It was -13C and sunny without a breath of wind. We’d heard the Rotary Trail had been groomed so we headed out with Georgie, the golden grand-dog who was visiting for a few days. The weather had kept us in recently and we missed the fresh air and the time in nature. It did not disappoint.
The coniferous trees were laden with snow as we entered the trail system.
The trail was well groomed and the walking was easy in the cold temperatures. The sunny sky made the shadowed areas look blue. Solitary trees, laden with the fluffy white looked frozen in time.
The song of a Downy woodpecker was unusual. The only sound we normally here from the tiny birds is the tap tap along the tree trunks.
The snow piles up on the remnants of tree trunks and on the windward side of the trunks.
It can be harsh here when the wind blows.
Further along a Red squirrel demanded attention.
Georgie was particularly interested in the squirrel.
She enjoyed the trail and we allowed her off lead to run between us. Georgie stayed on the groomed trail where she stopped periodically to nip the ice from between her toes.
She groomed herself in the snow.
Before long we had walked to the Confederation Trail which is used by snowmobilers this time of year.
Some snow machine enthusiasts were on the fields which are parallel to the trails.
We walked back the way we came, savouring each minute in nature this time of year.