I took Grace for a walk on a particularly sunny winter's day. It was the perfect weather; a mix of warm (sun) and cold (snow & ice) that is so refreshing.
I came across the above smiling faces on my walk & asked if I could take a photo of their happy hats. I forgot to ask their names, but they happily posed for my camera. Sweet little faces!
Next to them were a couple of boys ice skating on the trail! Note that there isn't actually an ice rink; just the walking trail with some ice on it. I love how kids will find a place to play anywhere! I saw a cast off pair of skates laying on the ground. Made me wish I had a pair to whisk off to the local canal & attempt skating again (something I've never been very good at).
I saw the above little pine cones on the ground and when I looked through the lens, the chevron shapes that someone's boots left behind became visible. I love finding shapes and textures in nature.
Gracie had a sniffing fiesta over a small gathering of twigs and brush. She is so cute when she gets sniffing; stretching her neck out and tucking her ears back.
It was a much needed nature walk; seeing the glistening powder on the ground, the children playing outside, the sunshine doing its thing. The world was awake and active. It's a good time to breathe and soak it all in.
with sunshine and smiles,