen,
    Thank you for hosting! Beautiful pictures today...
    I love seeing all the different tracks in freshly fallen snow. Have a great day today!
    All the Best,
    Christine

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  15. Happy Sunday Karen! I just love your shots of the animal tracks in the snow! How wonderful of you to get out and embrace winter. We love hiking here too. You never know what you will see, especially in winter. The landscape & nature can be full of surprises.

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  16. Thank you for hosting. Your photos are fantastic especially as we only had a 'salt and peppering' last night. Snow has all gone now. I especially love your snow shoes! Have a wonderful week and I hope the thaw is soon. Take care. Chel x

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  17. YOUR images are amazing. Your words poetic

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  18. Great capture of the chickadees Karen. Our oldest daughter took her girls snowshoeing on Family Day and was telling me how much fun it was, so I know you had a good time too.
    Judith

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  19. Your hiking club sounds wonderful, Karen! I love looking at the tracks here on the property. Cats, rabbits, deer, and who knows what else? Right after a snowfall, I will see where the deer have been roaming on the property. I love that.

    xo
    Claudia

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  20. Stunning pictures, Karen love all of them and what a great idea with the club :0)
    Kisses
    Natasha

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  21. Beautiful photos Karen.

    I love the tracks.

    We had a teensy eensy bit of snow yesterday but its gone now!

    Stay warm my friend.

    x Fiona

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  22. Beautiful Pictures and it is important to embrace the winter and snow. It does give us beauty... especially when the sun is shining. I took some snow pictures this week.. of our blizzard and the wonderful snow in the sun after the storm was over. Have a great week.

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  23. I like sunlight but I think for now I´m done with snow. :)

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  24. I loved and identified with this post as I too take an early morning walk with winter every morning. I try to identify the wildlife tracks in the snow. I love the snowshoes that you wear..I walk in my warm bogs but hubby and I will shop around for what snowshoes you wear!
    Nothing better than an early morning walk in the snow..sunshine in my heart!
    One day I'll join in on your meme!

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  25. The chickadees are adorable; you captured a great photo, Karen. Thanks for sponsoring Sunlit Sunday!

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  26. Snow shoeing sounds like fun, frosty weather and all. Love seeing the footprints in the snow....so cool.

    Jen

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  27. Oh, I just love the little chickadees! How sweet and lovely they are. Great photograph.

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  28. Beautiful winter snaps..and wow lots of snow! My husband can't get enough of snow.

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  29. What a great idea to join a monthly hiking club. Outdoor exercise like this probably doesn't feel like exercise at all. I must try to remember and join in next Sunday.

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