After clearing the driveway, I decided to visit the local forest. Geared up with my camera, snow boots and a warm winter jacket I was good to go. Apart from the occasional bird, the woods were quite except for the sound of melting snow falling from the branches and my footsteps. I did hear a Northern Flicker following me, its song echoed in the valley. Amazing that it survives these cold winter months. The snow accented the already spectacular visual landscape and as I got away into the deep woods the more enchanted the forest became. The sound of a nearby stream, my crunchy footsteps and snow dropping from branches got me into a meditative trance, walking and lost in the now. We are lucky to have such access to connect with nature.